It broke my heart to see the Studio empty. No frenetic pencils, calisthenics or energy, only its lonely rooms & desks, the quiet air inhabited by the lives once in there created... To see his demons and fears, about life and death, while everyone he holds dear seems to slowly leave... "I'm prepared to die before it's finished. I'd rather die that way than die while doing nothing. To die with something to live for." ♥
If you can ignore the annoying forced English voice-over, it's actually a really original documentary exploring a dark theme — in the face of death, why should one keep creating? Here we see a struggling Miyazaki not at the prime of his career, but at the end, yet the documentary doesn't become a retrospective, but instead examines the future of an aging artist finding purpose despite being surrounded by death.