Hayao Miyazaki receives honorary Oscar

Miss you
Nov 10
Legendary writer and director, Hayao Miyazaki accepted an honorary Oscar this weekend, highlighting his prolific career. While the road hasn't been smooth over the past few years for the Studio Ghibli head honcho, there's no... read

Someone needs to buy me this snoring Totoro

Like right now
Nov 10
I know you have all been staying up at night, thinking about what to get me for Christmas. Luckily, all your problems have been solved! I present to you, the snoring Totoro! I mean, how adorable is this little guy? I need it now! read
Princess Kaguya

Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

Ghibli's final film?
Aug 19
Studio Ghibli may be pondering its potentially bleak future right about now, but that doesn't mean it won't be delivering dreams to the screen for people in the meantime. Case in point: Distributor GKids has just released a ... read
More of a reboot, really
It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announ... read feature

When Marnie was There

Feel the charm of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There

I can feel the waterworks coming on already
Jul 04
There's a lot of whispers going around about the upcoming animated film, When Marnie was There. The movie is the famed animation house Studio Ghibli's first film without any involvement from founders Isao Takahata and Hayao ... read
Princess Kaguya

Ghibli's 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' gets U.S. distributor

Ghibli hands off its latest feature to a bunch of Guerrilla Kids.
Mar 12
I was visiting Japan in November of last year, when the advertising for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya was in full swing. Every time I turned on the television, walked into a music store, or bought a movie ticket, ... read

Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Hayao Miyazaki's original story for the iconic film.
Mar 08
Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection... read
Wind Rises Critique

The original Otaking and his 99 cents on The Wind Rises

Crowd-translated critique now on Amazon
Mar 04
The Wind Rises opened in theaters last Friday in the States, did you see it? Yes? Great. Because now you can pick up a copy of Toshio Okada's review and critique of this Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece on Amazon, in English. Toshi... read
TV & Film

Kiki actress takes broom flight to promote upcoming film

Suspended 15 meters above the ground
Feb 22
They're really serious about promoting the upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live-action film. So serious, that the studio had its star actress Fuka Koshiba suspended 15 meters in air from a crane while dressed in costume... read
The Wind Rises

Here's two US TV spots for The Wind Rises

Watch them, I guess?
Feb 13
Here are the two latest TV spots from Touchstone Pictures, advertising The Wind Rises. They're definitely playing up the whole "Hayao Miyazaki's last film" angle, especially with awards just around the corner. While I'm not ... read
Art shows

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Designer combines pop culture and marketing.
Feb 04
Some of you may know that in addition to panhandling and being managing editor of Japanator, I also am a freelance graphic designer, often creating prints for gallery shows and clients. As such, I like to pay attention to the... read
Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli, Goro Miyazaki to create fall TV series

Polygon will produce the animation
Feb 01
It's not often that Studio Ghibli delves into the world of TV anime but according to a new report the famed studio will be doing just that with the help of Polygon Pictures who will producing the animation. In the report, it ... read
Hayao Miyazaki

Does Miyazaki dislike anime fans?

"It's ruining the industry."
Jan 31
There is so much going on for Hayao Miyzaki right now. It was recently his birthday, he's making his last film, and he's retiring. He's a mastermind, really. No one can argue with that after seeing his films and following alo... read
Nerdy kitchen

Nerds in the kitchen alert: Totoro toaster pastries

Guaranteed not to bite back
Jan 22
Totoro pastries: the Ghibli nerd's way of preparing food that makes everyone happy before they even take a bite. In fact, they might not want to take a bite at all because of how dang cute these things come out. But that'd b... read
Hayao Miyazaki

Get your Miyazaki figure soon

Pre-orders are starting in a few days
Jan 16
A new figure is being released in honor of Hayao Miyzaki, and it's not Ghibli themed. Martin Hsu has designed a 6 inch tall figure of the man himself. That's right, we finally get a Miyazaki figure! How cool is that? Bigshot ... read
Spirited Away

Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli

Spirited Away is recreated.. through Minecraft?
Jan 16
You may or may not have already seen these pictures floating around on Imgur the past couple of days. Yes, that's right. Someone has taken the time to recreate the memorable scenery of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. For someo... read

More Hisaishi, Ghibli soundtracks headed to iTunes

Ghibli promises more music on the way
Jan 11
According to a recent tweet, Studio Ghibli will be adding more soundtracks from their library to the Apple iTunes digital marketplace -- at least, more than there already were to begin with and that's not many. In fact, a sea... read
The Wind Rises

English dub cast of The Wind Rises announced

Featuring all your favorite actors and... WERNER HERZOG?!
Dec 17
With only two months until The Wind Rises blows into US theaters, the dubbing process is well under way. Leading the movie will be Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiro Horikoshi, along with Emily Blunt as his love interest, Nahoko Sa... read
When Marnie Was There

Ghibli's 2014 film is revealed by TOHO

Hiromasa Yonebayashi returns as director
Dec 14
Sure, we may still be waiting for both The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya to venture out of Japan, but let's forget that for a minute and get excited for another new film! Film distributor TOHO has recently re... read

Live-action Kiki's Delivery Service seems cringe-worthy

Normally I'd be excited, but...
Dec 11
By now, you may have already happened upon this trailer for the upcoming live-action Kiki's Delivery Service, and if you're like me, you must have found it painful to watch. Although I loved the original animated featur... read
Cancelled Ghibli Film

Art revealed from Ghibli's cancelled Pippi Longstocking

With a large helping of Miyazaki magic.
Dec 03
Did you know that Ghibli legends Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata were once creating an animated adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking? This was back in 1971, and while the duo had been co-directing episodes of L... read
Studio Ghibli

Japanese film critic suggests censorship for Ghibli

Latest flick might not work for wide audiences
Dec 02
When the word "censorship" gets dropped, most anime fans have an immediate negative, knee-jerk reaction. There's a good reason why, as most censorship in anime is cheap-looking and degrading to the original work. But, what if... read

Save up to 55% off select Studio Ghibli titles on Amazon

Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and more
Dec 01
It's still Black Friday weekend, and with Cyber Monday right around the corner, there's plenty of savings to go around. While most consumers have kept their eyes glued to Amazon's amazing lightning deals, I've been digging ar... read

The Tale of Princess Kaguya tops Japanese box office

Isao Takahata is back!
Nov 25
This past weekend, the latest film from Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata arrived in Japanese theaters. The Tale of Princess Kaguya was the director's long awaited return, as he had not had a film release in nearly 15 years. It... read
Let Miyazaki indulge in his greatest filmmaking moment
Hayao Miyazaki's latest movie, The Wind Rises, is a story about a historic person: the project lead on the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane. It's decidedly unlike the imaginative, family-friendly adventures that Studio Ghibl... read feature

LINE stickers

Ghibli, Hatsune Miku, and more among new LINE stickers

Can you resist?
Nov 23
Oh hey, it's Kristina with another update on the amazing stickers LINE has updated their store with recently! You can see images of all the stickers I'm talking about in this post down in the gallery. First is a new set by Gh... read

Ghibli passing out free Blu-rays in Japanese theaters

Want a free clip of The Tale of Princess Kaguya? Go to Japan!
Nov 19
Isao Takahata's first film in roughly 14 years is finally upon us! Well, it's upon Japan! This weekend The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime Monogatari) will open in Japanese theaters, but Ghibli appears to be doing heavy ... read

First official US trailer for The Wind Rises arrives

Miyazaki's final film?
Nov 18
Here's a quick look at The Wind Rises from Disney (and Touchstone Pictures)! This is the first official trailer for the film in the US, but it doesn't feature any dialogue at all. I imagine the dub is not anywhere near finis... read

This year's Kawasaki Halloween Parade is a glorious treat

Kawasaki City's inhabitants know how to get into the holiday spirit
Oct 29
Halloween may be on the 31st of October, but that's not stopping the people of Kawasaki City from having their yearly parade before Hallow's Eve engulfs our lives. Overall, the attendees at the event continue to put on a grea... read
VIZ Media: Totoro books

Celebrate Totoro's 25th anniversary with books and art

VIZ Media announces Totoro: The Novel and a spruced-up picture book
Sep 26
VIZ Media's Studio Ghibli Library imprint is celebrating 25 years of the beloved My Neighbor Totoro by releasing a new novel as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be available... read
Hayao Mizayaki retires

Hayao Miyazaki retires from the world of feature film

And then Miyazaki dropped the mic
Sep 02
72 year old Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from making feature-length films at Italy's Venice Film Festival during a press conference.  To give you all an idea of how big this news was here in Japan, the announc... read
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #28 - Ghibli

Aug 28
I always make time to browse around Ghibli stores throughout Japan whenever I run in to them, even if I don't plan on spending any money. They're just magical, and always make me smile. [full image in the gallery!] read

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