I just finished watching The Wind Rises and now I’m crying my eyes out. But as I was watching I couldn’t stop thinking that instead of Nahoko (and Jiro kinda) dying in the end, it should have carried on into the beginning of My Neighbor Totoro. I mean the resembles is right there! First of all, Jiro and Nahoko look very similar to Tatsuo and Yasuko (bonus that Mei bears a close resembles to Kayo, Jiro’s little sister). And second, with Yasuko being sick and Tatsuo working on papers and it would have worked out just fine with the storyline. Yasuko became pregnant and then they moved from Tokyo to the countryside because of her illness and when Mei plays around and finds Totoro, Tatsuo is working with a project which looks similar to Jiro’s.
I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s a possible theory? And I’m literally an emotional wreck after watching the end of The Wind Rises, so thinking that Nahoko didn’t die and they had Satsuke and Mei and moved away and lived happily ever after, it’s a comfort.