Nippon Animation is staging an art exhibition in Ikebukuro featuring production materials from World Masterpiece Theater, including layout artwork from Hayao Miyazaki. Hit the jump to learn more.
Along with a variant blue-light re-release of their 2013 "Souzou Galleria" figure of the robot soldier from the first Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli movie Castle in the Sky, Bandai Premium has scheduled a model of the film's famous flying Flaptter for November release. Get a look after the jump.
Hayao Miyazaki is on record as being unsparing in his criticism of his industry, his peers, his juniors, and even their children. So, imagine what he'd have to say about a subject on which he's at least a bit ambivalent? Some of this was captured in a sketch (apparently) published in a 1983 Image Board Collection, unearthed, and recently posted on Japanese board 2ch. Get a look after the jump.
"Welcome to the Ghost Tower", a new exhibit at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo which opens May 30, 2015, highlights the cultural impact of Japanese mystery author Edogawa Ranpo and features artwork by Hayao Miyazaki. Hit the jump to learn more.
On January 7, a pair of gunmen attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had attracted attention for its depiction of Islamic figures. Revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki touched on the subject on TBS radio, and in keeping with his complex political views, he questioned the wisdom of Charlie Hebdo's cartoon. The magazine responded, and in keeping with their approach, they weren't having any of Miyazaki's proffered point of view.
Hayao Miyazaki's 2013 anime film Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, which is considered as his last feature film, was aired on Nihon TV for the first time from 21:00 on February 20. Its average viewing rating was 19.5%, which was 10.3% lower than his previous film Ponyo aired in February 2010. Hit the jump for more story.
To noone's suprise, 74-year-old, semi-retired anime director Hayao Miyazaki has been keeping busy. Besides working on an exhibit for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo’s Mitaka city, the Studio Ghibli has been involved with efforts like the Fuchi no Mori no Kai, which, last weekend, sent 260 volunteers into the forest that inspired My Neighbor Totoro. More after the jump.