My friend Kyle tweeted out that today marks 20 years since the release of the film The End of Evangelion (July 19, 1997). I actually got to see it in theaters in Tokyo that summer, as part of my first visit to Japan, and this made me think back at how much my life changed […]
As I mentioned when I wrote about watching My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke is a movie I just never latched on to — and I often wonder why so many people I know seem to name it as their favorite Miyazaki film. I actually had a chance to watch it in theatres when it was […]
My Neighbor Totoro has always been my favorite Ghibli film, and having just watched it again this morning (for the nth time), it remains my fave. I just love everything about it, from the atmosphere, the depiction of children, the magical surrealness, all weaved around a dead simple (and at times sad) story. Think I’ll […]
It’s finally happening, we’re getting a Ghibli theme park. Set to open in 2020 in Aichi prefecture, the idea is that it will be more of a Totoro park (which is fine by me, as that’s still my favorite Ghibli film). There’s more info in this Spoon & Tamago post.
You probably don’t need any extra incentive to visit the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, but I sure would like to drop by in the coming year to check out the yearlong food exhibition (from May 27). More details in this Spoon & Tamago post.
It’s not the first time he “retires,” and who knows if we’ll see the same thing happen again, but it was officially confirmed by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki that Hayao Miyazaki is working on a new feature film for the studio. To be honest, I’m much more interested in hearing about other future plans for […]
This is a beautiful series of illustrations by Bill Mudron inspired by traditional wood-cut prints, depicting characters and scenery from Ghibli films.
Continuing with my 80s anime run, last night I watched the Lupin the Third movie The Castle of Calgiostro. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, I’ve seen this movie countless times (and my wife even more), but it had been a while since the last time I watched it, and so it made for a fun revisit […]
You may not be familiar with the name Kazuo Oga, but if you’re a fan of Ghibli films, then you’ve certainly seen his work in the form of the luscious painted backgrounds. Here are a couple of videos that show him at work, as well as a more general documentary, both with English subtitles.
Over the years, Studio Ghibli (or its alumni) has produced quite a few animated TV commercials. My friend Christopher was digging these up, and shared a few, like this one for Nisshin (pictured), this one for JR West, this one for sake, for bread, and again for bread.