Remember when Hayao Miyazaki not only made a manga praising proud Nazi tank ace Otto Carius & his WW2 German comrades, but also went out of his way to visit & hang out with the guy?
The manga, "Otto Carius: Tigers in the Mud", praises the man in a very personal manner & makes it clear its narration comes not from a "character narrator" but from Miyazaki himself - there are constant "bickering with the editor" gags, for example.
Military nerd Miyazaki praises the Soviet side too, of course, but the story's far from neutral; it's shown from a Nazi perspective & wants the reader to celebrate Carius & co's victories, even omitting "unpleasant" events from otherwise feel-good moments. Very cutesy art too.
"But no way was Carius a capital-N Nazi, right?"

Don't listen to me, listen to his own audiobook about the "defamation of the German soldier in film" & the "desecration" of Nazi memorials celebrating his "comrades" who "fought to be saved from communism":
Miyazaki himself has echoed less overt but somewhat similar sentiments:

According to Miyazaki's BFF Anno, Nausicaa "rejecting coexistence", "bloodying her hands so that her own people would survive" was Miyazaki at his most honest:…
"Should Carius & regular German WW2 soldiers be dehumanized?" No, and I don't think Hayao is a closet fascist. But within a US context, the only reason he's not judged for this stuff is... it's far more CONVENIENT to ignore it & simply pretend he's super-woke by modern standards.
"Are you trying to get Miyazaki canceled"? only among an influential academic minority with a history of simplifying his legacy as propaganda for a cultural pissing contest. I want more people to appreciate the fascinating ideological indecisiveness that defines a lot of his work
Indecisiveness & contradiction defines a lot of his work & ideology. He's both a tree-hugging pacifist and a hardcore war otaku who thinks tanks are badass. He thinks loli fans are stupid while being a clear loli fan.
I'm not saying "reject Miyazaki"; I'm saying "reject the smol bean pure boy Miyazaki sold as a product & embrace the fascinatingly weird real human Miyazaki whose self-contradictions only make his work more interesting".

Also watch Animal Treasure Island
Not directed by Hayao but it has significant creative input from him + lots of his key animation + early example of Miyazaki pigs & tomboys in the same film + generally a great time
I'm not saying Miyazaki is a war hawk; morally & logically, he opposes war & imperialism. Emotionally, he enjoys the aesthetics & stories of war.

this is an important distinction to make; it's why the "wow cool robot" meme is so embarrassing.
When you compare him to other showa-era authors, Miyazaki's treatment of Carius is not surprising. Look at Kazuo Koike's Lone Wolf & Cub; Ogami Itto picked a self-destructive, dark path, but he's still portrayed as badass fully dedicating himself to this path & giving it his all.
This is why analyzing manga/anime from a black & white perspective is misguided. Itto perpetuates a cycle of revenge & violence, yet the living Buddha he assassinates still finds something transcendental about him; his ability to reach a Zen state allowing him to pursue his goals
PS no I don't know if Carius was an actual member of the Nazi party, maybe not, but whether I call him a "nazi" or not a lot of you be angry anyway so t(0.0t)

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