Studio Ghibli has teamed up with Bungeishunju to launch a new Bunshun Ghibli Bunko imprint, dedicated to publishing books related to the work of the revered anime studio. The first three, released this month, include Ghibli's Textbook 1: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Cinema Comic 1: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and the newly revised edition of "Sakuga Asemamire" (Sweat-soaked animation drawings), a memoir written by Hayao Miyazaki mentor Yasuo Otsuka.
The Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind textbook covers the 1984 pre-Ghibli work that catapulted Hayao Miyazaki to fame. It includes behinds-the-scenes info on the production, paster interviews, and interviews and articles to reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the production process. It also includes discussions by critics Takashi Tachibana and Tatsuru Uchida, writer Hiromi Kawakami and manga critic Eiji Otsuka.
The Cinema Comic book is a re-edited edition of an ani-manga comic previously released by Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co.
Sakuga Asemamire looks at the career of veteran animator, and mentor to Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Yasuo Otsuka.
Future plans include a textbook and a Cinema Comic book for Castle in the Sky in May, followed by My Neighbor Totoro in June and Grave of the Fireflies in October.