Alex Dudok de Wit is the associate editor at Cartoon Brew and an animation correspondent for Sight & Sound. His writing has also appeared in Vulture, Little White Lies, The Telegraph, The i, The Independent, Time Out, Index on Censorship, and elsewhere, including specialist animation publications like Skwigly and ASIFA Magazine. He also translates from Japanese as part of the Art Translators Collective. He is the translator of Shuna’s Journey (First Second), a new manga classic created by Hayao Miyazaki, the internationally award-winning animator creator of 11 features. Shuna’s Journey follows a prince of a poor land on a quest for a golden grain that will save his people. Shuna watches the harvesting of what little grain grows in his kingdom in despair. When a traveler shows him seeds from a mysterious western land, he sets out to find the source of the life-saving golden grain. He meets a girl named Thea while on his journey and frees her from her captors and she escapes to the north. Shuna continues toward the west and reaches the Land of the God-Folk. But will he ever see Thea again? And will he make it back home with the grain?