Is Miyazaki Marxist?
Miyazaki felt guilty about growing up comfortably under parents who made money from the war, while others suffered from it. This seems to have affected his ambivalent feelings towards war and weapons. He was strongly influenced by Marxism.
Is Hayao Miyazaki religious?
I do not believe in Shinto, Miyazaki tells me, but I do respect it, and I feel that the animism origin of Shinto is rooted deep within me. Miyazakis reverence for nature first emerged in 1984s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, in which a post-apocalyptic landscape comes under further threat from a toxic jungle.
What does Spirited Away represent?
In English, to spirit away means to remove without anyones noticing. In Japanese folklore, spiriting away (Japanese: Kamikakushi (神隠し), lit. hidden by kami) refers to the mysterious disappearance or death of a person, after they had angered the gods (kami).