And Then, An Aeroplane
Join Alison Autumn June (@alisoncoffee) and Em Marko (@em_being) on a journey through the entire filmography of Studio Ghibli every two weeks! We take questions, talk about Miyazaki’s love of all things aerial, and generally relax in the balm of some of the most delightful anime on earth. Take a break and join us!
We take on the tragedies minor and major in one of the most heart-wrenching films either of us has ever seen with Grave of the Fireflies. The joys of life, the sorrows of death, and the failures of community and country both wartime and not take the center stage in this beautiful movie.
Studio Ghibli is now a real thing and we watch their first film in this, the third episode of our rewatch podcast. Today we discover that everything that isn’t a Nausicaa is instead a Laputa, we discuss the limits of a setpiece first storytelling method, and we love us some adorable robots. Truly we have reached the end of the beginning!
There are classics and then there are classics, and this week we watch arguably the most important work of Hayao Miyazaki as we delve into our pile of emotions around Nausicaa. We talk Miyazaki’s already apparent tropes, ecology, politics and war, depictions of women, voice acting, fatalism vs hope, and so much more in this monster bug of an episode. Thank you to all our new listeners for an amazing first episode and hopefully many more!
Welcome to the premier of And Then, An Aeroplane! Hosts Alison Autumn June and Em Marko begin their year long voyage to the bright shores and high skies of the films of Studio Ghibli, bringing you a new movie every two weeks. This time, we begin with the first film by Hayao Miyazaki, and the second film of the gentleman thief Lupin the Third. What does it mean to be a dashing hero? What mysteries can we solve and do they matter? Why even include Goemon if he’s just going to stand around? All this and more in this first, action-heavy episode!
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind