The Valley of the Wind (Nausicaä’s home)

While I was in college, I read Hayao Miyazaki’s manga books of “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”. He had his books first, before his very first Studio Ghibli movie was released in March of 1984. I thought that they were brilliant, thanks to Hayao Miyazaki.

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So from the manga books to his anime masterpiece, this is Nausicaa’s home. The Valley of the Wind. A land of freedom and hope. Very peaceful.

While most of the Studio Ghibli movies took place in Tokyo, Japan, Ancient Japan, on the moon, close to Italy, in the Japanese countryside, Yokohama, Kobe, far up north of Japan, a coastal town by the sea, set foot in the mountains, or at a local city by the sea, this took place in the future.

Years before “Castle in the Sky” was next in 1986, and set foot in a future that every anime fan was surprised on, this took place in the future, a 1,000 years after an apocalyptic warfare struck. The jungles were very toxic and poisonous, as no human would ever dare to enter.

That was when the Valley of the Wind was created, as the humans who live there, always get lots of wind and sunshine. Especially when they have built some windmills.

Nausicaa was born years later, and became a princess. From her glider to meeting a fox squirrel given by Lord Yupa, her adventure began as how the movie started off. Before she saved the Valley of the Wind when the movie ended.

By looking at Studio Ghibli movies, for where they live like the Valley of the Wind for example, it would be great living there. No matter what happens.

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Clow Reed and the Clow Cards (Prologue to Cardcaptors)

Dedicated for Carly McKillip (mostly), Matt Hill, Maggie Blue O’Hara, Samuel Vincent, Rhys Huber, Nicole Oliver, Dale Wilson, Brian Drummond, Venus Terzo, Janyse Jaud, Jocelyne Loewen, Kelly Sheridan, Linda Rae Jurgens, Bill Switzer, Colin Murdock, and Willow Johnson.

The original English cast of “Cardcaptors” from Nelvana, as this anime TV show was shown mostly on Teletoon. A kids TV channel in Canada like YTV.

Light And Dark

 

Water

 

Earth

 

Fire

 

Windy

 

Fly

 

Snow

 

Wood

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Dash

 

Erase

 

Mist

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Jump

 

Dream

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Time

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Return

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Power

 

Fight

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Shield

Sword

 

Sleep

 

Flower

 

Big

 

Little

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Rain

 

Cloud

 

Change

 

Mirror

 

Sand

 

Shadow and Thunder

Shot

 

Song

 

Silent

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Maze

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Illusion

 

Freeze

 

Float

 

Storm

 

Sweet

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Glow

 

Lock

 

Move

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Loop

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Twin

 

Voice

 

Arrow

 

Bubbles

 

Create

Through, Wave, and Libra.

Those happen to be the 52 original Clow Cards in the hit anime TV show “Cardcaptors”. Since the day that “Cardcaptors” was on that TV channel Teletoon.

Clow Reed, a wise and honorable magician, born with a Chinese mother and an English father who were both magicians together, learned the ways of magic since he was raised in Hong Kong, China. Exceptionally tall with long black hair, and a ponytail, wearing those dark clothing, he always smiled. Especially on snowy evenings.

Very wise, with immense power, can also look into the future by his powers. He did loved someone.

Su Yung. A wind sorceress before there was Kagura in the “InuYasha” series. She was also a fortune teller.

Their love didn’t lasted very long. This made her become very furious, as she had battles with Clow Reed. Until he imprisoned her with all the magic he had left.

And on that moment, in Hong Kong, China, just when he was near death, he finally created the Clow Cards.

All together, were locked in a mysterious book. What about his two guardians, close to Clow Reed?

His fiery large-winged mountain lion, decided to guard the book and remain in the book. In the form of a plush animal until after centuries, he accidentally fell asleep for 30 years. He never returned to his true form until the last card was captured, close to the final judgement. I don’t know on what happened to Yue, that white powerful angel, but he did chose Julian Star as his borrowed form I believe.

And after that first episode that lead to its 70 episodes and one movie that took them to Hong Kong, China all together, “Cardcaptors” became remarkable, beautiful, and a very brilliant anime TV show on Teletoon in those glory days.

You can see for yourself…

The Great Train Robbery (1978)

From the author that did “Westworld”, and “Jurassic Park”, Michael Crichton, he wrote the novel first in 1975, and then as a film director, he made it into a movie in 1978.

In the year 1855, during the Crimean War, lots of 24 carat gold was transported on a moving steam train. From London to a small town called Folkstone. Located at the last railcar at the end of the train, with no caboose or brake van, it had to be in these hard core safes. The only way to get them out, was by getting four keys to open these safes.

And never, I repeat never, had there ever been a robbery on a moving train. But thanks to what happened, they finally got the 24 carat gold out of it.

Way before there was George Clooney as Danny Ocean, in “Ocean’s Eleven” and a year before Lupin III and his partners almost stole cash, but rescued a princess bride in distress in “The Castle of Cagliostro” in 1979, thanks to Hayao Miyazaki, our masterminds on stealing gold from that steam train, were Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.

They together, portrayed as the clever aristocratic masterminds. The first phase was by making replicas of those four keys, to unlock those hard core safes. The second phase was to know on which day, that the train will be transporting the gold, and how they are gonna get it off it. The final phase, was to get away from the police after that train stops at Folkstone.

They almost got arrested, but they finally made it to freedom. Everyone from the courthouse cheered for them. The very first great train robbery in 1855, a success. And how they outsmarted the British police very well. So for an outstanding movie, 8/10 stars. Really good.

This movie I recommend, happens to be for only adults. Especially if you’re a fan of Michael Crichton, the author/film director himself.

So if you’re planning to take more than $1,000 like this for example, you gotta be a mastermind like those two, Lupin III along with his friends, and Danny Ocean portrayed by George Clooney too.

Just as long, as you do not want to cause a train crash. And end up like how they did….

(crashing into old railcars)

(He stops the train)

Henry the Green Engine: “Oh boy…”

Duck the Great Western Engine: “Oh man!”

More than $1,000 is what one mastermind must do. Otherwise, you do not want to end up like these smelly boxes of fish that can give a strong smell that can spring in the air.

I know, right?

Lik-Lik: “Ha! Don’t worry. We already ate”

Birth of the Dragon (2016)

By looking at kung fu fighting and karate, between China and Japan, they are always unique. Especially by learning the ways of martial arts.

Bruce Lee however, in San Francisco in the year of 1964, met Wong Jack Man as they had a secret fight together.

This was nine years before he became a phenomenon and was in that smash hit movie, “Enter the Dragon”.

Philip Wan-lung portrays as Bruce Lee, as Xia Lu portrays as Wong Jack Man. Together as one, they definitely beat Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Angelina Jolie in those “Kung Fu Panda” movies.

One move out of those two fighters, Angelina Jolie as Tigress for example, would have damaged bones all over her body, bloody eyes, not stay alive for about two hours, and not see the love of her Brad Pitt from that violent Second World War movie by Quentin Tarantino, “Inglorious Basterds” to save her.

But like that Hayao Miyazaki movie, “The Castle of Cagliostro”, they were not just fighting for fame and glory. They were trying to rescue beautiful Chinese girls from a nasty Auntie in which she is almost like a yakuza but only different.

So like how Lupin rescued Clarisse from a nasty count in that anime masterpiece, Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man in this movie were rescuing those Chinese girls in distress from that nasty woman.

They sure did, and were ready to make history as legends. And on that day, Bruce Lee as a real fighting dragon was born.

Although I do feel very sorry for what happened to the real Bruce Lee, after “Enter the Dragon” was released, that was lead to his death.

But as for those two, Xia Lu and Philip Wang-lung, they are as good as how the real Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man would really be. And it makes me wonder this…

“Will they beat Jet Li in a fighting tournament?”.

I think they really will. And as for this movie on Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man, by introducing to those two new Chinese stars, 9/10 stars. A straight ‘A’.

Isao Takahata’s funeral

Since celebrities like David Bowie, Robin Williams, and Roger Moore have died, cremated, and had their ashes scattered, Isao Takahata never had his. He remained to have a funeral to remember.

Days before Prince Harry married an actress, all of Japan came to his funeral. Hayao Miyazaki was there to say a few words.

A farewell ceremony was at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo on May 15th, 2018. In Hayao Miyazaki’s words that he told…

I was convinced that Paku-san [Takahata’s nickname] would live to be 95 years old, but he unfortunately passed away. It makes me think my time is also limited…Thank you, Paku-san”.

I do feel sorry for Hayao Miyazaki on how he lost his friend and co-founder. Although life isn’t fair for how movies and TV shows are not going as we ever imagined in the future today. But I’m still into Japanese culture such as anime and manga. And I think that Isao Takahata’s work and masterpieces, are really remarkable than any animated movie or TV show in the entire world. In Japan and when they come to North America to be in English, yes. (And must deserve Oscar awards!)

The ones that are made in the United States, and in the UK, nevermore. (Except for a few good ones that are in my blood and memories that I know of).

From Miyazaki’s speech on memories with Isao Takahata, to that ending song on how it was used in the ending of “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” for his funeral, we shall never forget that co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and how he was Hayao Miyazaki’s kindest friend that he ever had in his entire life.

Rest In Peace Isao Takahata. We shall never forget you. But we will miss you for sure.