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What is it with Miyazaki and blobs?

Saw Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城) Sunday night with my girlfriend on the Roppongi Hills Premiere Screen. It's a pretty cool little movie theatre at the massive Virgin Cinemas where the seats are like giant La-Z-Boys and you can bring in real drinks with you.

And I don't mean in a paper cup either. They give you a glass of beer.


Anyway, Howl's is the latest anime movie by legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. My question is, what is the deal with Miyazaki and blobs of disgusting goo?

In a number of Miyazaki movies, there is at least one character made of oozing black goop:

-- In Howl's, there are gangs of slimy minions that stalk the heroine, Sophie.

-- In Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し), there is one big, slimy character, the "No-Face", which stalks the heroine of that movie, Sen (Chihiro).

-- And in Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫), the guardian of the forest turns into a giant, slimy monster. (He doesn't really do much stalking, though -- no doubt an oversight by Studio Ghibli.)

Any anime experts out there, please help me out: What is the significance of this repulsive trope?


Anonymous said...

What, slimy, nasty, blobs without any shape aren't horrifying to you?

Look at it this way; what do we fear the most? The unknown. Formless creatures have no shape that we can wrap our little minds about and become familiar with, thus making them known, instead of unknown. It's all about our subconcious and things of that nature.

Then again, Miyazaki may have some sort of jello fetish. I dunno.

Still, I could have used a beer when I went to see Ghost in the Shell movie "Innocence" here in the states. Fun as hell. Weird as all get-out to boot. I soo do love Japanese cinema some times. Nothing like coming out of a theater going; "What the f*ck was that all about? And why the f*ck is blood coming out of my eyes?". The resulting "Ping!" as your subconcious reveals the truth to you three days later is pretty neat as well.



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