„It's difficult. [My female protagonists] immediately become the subjects of rorikon gokko (play toy for Lolita Complex males). In a sense, if we want to depict someone who is affirmative to us, we have no choice but to make them as lovely as possible. But now, there are too many people who shamelessly depict [such protagonists] as if they just want [such girls] as pets, and things are escalating more and more.“
— Hayao Miyazaki Japanese animator, film director, and mangaka 1941
1988 interview with Animage, Animage, vol. 125, November 1988. Retrieved June 8, 2007.