The Nippon Academy-Sho Association has announced the winners of its 37th Japan Academy Prize, often referred to as the Japanese Academy Awards. Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises won the Prize for Animation of the Year, the 2nd prize for Miyazaki and fourth for Studio Ghibli. More after the jump.
VIZ Media announced plans to expand their Studio Ghibli Library imprint expansion with two books in the fourth quarter of the year. A Princess Mononoke art book re-release will be joined Hayao Miyazaki's early, 1980 watercolor version of the story. More after the jump.
If you were betting on the Oscars, Bovada had Frozen at 1/30 for Best Animated Featured film and the field, including Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at 7/1. See how the safe bets won after the jump.
Following last fall's announcement that Hayao Miyazaki will retire, Japanese telecom provider NTT Docomo conducted a non-scientific "Voice of the People" survey in which 8585 responded to the question of who they think will carry the banner of anime forward after the internationally revered, Oscar winning and again nominated director left the medium. See who they picked after the jump.
Comic-Con International has announced that Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaa) and Rumiko Takahashi (InuYasha, Ranma 1/2) join Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O’Neil, Antonio Prohias, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson as nominees to be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2014. More after the jump.
Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar nominated final anime movie, The Wind Rises, arrives in limited US theaters February 21, 2014 and expands on February 28, 2014. Touchstone's official Youtube channel for the feature has posted the TV spots for the coming release. Get a look after the jump.
SHOTanime brings us a report on a super swanky Hayao Miyazaki-themed art walk where local visual artists showcased their Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki themed works and local vendors displayed their very best Ghibli-inspired hand-made items. Enjoy after the jump!
Seattle-based art director and designer Bruce Yan recently opened his first one-person show, “Brand New” at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles with iconic logos redesigned to feature iconic characters, mostly from animated classics. So, along with likes of Ariel as the Starbucks mermaid and Bugs as the Playboy bunny, there was out great Hayao Miyaki inspired graphic work. See the results after the jump.
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.