Shuna's Journey (Hardcover)
A must-have for every Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki fan. It was so fascinating to go through this story for the first time, not only for its own story’s sake, which is simple, sparse, and evocative of some long-lost legendary tale, but also to see character designs, creatures and story elements that would percolate back into Miyazaki’s films and the fantastic Nausicaä manga written just after Shuna’s journey. A story that can be read in a single sitting, but grows with each reread as you absorb more and more of these gorgeous illustrations and, to English speaking audiences, an entirely new Miyazaki story that was previously unavailable.
-Tom— From Neat November Staff Picks
December 2022 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2023 Eisner for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
From legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki comes Shuna's Journey, a new manga classic about a prince on a quest for a golden grain that would save his land, never before published in English!
Shuna, the prince of a poor land, watches in despair as his people work themselves to death harvesting the little grain that grows there. And so, when a traveler presents him with a sample of seeds from a mysterious western land, he sets out to find the source of the golden grain, dreaming of a better life for his subjects.
It is not long before he meets a proud girl named Thea. After freeing her from captivity, he is pursued by her enemies, and while Thea escapes north, Shuna continues toward the west, finally reaching the Land of the God-Folk.
Will Shuna ever see Thea again? And will he make it back home from his quest for the golden grain?
Films by Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli include:
- The Boy and The Heron (coming Dec 8, 2023)
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Spirited Away
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Princess Mononoke
About the Author
Born in 1941 in Tokyo, Japan, Hayao Miyazaki cofounded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Isao Takahata. Among his eleven animated features, Spirited Away (2001) broke every box-office record in Japan, and won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the 75th Academy Awards for Animated Feature Film. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) received the Golden Osella award at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. Miyazaki was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. The Wind Rises (2013) was nominated for the 86th Academy Award for Animated Feature Film. In 2014, the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with a Governors Award for lifetime achievement. He is currently working on a new production.
Alex Dudok de Wit is the Associate Editor at Cartoon Brew. He is an animation correspondent for Sight & Sound. His writing has also appeared in Vulture, Little White Lies, The Telegraph, The i, The Independent, Time Out, Index on Censorship and elsewhere, including specialist animation publications like Skwigly and ASIFA Magazine. He also translates from Japanese as part of Art Translators Collective. He is based in London, UK.
A Junior Library Guild selection
"Every scene in this cinematic work stands apart with breathtaking watercolors aided by expert staging and blocking... A reimagined folktale as grand as its painted visuals are sublime."—Kirkus, starred review
"This book was published decades ago in Japanese, but is now finally published in English, and it will inspire some long-overdue appreciation...For Miyazaki fans, as well as any readers who would enjoy fantastic stories that unfold in surprising ways."—School Library Journal, starred review.
"Gorgeous... Shuna's Journey foreshadows much of Miyazaki's later work while still managing to be a complete standalone story in its own right." —Entertainment Weekly
"Though aimed at and certainly appropriate for younger readers, Shuna’s Journey is a delight for any graphic novel or manga fan. Beyond that, the arrival of this book is a publishing event that should be broadly celebrated." —Forbes
“Eerie, enchanting and surpassingly strange.”—The New York Times
"Beautiful...we rely on the children in his stories to explain his beautiful, broken worlds to us and to assure us that they will fix them.”—The New Yorker online