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.
The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan is currently closed for extensive renovations, but will re-open in July of 2016 with a new exhibition planned and supervised by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. Hit the jump to learn more.
Disney's John Ramirez previously shared a concept for a ride based on Hayao Miyazaki's anime film classic My Neighbor Totoro, and he's since returned to Ghibli and Miyazaki to take a crack at a Castle in the Sky / Laputa ride. Imagine how it would all go down with the image after the jump.
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun has posted video of the heavy damage to “Laputa no Michi” (Road of Laputa) running through Aso in the heavily earthquake-affected Kumamoto Prefecture. The Kario main road got nicknamed for Hayao Miyazaki's original Studio Ghibli movie, Castle in the Sky because the scenic view appears to be floating due to low-lying clouds obscuring the lower part of Mount Aso. Get a look after the jump.
Studio Ghibli co-founder, former president, and producer Toshio Suzuki is often the one who offers the narrative of what happens at the revered anime production house. According to him, the conversation went something like this... Toshio Suzuki: "How about some LINE stamps?" Hayao Miyazaki: "stamps? like postage?" TS: "not quite... Miya-san, do you want to draw them?" HM: "not a chance!"
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's first anime movie, Castle in the Sky. Nippon Television Network got the year started with a Friday Roadshow broadcast of the Hayao Miyazaki feature, along with the associated Balse Festival, then followed it this week with 1989's Kiki's Delivery Service. Fans enthusiastically responded on social media with trivia, tribute art and even cooking!
On January 5th, Japanese social media was pretty quiet about Hayao Miyazaki's 75th birthay. It seemed like folks were keeping their powder dry for what was coming on. On January 15th, Nippon Television Network marked 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's first movie with a broadcast of the movie Castle in the Sky (August 2, 1986). This meant it was time for another Balse festival.
Happy 75th birthday to Hayao Miyazaki! As anime's most internationally revered director celebrates his diamond jubilee on January 5th, social media was a bit subdued, maybe gearing up for what's to come a week from Friday. On January 15th, Nippon Television Network will be marking the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's first movie with a broadcast of the movie Castle in the Sky (August 2, 1986).