by Chris MaGee
Even casual fans of anime genius Hayao Miyazaki knows that he's an aviation buff. Miyazaki's father and uncle actually owned and operated Miyazaki Airplane, a company that manufactured the rudders for the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter planes used by the Japanese Imperial Air Force during WW2, so aviation is seems to run in the 68-year-old animator's genes. Now it looks like Miyazaki will not only be paying tribute to the original designer of the A6M Zero, but in a round about way to his father and uncle as well.
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Miyazaki will be contributing a two part manga titled "Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)" to the February 25th and March 25th issues of Model Graphics, a popular Japanese model kit hobby magazine. The mini-series will center around Dr. Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer and designer behind the A6M Zero.
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