On April 16, 1988, Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata introduced their classics My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies to Japanese audiences in a double bill theatrical run. Now UK movie-goers will the opportunity to view the two together thanks to Studio Canal. And, so American fans don't feel left out on the good news, Amazon is running a big discount on the Ghibli library. More after the jump.
At this point, is there any beloved children's story that doesn't have an associated urban legend about the subjects being dead, dying or brain damaged? In Japan, there are persistent rumors that Doraemon is the product of Nobita's damaged mind. In the case of Totoro, Satsuki and Mei are supposedly dead. Five years ago, for Totoro's 20th anniversary, otaku idol Shoko "Shokotan" Nakagawa and Toshio "Otaking" Okada discussed the possibility. Get a look after the jump.
25 years ago today, Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata released a pair of anime's most beloved and powerful movies with a double bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. So, let's all wish the Ghibli classics a happy anniversary after the jump.
Some things never go out of style. One of those things? My Neighbor Totoro. Now you can get your Totoro fix - and the cat bus - in origami form. Check out the details after the jump.
Disney has confirmed retailer listings that Studio Ghibli's classic My Neighbor Totoro, along with master anime director Hayao Miyazaki's more recent Howl's Moving Castle have been slated for a May 21st release. The two DVD/Blu-ray combo packs will sell for $40 each. Get the details after the jump.
Ever feel like your nails could use a little anime-ing up? With all the cool nail art popping up these days, why not anime? That’s the principle behind a lot of Chieko Nakayama’s nail artistry. Look at the pictures after the jump.
Hay formas varias de provocar el terror en el vecindario, pero desde luego, esta que nos ofrece la firma china Milanoo es bastante peculiar. Se trata de un traje de spandex de Totoro, del cual por cierto, no hay certificación alguna de que sea un producto oficial. Algo que no sorprenderá a nadie viendo el resultado.
For today only, t-shirt site ShirtPunch is offering a "Hello Neighbor" mash-up of Hello Kitty and My Neighbor Totoro. The design from FISHBISCUIT is available on navy blue shirts for men and women through the rest of the day. Get a look after the jump.
Summer may conjure up scenes of beaches and BBQs, but if you're in Japan you need to watch your back. That’s because summer is the season when yokai and yurei (monsters and ghosts) are most active. We caught up with Matt Alt, co-author of the recently released Yurei Attack! ghost guide for more info that you can peep after this jump!
Twipple Trend has reported the monthly Twitter ranking charts for the month of July on August 7. The most discussed word on Japanese Twitter was "Totoro" from the Studio Ghibli's 1988 anime film My Neighbor Totoro. The film was rebroadcasted in Japan on July 13 for the 13th times with the amazing 18.3% rating. Hit the jump for more details.
Hayao Miyazaki's Totoro forest spirit has a simple yet easily recognizable shape, lending itself to all sorts of craft projects that fall across a wide spectrum of impressiveness. Falling on the high range of that scale, the Totoro treats made by Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory in Tokyo are absolutely darling. Get a look after the jump.
Mondo, the makers of highly sought after, highly limited posters, launched a partnership with Studio Ghibli to present a series of prints. The Totoro poster went on sale in December, with a Princess Mononoke based work debuting this week as a San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive. Get a look at this, plus more widely available Ghibli tributes after the jump.
If the Mondo poster put you in the mood for some Miyazaki inspired art, here's a nice treat. Akreon has posted a time-lapse painting of My Neighbor Totoro's forest spirits over the course of eight hours. Check it out after the jump.
Mondo, the makers of highly sought after, highly limited posters, announced its partnership with Studio Ghibli, presenting a series coinciding with GKids/New York International Children's Film Festival's Ghibli retrospective. The first entry is an Olly Moss poster for Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro. Check it out after the jump.