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Following up last month’s story on the first new Miyazaki drawn manga in several years, I’ve managed to track down some more details and a couple of images (click for larger versions). The first part of Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ, The Wind Rises) was published last week in Japanese hobby magazine Model Graphix, and is based on the life of Zero fighter designer Horikoshi Jiro, and is not – as some websites will try and tell you – a ‘glorification of WW2 kamikaze pilots’.

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What’s particularly interesting is that he has decided to illustrate all the manga’s characters as anthropomorphic pigs – the contrast between the character designs and the mechanically detailed aircraft instantly reminiscent of his 1992 classic Porco Rosso. Also, the story starts with Jiro as a young man, meeting with legendary Italian aircraft engineer Giovanni Caproni, designer of the Caproni Ca 309 Ghibli – which is obviously the origin of the studio’s name. Check out some more details over at Ghibli World.

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Obviously, I’m going to try and track down a copy of this charming looking manga, and I will of course let you know how I get on.