Miyazaki on writing

I’ve become skep­ti­cal of the unwrit­ten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same fea­ture, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to por­tray a slight­ly dif­fer­ent rela­tion­ship, one where the two mutu­al­ly inspire each oth­er to live — if I’m able to, then per­haps I’ll be clos­er to por­tray­ing a true expres­sion of love.
— Hayao Miyaza­ki (source)