Japanese Publisher Launches New Studio Ghibli Imprint

"Nausicaa" books and memoir of Yatsuo Otsuka published in April

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.


via The Asahi Shimbun

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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