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Review: Ponyo 10th Anniversary

I can’t believe that it’s been almost 10 years since Ponyo came out In japan– though I avoided the dub back in 2009 because it was by Disney, not to mention, I was in my “weaboo” phase, where dubs, particular E...

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Hayao Miyazaki receives honorary Oscar

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 denying the ma...

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Someone needs to buy me this snoring Totoro

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!

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Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

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 trailer for The...

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Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of

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 announcement comes by...

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

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 Miyazaki. Needl...


Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

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 of rough illus...

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The original Otaking and his 99 cents on The Wind Rises

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. Toshio Okada, better...

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Kiki actress takes broom flight to promote upcoming film

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 to wow crowds ...

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Here's two US TV spots for The Wind Rises

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 sure if it'll w...

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Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

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 wide world of ...

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Studio Ghibli, Goro Miyazaki to create fall TV series

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 was revealed th...

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Does Miyazaki dislike anime fans?

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 along with him eve...

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Nerds in the kitchen alert: Totoro toaster pastries

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 be a terrible wa...

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Get your Miyazaki figure soon

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 Toyworks announ...

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Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli

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 someone who doesn't ...

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More Hisaishi, Ghibli soundtracks headed to iTunes

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 search for Studio ...

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English dub cast of The Wind Rises announced

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 Satomi. Here's th...

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Ghibli's 2014 film is revealed by TOHO

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 revealed its line...

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

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 feature, and would li...

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Art revealed from Ghibli's cancelled Pippi Longstocking

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 Lupin III and ha...

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Japanese film critic suggests censorship for Ghibli

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 it was the onl...

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

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 around looking fo...

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya tops Japanese box office

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 opened to much...

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Review: The Wind Rises

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 Ghibli is best known...

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Ghibli, Hatsune Miku, and more among new LINE stickers

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 Ghibli featuring ...

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Ghibli passing out free Blu-rays in Japanese theaters

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 marketing for i...

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First official US trailer for The Wind Rises arrives

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 finished and Disney ...

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This year's Kawasaki Halloween Parade is a glorious treat

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 great show. Among t...

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Celebrate Totoro's 25th anniversary with books and art

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 on October 1st...

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Hayao Miyazaki retires from the world of feature film

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 announcement was made ...

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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #28 - Ghibli

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!]

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Licensing GET: Disney grabs The Wind Rises

Are you sad that you won't be able to see The Wind Rises in New York City next month? Well, the inevitable has happened, because Disney has revealed that they will release the movie in North America! While the release date remains unannounc...

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Much to my dismay, Nausicaš sequel is not impossible!

Let's label this one as news I totally did not expect! On a recent television interview promoting The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyzaki revealed he would not be apposed Hideaki Anno taking the reigns of a sequel to the 1984 anime c...

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Congrats, New Yorkers: The Wind Rises to be shown at NYFF

The New York Film Festival is getting a nice addition, and a part of myself is upset that I'm going to have to miss out on the action. But anyways, it turns out that The Wind Rises will soar into the festival's lineup for this year, which m...

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Nausiccš inspired glider takes flight

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki's classic, Nausiccä of the Valley of the Wind should take notice of this sweet video. Engineer Kazuhiko Hachiya has been working on the design for his OpenSky project for over 10 years at this point, inspired by...

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Studio Ghibli holds a curse over the Nikkei

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a curious trend: whenever Nippon TV Network airs a Ghibli movie in the Friday primetime slot, bad things happen in the market. Three quarters of the time that a Ghibli movie airs, the Japane...

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Ghibli and J-Pop collide to make something awesome

If you happen in Japan on August 14th, and have a moment to watch TV, you probably don't want to miss this. NHK will be hosting a pretty amazing musical event called, The Melody that Connects Everyone. The show will be feature some of J-Pop...


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