VIZ Media has announced the release of Turning Point: 1997-2008, an insightful collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, and illustrations from legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki. The new title covers the critical stage in the legendary director’s career when his animated films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo began to garner a significant international audience. Turning Point: 1997-2008 will debut as a hardcover edition on April 8, 2014 and will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN.

Turning Point: 1997-2008 is the companion second volume to the earlier Miyazaki chronicle, Starting Point: 1979-1996, which was originally published by VIZ Media in 2009. This volume examined the first part of Miyazaki’s career, during which he rose from humble beginnings to create the seminal animated features Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso, as well as his launch of Studio Ghibli. A fitting introduction is offered by John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney. VIZ Media will release Starting Point: 1979-1996 in a new paperback edition on April 8, 2014 under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN.

Turning Point: 1997-2008 follows Hayao Miyazaki as his grand vision continued to mature, cinema-lovers worldwide discovered and embraced his creations, and prominent film critics such as Roger Ebert delivered tremendous acclaim for the director’s films. In his legendary career, these crucial years represent the turning point. In the mid-1990’s, Miyazaki moved from success to success as his work found a fervent audience outside of Japan. His animated films of the era, including Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, were internationally lauded, and Miyazaki won an Academy Award® in 2003 for his film, Spirited Away, which was a commercial and critical hit.

Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director, says, “These two memoirs focused on Hayao Miyazaki are extremely insightful and give tribute to the power of animation as an art form. Both Starting Point and Turning Point offer collections of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki’s childhood, the founding of Studio Ghibli and continues with essays and discussions focusing on some of his most popular films, including Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. A captivating must-read for any anime aficionado or fan of the entrepreneurial spirit, these new books are wonderful tributes to a true visionary’s unending dedication and skill as a master storyteller.”

VIZ Media will also be releasing a stunning full-color hardcover edition, The Art of The Wind Rises, based on Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and final feature film, on April 8, 2014.