The Other Side looks at the truth behind the story of The Wind Rises. 

Episode Title: Breaking The Wind Rises 
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Cody Baier, Andrew Erickson
Executive Producer: Sean Russell
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Hot Wind Blowing from the Metal Gear Rising Soundtrack


In a follow-up to their infamous Miyazaki episode, The Other Side takes a look at Miyazaki’s “last” film, The Wind Rises. Specifically, the creepy undertones of revisionist history and the apparent denial of any responsibility from Japan for WWII. Was Jiro really the pacifist he was painted as in the film? Can Miyazaki be any crappier of a person? Find out the answer to all these questions, and more!’






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  • Ew, get that lying-ass daily dot article off my show notes!

    Also, my bad; the opening song is Hot Wind Blowing from the Metal Gear Rising soundtrack

  • Kerberous

    B-but anime journalism can’t be a joke! Zac told me that Kill la Kill is great and that only anti-intellectuals hate Aku no Hana. Jason Thompson also told me that Mysterious Girlfriend X(the spit fetish manga) is about pure love and is better than Attack on Titan. Here’s a link for the people thinking I’m making this up:
    Oh, and I’ve checked to see if anyone was actually disgusted or offended by this, but I found people saying they would by MGX in a heartbeat. ANN members are the best.

    And this Zoe Quinn controversy has to be the peak of this disgusting gaming feminism trend. If something worse than this will be endorsed by all these assholes in gaming journalism, I will never pay money for any game.

    • Haha! I didn’t know about the Jason Thompson bit, that’s great!

  • DarthYan

    wow, that is pretty bad. Though to his credit he has been attacked in Japan for saying that comfort women should be compensated. Than again attack on titan fell under similar fire for glorifying someone many koreans consider a war criminal

    • Not only is AoT not a whitewashed biopic, but AoT’s author made a statement out of ignorance, whereas Miyazaki outright glorifies Jiro.

      • DarthYan

        fair enough

  • Normality

    When I first read that Hideaki Anno was Jiro in the original version of this movie, I thought it was a perfect match. After all, what does pretentious bullshit love besides more of itself?

    Well that, and it was a good indication that the movie was going to suck.

  • An article on The Wind Rises that brings up the major issues with this movie we did:

  • RyanJM

    Hello Cody, the first thing I want to say before I ask my question is that after listening to many of your podcasts I can honestly say I both respect and value your opinions on the world of anime. While the second thing I want to say is that I apologise for this comment being totally off topic from this episode.

    Anyhow recently listened to your episode devoted entirely to One Piece, while listening I could just feel the love you had for it, which made me start to wonder. What do you think of the ‘genre’ (not sure if genre is the right word or not due to all of what shonen encompasses) of Shonen as a whole? Do you mind it being in some aspects simplified? Would you say it is ruined slightly by the fandom (I know you certainly don’t like it)? Finally what do you think of each of the big three ending in around the next three years?

    Once again I apologize for this not being on topic as well as this being a rather large post. Thanks for taking your time to read through it as well.


    • Well we know One Piece won’t be ending any time soon, and that’s really the only one of the “big 3” I’d hate to see go, so I’m not terribly heartbroken (I like Bleach, but yeah, the time is right to wrap it up). As for shonen as a whole, I’m not a huge fan. Much of the genre is terribly unoriginal, recycling the same themes and ideas time and time again. Occasionally a more original series like One Piece or JoJo comes along, but then you’re gonna have waves of more cookie-cutter shonen series that then go and just copy shit from those original series (cough Fairy Tail cough).

      That said, some of the best series fall under the shonen category, but part of what makes them great is they don’t feel like shonen. I constantly forget Fullmetal Alchemist is shonen, because it never feels like it. It just feels like an expertly crafted story.

  • Bonglorio

    I met a Totoro from an antique land

    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

    Stand in the ghibli hills. Near them on the grass,

    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown

    And bearded lip and sneer of cold contempt

    Tell that its director well those passions read

    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

    The hand that animated them, the heart that fed.

    And on the pedestal these words appear:

    `My name is Hayao Miyazaki, King of Anime:

    Look on my works, ye gaijin, and despair!’

    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,

    The lone and level plains stretch far away”.

  • Ravuf

    Anime where History goes to die