Remember that Hayao Miyazaki figure previewed on the revered anime director's 73rd birthday? Well, there's still a little time to order one. But not much. The deadline to order Bigshot Toyworks and Martin Hsu's Miya-san is Friday at midnight Eastern. More after the jump.
V4 Record has begun offering Yasuyuki Okamura's Space Dandy opening "Viva Namida" on international digital music retailers. Meanwhile, Joe Hisaishi's soundtrack for Hayao Miyazaki's final movie, The Wind Rises, has been added to iTunes in the US and Canada as part of a move to bring more Studio Ghibli music to the iTunes Stores around the world. More after the jump.
Gunma Prefectural Police announced on January 27 that they arrested a 34-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of posting a 30-minute digest footage from Hayao Miyazaki's 2013 film The Wind Rises onto a video-sharing website FC2. The footage was surreptitiously filmed in a theater. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese internet search engine site Goo today announced the result of their latest web poll to ask "Which Studio Ghibli film world do you want to stray into?" The No.1 film voted by 5,815 people is Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (1988), which illustrates the thirties of the Japanese Showa era filled with natural beauty. Check the ranking after the jump.
This year, 19 films were submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar contention. Since at least 16 were accepted, a field of five films have received nominations, including Hayao Miyazaki's final anime feature, The Wind Rises. Meanwhile, Shuhei Morita's "Possessions" from Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace anthology was nominated for Best Animated Short Film. More after the jump.
Keep an eye out on the movie biz news this morning, because the nominees for this year's Oscars are about to be announced. A likely contender for Animated Picture is Hayao Miyazaki's Wind Rises. In anticipation of their February 27th Australian release of the revered director's swan song, Madman has put together a look at his anime movies going back to Castle of Cagliostro. Get a look after the jump.
Here's a fun breakfast baking project using the iconic shape of everyone's favorite Ghibli forest spirit., a baking and crafting Youtube channel dedicated to making all sorts of cute things, have put together an instructional video on how to make Totoro poptarts. Get a look after the jump.
In this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, notorious geek Jeffrey"Comic Book Guy" Albertson marries autobiographical manga author Kumiko. The episode will boast a cameo by legendary comic writer Stan Lee, and it will feature a hallucination sequence paying tribute to retiring, revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki. Get a look after the jump.