The Miyazaki film, Gake no Ue no Ponyo played on the Friday Night Roadshow on NTV last Friday, but it didn't pull in anywhere near the viewership of the first showing. Hard numbers after the jump.
"Ponyo Ponyo Ponyo sakana no ko..." In news that may gratify anyone forced to listen to the Ponyo theme song a few too many times, actress, vocalist, and seiyu Nozomi Ohashi announced that she will be retiring from show business at the ripe old age of 12. More after the jump.
Tokyo Character Street at First Avenue Tokyo Station features various character-specific stores for famous Japanese anime, manga, and other characters. One of the most popular store is Donguri Garden, the official Studio Ghibli character goods shop. Check the photo report after the jump!
The Glory Gospel Singers, a gospel singer group from New York, have released their first album in Japan, "Tenshi ni Anime Song o... (anime songs for the angels)", on November 2. They cover the popular songs from the classic Studio Ghibli anime films, such as "Castle in the Sky", "My Neighbor Totoro", and "Ponyo". Listen to their beautiful voices after the jump!