Hayao Miyazaki, the animated film director and co-representative of the Henoko Fund to block a new U.S. military base in Okinawa gave a rare talk hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. At the press conference, in which Miyazaki took questions rather than offering a speech, he criticized Prime Minister Abe's support of US military expansion and Japan's own shifting military footing. More after the jump.
Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki has spoken about 74-year-old director Hayao Miyazaki's plans to work with CG for the first time on new short "Kemushi no Boro" (”Boro the Caterpillar”). More after the jump.
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.