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Westall Gensou: Tynemouth e no Tabi

Tynemouth e no Tabi chronicles a trip Hayao Miyazaki took to the English town, to learn about British aviation history and the novel Blackham's Wimpy. It was first published in a new Japanese edition of the novel in 2006.

In Britain, the late author Robert Westall wrote a book titled, "Blackham's Wimpy." It was a tale about British bomber pilots in the Second World War, and was published in 1982. A Japanese translation appeared in 1990, when it caught the eye of a certain famous filmmaker. Miyazaki was already familiar with Westall's other books, and since this one dealt with airplanes and the war, he became a dedicated fan.
We see reenactments, with ongoing commentary, of one of the scenes from Westall's st...

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Tynemouth e no Tabi chronicles a trip Hayao Miyazaki took to the English town, to learn about British aviation history and the novel Blackham's Wimpy. It was first published in a new Japanese edition of the novel in 2006.

In Britain, the late author Robert Westall wrote a book titled, "Blackham's Wimpy." It was a tale about British bomber pilots in the Second World War, and was published in 1982. A Japanese translation appeared in 1990, when it caught the eye of a certain famous filmmaker. Miyazaki was already familiar with Westall's other books, and since this one dealt with airplanes and the war, he became a dedicated fan.
We see reenactments, with ongoing commentary, of one of the scenes from Westall's story, only to cut away just when the British plane is spotted by the Germans. Miyazaki then cuts away, instructing the readers to read the full story for themselves. He details his own impressions when he first discovered the novel, as well as his own childhood feeling towards WWII and his own country's involvement. There are detailed cutaways of the bomber planes, nicknamed "Wimpy's" by the British, and more commentary. In the final act, Miyazaki (portrayed as a pig, of course) finally meets Robert Westall, drawn as a Scottish Terrier, and they have a conversation together.

(source: MyAnimeList and Ghibli Blog)

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