After a recent health scare had many animation fans fearing the worst, Hayao Miyazaki is back in the news today for multiple reasons -- all of them GREAT!
. Long-time Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki is also observed as he oversees both projects.The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness opens in Japanese theaters on Saturday (11/16/13).
"I think he will serialize a manga. From the beginning, he likes drawing about his favorite things. That's his stress relief."
Suzuki then confirmed the project's Warring States setting, adding:
"He'll get angry if I talk too much. Let's stop talking about this."
A quick primer on the Warring States for those of us ignorant about such things:
The Sengoku Period is one of the most interesting periods in Japanese history and gives rise to some of the most famous historical figures. It is the golden age of the samurai. Following the Onin Wars (1467-1477), Ashikaga rule weakened and Japan was subsequently thrown into a century of anarchy. Political forces and alliances changed regularly and everyone continually vied for more power and larger territories.
According to a Wikipedia entry on The Firearms of Japan, many of the battles fought during the Warring Period were swords vs. arrows vs. spears vs. bullets; musket-carrying foot-soldiers against horseback samurai. While this sounds wholly horrific, I can’t wait to see how Miyazaki portrays this armory cacophony.
Another interesting tid-bit from jcastleinfo:
During the Warring States Period, literally hundreds of castles were constructed throughout Japan.