Animation Staff for New Studio Ghibli Movie Listed

See samples of the work of animators on "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari"

Tomorrow, Studio Ghibli plans to announce the cast for Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Today, their production blog has listed the animation staff for studio co-founder Isao Takahata's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari. The two films were to be released simultaneously this summer, but Takahata's long gestating project got pushed back to fall. 


Animation Director: Kenichi Konishi (character design, chief animation director on Tokyo Godfathers and Fullmetal Achemist: Sacred Star of Milos, animation on Princess Mononoke FLCL, Evangelion 2.0, Paprika)

Unit Director: Osamu Tanabe (director on Ghibli short Dore Dore no Uta, animator on Golden Boy, Junkers Come Home and the Sci-Fi Harry opening)


Key Animators:

Shinji Hashimoto (animator on Akira, Spriggan Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocense, Legend of the Black Heaven's opening) 


Miwa Sasaki (The Cat Returns, Summer Wars, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)

Masashi Aando (character designer for Spirited Away, character designer/animation director on Paranoia Agent and Paprika, animator on Evangelion 3.0, Pom Poko, Porco Rosso, Tekkon Kinkreet)

Shuji Otsuka (Akira, Angel's Egg, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Wings of Honneamise)

Hideki Hamasu (Ghost in the Shell, Genius Party, Jojo's Bizarre Advneture, Magnet Rose, Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent, Sailor Moon)



As far back as 2009, the talk was that Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's first movie since his 1999 water color style adaptation of family comic strip My Neighbors the Yamadas would be a retelling of 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) - the story of moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The story figured into many other anime, from Oh! Edo Rocket to to Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Millennia to Sailor Moon.

via @liborek3 and @tsk06

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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