Cafe de Donguri, the official Studio Ghibli character goods store, is preparing to celebrate Japan's Mother's Day holiday with a line of adorable flower pots and planters. Hit the jump to learn more.
41-year-old Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) and Marnie Was There (2014), confirmed today that he had already left Studio Ghibli as of the end of the last year. Hit the jump for more details.
Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli fail to capture Oscar gold at the 87th Academy Awards. More after the jump.
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.
Ensky's TsumuTsumu ("stack stack") are one of a couple of lines of Japanese mini figures ready to be piled on the of geek desks and shelves (Plex's TsumiColle being another notable). And, TsumuTsumu has gotten some good licenses lately, including Nintendo and Studio Ghibli. Third in the latter offering, after Totoro and Kiki's kitties is a set of Castle in the Sky robots. Get a look after the jump.
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Studio Ghibli co-founder/producer Toshio Suzuki attended a talk show for Shunji Iwai's first anime feature The Case of Hana & Alice in Tokyo today, giving an update on the current status of the studio. After Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from feature films, they still cannot decide what to make. Hit the jump for more details.
Last summer producer, former president and co-founder Toshio Suzuki worried the many Studio Ghibli faithful when he commented that the organization was restructuring. And, while Ghibli doesn't release a movie quite every year, absence of anything announced in the pipeline certainly hasn't been been comforting. Swedish journalist Jonatan Järbel visited Ghibli and offers up some thought on why happenings at the studio might not be so dire. More after the jump.
New York International Children's Film Festival has laid out their 2015 line-up, which includes a February 27th, opening night presentation of the North American premiere of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There at the Director's Guild of America Theatre. An encore will be presented March 7th at New York's SVA Theatre. More after the jump.