Hayao Miyazaki’s 2009 manga mini-series Kaze Tachinu focuses on Jirou Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. Tatsuo Hori’s 1936–37 novelette Kaze Tachinu follows the tentative relationship between a male narrator and Setsuko who suffers from encroaching tuberculosis.
"Because every time you see them happy, you remember how sad they’re going to be, and it breaks your heart. Because what’s the point in them being happy now, if they’re going to be sad later? The answer is of course, because they are going to be sad later.”