Laputa: Castle in the Sky Review

I reviewed Laputa: Castle In The Sky from an ecological perspective for Vodzilla’s ongoing Miyazaki retrospective.

Tension and balance: Environmental optimism and Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Think back to the physics you were taught as a 14 year old and you may remember two principles that guide the way Miyazaki tells stories: tension and balance.

Tension is two forces pulling away from each other; the more they pull, the greater the likelihood that something will snap or break. Balance is two equal forces, each affecting the other and threatened if one increases but the other does not. Miyazaki longs for a world in balance, but instead sees one in a great tension between man and nature, and his films are often about trying to achieve the former while dealing with the latter.

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