I have always been a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s many anime films. I was instantly interested in watching The Wind Rises when I first watched the trailer, which pretty much displayed the very soul of the film itself. When I watched the film, I was completely overwhelmed at the visual effects and dramatic storyline. I also liked the historical references it made such as the immense earthquake that struck Japan in 1923. In many ways, I could connect with the main character, Jiro Horikoshi, because of the way he pursued his dreams. When I found out who was playing the English cast, I did not know what to expect or if they would do an adequate performance, but the voice actors such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt exceeded my expectations. In particular, Martin Short’s character reminded me of some of the roles the actor Joe Pesci played, which was often a short, smart-mouthed individual. Overall, I would recommend this anime to anyone who seeks to have their imagination take flight and inspiration ignited.