It's been over a year now since Japan's preeminent animator, Hayao Miyazaki, decided to clear his desk at Studio Ghibli in Tokyo. Hayao had been there almost thirty years after he curated the animation studio in 1985 with his partner, Isao Takahata. Over this 29-year-long period, the studio managed to moil out 19 full-length feature films, including Japan's highest-grossing film, Spirited Away. Studio Ghibli produced a perfect picture of Japan's ethics and aesthetic to the world, and this image became Americanised, popularised and universalised.

The works are gentle, bold and kind - every bit Japanese. Many will look back on the Ghibli oeuvre and remember the delicious strangeness of Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke - or whichever obscurity you happened to stumble across between skimming channels. Ghibli consistently presented vast worlds, disconnected from the safety of adulthood. Big skies, forests too deep to be untangled and seas spread too wide to riff through. As the age of Ghibli has supposedly ended, there are certain works that jut out in our memories. As the fan community recap, there seems to be a certain Ghibli cache that many have missed. As well as films, television series and video games - the studio also made music videos. Though they seem to be clouded moments amongst the studio's opus, at their best they are small, brilliant encapsulations of the Studio Ghibli project.

The studio produced six music videos in total but the most startling is under Miyazaki's direction, 'On Your Mark'. The video was made in 1994 as Miyazaki wrangled with writer's block whilst working on Princess Mononoke. Essentially, Mononke - one of the studio's most revered films - may not have been so without the experimentation that Miyazaki exercised in the music video. He used computer animation instead of the studio's usual hand drawn cell animation for 'On Your Mark'. Without these early undertakings Mononoke wouldn't have had the change in sensibility needed for Ghibli's romantic epic. To be sure, the use of computer animation added greater poignancy and severity to the whole of the Ghibli oeuvre and 'On Your Mark' bears this transition.

The video was made for the Japanese rock duo, Chage & Aska and still contains many of the Miyazakian staples despite the progression. The most formative of these being the wind which sweeps throughout each scene and the police aircraft reminiscent of Ghibli's beginnings. 'Ghibli' of course being Italian for 'wind', and the inclusion of the aircraft is a nod towards Miyazaki's father who designed and operated the A6M series of aircraft during World War II.

Despite it being a compressed Ghibli experience, the music video hits you with the same pangs that come with a full-length feature. In these films you can usually expect to find someone - usually a human girl or animal who is trapped somewhere she shouldn't be. 'On Your Mark' follows a similar paradigm in which a girl with exquisite wings is found on the ground, hesitant to fly. As akin to many of the films in the Ghibli canon also, the girl escapes and ostensibly returns to her homeland. In a moment of Shakespearian triumph, she ups and flies away like Prospero from Ariel and all of this happens over some of the most gloriously gaudy rock music I've heard in a while.

Archivists, by all means reiterate again and again the importance of Miyazaki's full-length films, but there's a lil' bit of undiscovered magic to be found in his studio's music videos.