With the 2013 release of “The Wind Rises,” his eleventh feature film, Hayao Miyazaki retired from making his beautiful animated films. Animation fans worldwide were disappointed to hear this, yet thrilled to see him go out on such a high note. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we close our Miyazaki series with his final film “The Wind Rises.” We talk about the direction of Miyazaki’s career and how it took him to this story as his final output. We chat about the nature of dreams and nature and how these elements become the key connections to Miyazaki’s touch that he’s had through his other films. We discuss the nature of biopics and how an animated biopic full of fictional elements ends up feeling to us when looking at how it connects with the real Jiro Horikoshi and his role as a Japanese airplane designer pre-WWII. We debate Miyazaki’s decision to tell this particular story and how it reflects on his pacifism. We touch on the voice casts in both the English and Japanese versions, commenting on who worked well for us. And we bring up Joe Hisaishi, the film’s composer, and the beautiful music he contributed here as well as in “My Neighbor Totoro,” which we forgot to bring up last week. It’s a great film that is certainly worth watching and discussing. Tune in!