Staggering adventures through the air are certainly the desire of Hayao Miyazaki with The Wind Rises. His passion for aviation and the heroes behind it is admirable. He plans out his final bow, and for a good few years, The Wind Rises was the final offering of a masterful animator. A man who had steered a genre to its peak, and offered some of the finest features available to audiences of so many generations. That impact is felt throughout this feature, one that looks to adapt the life of Jiro Horikoshi not with fact, but with appreciation. It is here that Miyazaki can deliberate on what he feels makes an effective human being, and he does so with such a natural desire to express his respect for the Japanese engineer through dream sequences and a fictitious personal life that fuels the fire of his passion.