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Joe Hisaishi's Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro

33 1/3 Japan

By (author) Kunio Hara
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, New York, United States
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic USA
Published: 6th Feb 2020
Dimensions: w 127mm h 196mm d 14mm
Weight: 220g
ISBN-10: 1501345125
ISBN-13: 9781501345128
Barcode No: 9781501345128
My Neighbor Totoro is a long-standing international icon of Japanese pop culture that grew out of the partnership between the legendary animator Miyazaki Hayao and the world-renowned composer Joe Hisaishi. A crucial step in the two artists' collaboration was the creation of the album, My Neighbor Totoro: Image Song Collection, with lyrics penned by Miyazaki and Nakagawa Rieko, a famed children's book author, and music composed by Hisaishi. The album, released in 1987 prior to the opening of the film, served not only as a promotional product, but also provided Miyazaki with concrete ideas about the characters and the themes of the film. This book investigates the extent to which Hisaishi's music shaped Miyazaki's vision by examining the relationship between the images created by Miyazaki and the music composed by Hisaishi, with special emphasis on their approaches to nostalgia, one of the central themes of the film.

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Many fans of Japanese anime love their musical soundtracks, but few scholars have studied their appeal. Kunio Hara explains in clear, soulful language how Joe Hisaishi and Miyazaki Hayao collaborated to create the sonic environment for the beloved My Neighbor Totoro, balancing a scholars' sophisticated musical analysis and a fan's emotional engagement. * E. Taylor Atkins, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Assistant Chair of History, Northern Illinois University, USA * Kunio Hara is one of the few music and Japanese film scholars with a truly multidisciplinary and multilingual competence. To discover the minutest details of Totoro's music through a panoply of references previously unavailable to English-speaking readers, while also enjoying endearing recollections on the special sense of nostalgia exuded by the film, is all the more satisfying. * Marco Bellano, Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in History of Animation, University of Padova, Italy *