Foreword The Cat Bus and Pure Cinematic Magic John Lasseter talks about Hayao Miyazaki I first met Hayao Miyazaki-san about twenty years ago in Los Angeles.
On Creating Animation Nostalgia for a Lost World Gekkan ehon bessatsu: Animēshon (Animation: Monthly Picture Book Special), Subaru Shobō, March 1979 What animation is to me If I were asked to give my view, in a nutshell, of what animation is, I would say that it is "whatever I want to create."
In the end, that's where we must start from each time. Even in a chaotic, ruined world, there will always be good things and exciting things. As in Nausicaä, "We are like birds, forever going beyond that morning, spitting out blood as we fly."
And come to think of it, when I see Miya-san these days, he tends to quietly tell me, almost in a meditative essay form, about such things as the American bullfrogs that have taken up residence in the pond in the yard, or his visit to the Zenshōen sanitarium for leprosy patients.
The information here (ex. 2009 publication date) pertains to the Cary and Schodt translation of Miyazaki's Starting Point and not to the original Japanese which was published in 1996 as Shuppatsu Ten, 1979–1996 in Japan by Tokuma Shoten [affiliated with Studio Ghibli]. The English translated version also does not have all the content included in the Japanese original (missing about 17 articles).