The Ghibli Museum, located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka-city, Tokyo, confirmed that it had attracted 10 million visitors in 15 years since its launch in October 2001, and held a ceremony to commemorate the record today on January 14, with Keiko Kiyohara, the Mayor of Mitaka-city as the guest. Hit the jump for more details.
NHK made waves back in November of 2016 with a TV special focusing on Studio Ghibli co-founder / anime director Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement to work on his first 3DCG film, Boro the Caterpillar. Now a special, extended version of the TV special will be broadcast on NHK in January. Hit the jump to learn more.
Back in December GKIDS announced plans to screen Princess Mononoke in North American theaters, lined up nicely for its 20th anniversary. The time for the English-subtitled screenings arrived on Thursday, with dubbed showings to follow on Monday, January 9. Hayao Miyazaki's feature is accompanied by his never-before-seen music video On Your Mark!, and you can see a sample in the clip after the jump.
Hayao Miyazaki has a history of blunt comments. You might remember his famous zingers about iPads and otaku. Last month, he was on NHK's 50-minute special documentary program "Owaranai Hito (NeverEnding Man) Miyazaki Hayao." This, focused on the production process of his first CG short "Kemushi no Boro", and you might remember that it made news concerning plans for a hand-drawn feature. Well, this week, some of its comments concerning AI raised eyebrows.
Movie Natalie has reported that Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said at the talk event with Tomohiko Ishii (The Sky Crawlers) yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki's new short film Kemushi no Boro/Boro the Caterpillar will be completed by Spring 2017 and is scheduled to be screened at the Ghibli Museum in June or July of the year. Hit the jump for more details.
Believe it or not, Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away is 15 years old. The feature originally debuted in 2001, and GKIDS is teaming up with Fathom Events and Hot Topic to present its limited return to U.S. theaters, with screenings planned at select cinemas nationwide. Read on for more.
In NHK's 50-minute special documentary program "Owaranai Hito (NeverEnding Man) Miyazaki Hayao" aired last night in Japan, internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he had started working on his new hand-drawn anime feature film project. Hit the jump for more details.
Retirement hasn't really slowed influential animator / director Hayao Miyazaki down, or at least that seems to be the thesis for an upcoming TV special that will air on NHK in November. Hit the jump to learn more.
After his time at Toei, Hayao Miyazaki spent the mid-to-late 70s working at Zuiyo Eizo/Nippon Animation on projects such as World Masterpiece Theater and Future Boy Conan - a 1978 adaptation of The Incredible Tide by Alexander Key that demonstrated many of the themes with which Miyazaki would become associated. The titular hero of that series is now being featured as a poseable figma from Max Factory and Good Smile Company.
A clever engineer has reproduced the look of Nausicaä's glider with a functional aircraft that completed its first test-flight on July 31, 2016, at the Takikawa Sky Park in Nakajimacho, Takikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan. Hit the jump to soar the friendly skies.