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An Interview with MichaŽl Dudok de Wit Director of The Red Turtle

Date: Monday May 22nd 2017 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

In a change of production the much loved Studio Ghibli decided to look overseas for a director to create their latest film - The Red Turtle. They teamed up with Oscar winning director MichaŽl Dudok de Wit who wrote and directed the animated feature. We caught up with him for an exclusive interview to talk about the film, which hits UK cinema screens from Friday 26th May 2017.

This interview is spoiler free.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Red Turtle Review

Date: Monday May 22nd 2017 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

In an interesting move from Studio Ghibli, rather than look just in Japan for the talent to direct a new animated movie the fabled studio looked around the world to find someone suitable. They found MichaŽl Dudok de Wit. The movie they made together was The Red Turtle.

We caught up with the director for an exclusive interview.

The film is set for release at UK cinemas from Friday 26th May 2017.

We know you're wondering Is the movie any good? Well read our review and find out!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ronia the Robber's Daughter Release Details

Date: Thursday January 26th 2017 [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Ghibli fans looking to enjoy something for the family at home, will want to tune into Ronia the Robberís Daughter. It's a 26 part CGI cel-shaded anime is directed by Goro Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki's son) it's adapted from the story by Astrid Lindgren, who also wrote Pippi Longstocking, a title Hayao Miyazaki was considering adapting in the past. The show will be dubbed into English and features the narration by Gillian Anderson.

The Guardian has a nice write up of the series.

It's available to watch on Amazon Prime Video from Friday 27th January 2017. If you haven't got it already, you can always try a free trial via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Amazon.com

An Interview with Animation Director Takeshi Honda

Date: Thursday December 29th 2016 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

UK anime company Anime Limited are great for getting guests over to the UK, this year alone they had Makoto Shinkai the director of hit anime Your Name, Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani, plus anime director Michael Arias.

Most of these guests appeared at either the May or October 2016 MCM London Comic Con. Our last interview of the year is no means the least. Here's our interview with animation director Takeshi Honda. He's probably best known for his work on the rebuild of Evangelion movies. He's an industry veteran having worked on the original Evangelion TV series and the original movies as well. He's also recently directed his own short anime.

We caught up with Mr Honda at the MCM London Comic Con in October 2016 for an exclusive interview.

What makes him interesting to interview was that he's worked with so many top notch directors, Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda and many more. From an interviewer's stand point we could easily talk to him for a few hours about any of these individual directors to gain insight. We know academics who would have a million questions for Mr Honda and picking a limited set of questions was a great challenge. For this interview we carefully selected a range of questions to cover his career and we hope that you find these insights interesting.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview Hirokatsu Kihara - Horror Writer and Studio Ghibli Production Manager

Date: Wednesday July 27th 2016 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

One of the fun parts about running Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. In July 2016 we went to Japanese Cultural Festival Hyper Japan and met Hirokatsu Kihara. The former Studio Ghibli Production Manager is now a horror story writer and yokai expert. Hirokatsu Kihara sounded just like the kind of person you'd be interested in hearing from. So we caught up with him for an interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Giant Ghibli Clock - Nittele Big Clock

Date: Thursday January 1st 2015 [15:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

For a Ghibli fan heading to Japan, Mitaka is a the natural place to go for a pilgrimage to the Ghibli Museum. However the modern Tokyo district of Shiodome should not be overlooked for something something interesting and entertaining: the Nittele Big Clock (Nippon TV Really Big Clock).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Australian release details

Date: Thursday October 2nd 2014 [17:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We don't normally post Australian anime news (but we do want to change that and post more). Australian Fan of Studio Ghibli are in for a treat the December. Anime company Madman Entertainment will be releasing The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. It's a behind the scenes documentary at Studio Ghibli, you can see the masters of animation at work and get some inside details of Miyazaki making his last feature film The Wind Rises. It's due out in Australia on Wednesday 10th December 2014 and is set to retail for $29.95 (AUD).

If you've enjoyed any kind of DVD extra on behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli, you'll want to see this insightful film focusing on the creative process behind the scenes.

The film will also be showing as part of Madman's The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase theatrical event

Source: Madman Entertainment

Studio Ghibli to close down (or is it?)

Date: Sunday August 3rd 2014 [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The internet has lit up with the news that Studio Ghibli is to close down. Being the internet it's also full of misinformation. According to sources, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said on the MBS Channel that they're restructuring Studio Ghibli. They are considering closing animation department. Many speculators in the industry are not surprised by this.

Kotaku have a good analysis of the story and it's details. As they correctly point out, an event like Studio Ghibli closing down would be all over Japanese News sources. Currently it is not.

Update: We've changed the source of this article to Kotaku, as they have a great analysis of what's going on.

Read More... | Source: Kotaku

The Wind Rises Review

Date: Wednesday March 5th 2014 [3:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

While Hayao Miyazaki's latest offering The Wind Rises awaits it's special UK preview on Wednesday 23rd April 2014, it is currently being shown in the US and Australia. We were lucky enough to catch a screening in English recently.

Here's our review of the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Wolf Girl - The Princess Mononoke fan film

Date: Saturday September 14th 2013 [11:05] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Fandom

Any filmmaker will tell you that producing a movie is- hard work. The time, effort and sometimes budget issues can get in the way of making a vision a reality. That challenge is only intensified when it's a fan-based film, reaping no financial rewards at the end and with only the love of the story to keep them going. But that's exactly what filmmakers, Nate Drake and Georgie Donovan are doing, currently in the works is Wolf Girl, a movie about a modern teenage girl struggling to save the forest she calls home from humans, who are cutting down the trees for their own needs. She then joins forces with wolves in a bid to defend her home.

Read More... | Source: Wolf Girl Movie

Studio Ghibli's Toshio Suzuki to accept honorary degree from US college

Date: Tuesday May 22nd 2012 [18:41] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Events

Toshio Suzuki, on Studio Ghibli's behalf, will accept an honorary degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2012 with a Q & A session, along with Ghibli film screenings.

Read More... | Source: Nausicaa.net Mailing List

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Grave of the Fireflies

Date: Thursday December 1st 2011 [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received news from US Anime Distributor Sentai Filmworks that they've licensed Grave of the Fireflies. The Ghibli classic is emotional story of the cold realities of war, and often forgotten victims, the children.

Sentai Filmworks will begin digital distribution of the title this winter and a digital restored DVD will be released next year.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

Arrietty London Screenings - Review

Date: Sunday July 10th 2011 [13:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

On Wednesday 6th July 2011 we went to the London Barbican sell out screenings of the latest Ghibli movie to make it over to the UK.

Arrietty is due for a wider cinema release in the UK on 29th July 2011.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ni no Kuni to get western release.

Date: Monday July 12th 2010 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Fans of video games and Studio Ghibli will be pleased to hear that Ni no Kuni the RPG made by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli will be getting a western release. The lovely people at Kotaku have more details. They cite Joystiq.

Source: Kotaku

Miyazaki is a Genre Unto Himself

Date: Sunday September 6th 2009 [21:39] | Posted By: Queen Of Swords
Category: > Anime

Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki's films combine aspects of familiar genres to make them classics of animation. i09 takes Miyazaki's most famous works and examines the genres used to make each film unforgettable.

Read More... | Source: i09

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea DVD review

Date: Wednesday August 12th 2009 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've finally put up our DVD review of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

Ponyo hits Cinemas in the US on Friday August 14th 2009

Ponyo hits Cinemas in Australia on Thursday 27th August 2009.

Ponyo is due for UK release on late 2009 / early 2010.

This review is of the Japanese Region 2 DVD. You can purchase it from Amazon.co.jp, CDJapan and all good Japanese DVD importers.

Source: Otaku News

Miyazaki at the Venice Film Festival

Date: Monday September 1st 2008 [8:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

BBC News have published an interesting interview with Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki, focusing on the release of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and it's screening at the Venice Film Festival. Oddly they ask about rivialy between Pixar, even though it's well known in fandom that Pixar and Studio Ghibli have strong ties, with John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki sharing a great friendship that was even documented on the DVD Thank You, Mr Lasseter.

The article mentions Miyazaki's advancing years, and how he will be over 70 years old when he does his next film.

UK fans will be pleased to hear that the article also mentions Ponyo will get a UK release in April 2009, although it's not clear if this will be a cinematic release or DVD release. Based on our previous experience with Ghibli releases in the UK we're guessing it will have a limited theatrical run first, before a DVD release.

Source: BBC News

Totoro Forest Project

Date: Tuesday August 12th 2008 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Studio Ghibli and those concerned with conservation will be interested to hear about the project to save Sayama Forest, which is also known as Totoro Forest. The project aims to auction off original artwork and sell a book with the collected art, in order to raise money to protect Sayama Forest.

"A fund-raising exhibition / auction to benefit the Totoro No Furusato National Fund, the Japanese non-profit foundation established by Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, which is leading efforts to preserve and protect the Sayama Forest. The auction will feature original art created by internationally-acclaimed artists in the fields of animation, comic books, and illustration."

Fans will have to travel to Pixar Animation Studio in Emeryville, California.

Source: Totoro Forest Project

Otaku News Special: Tales from Earthsea Review

Date: Tuesday July 24th 2007 [17:53] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Optimum are releasing the latest Ghibli Feature Tales from Earthsea in the UK on a limited number on cinema screens on August the 3rd this will be followed by a DVD release. We take a look at the dubbed version of Goro Miyazaki's debut film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Miyazaki's New Movie

Date: Thursday March 22nd 2007 [22:06] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Hayao Miyazaki currently working on his latest movie!

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Still no Earthsea (Gedo Senki) until 2009

Date: Wednesday October 18th 2006 [3:54] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

In an article in the New York Times it's confirmed that the company that made the Earthsea mini-series is still sitting on the rights, meaning no Earthsea until 2009.

Le Guin has already spoken out about both projects on her website and this article just confirms what she's been saying.

Source: Anime News Network

Earthsea Scores Big in Japan

Date: Saturday August 5th 2006 [11:40] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Tales From Earthsea tops Pirates of the Caribbean at Japanese box office.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

No Oscar For Howl's Moving Castle

Date: Monday March 6th 2006 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, beating Corpse Bride and Howl's Moving Castle. Reading around forums some anime fans are upset by this, but many more are realistic, Howl although beautifully animated is not as good storywise as Spirited Away, or many other previous Miyazaki works, many fans on the Miyazaki Mailing List have stated that they don't regard it to be the same league as other epics, like Nausicaa, Laputa: Castle In the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service or Porco Rosso. At least Studio Ghibli were beaten by a strong competitor, as this is Nick Park's forth Oscar.

Source: BBC News

Studio Ghibli Opens Clothing Store

Date: Thursday February 16th 2006 [10:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Following on from our earlier story Anime News Network has reported that Studio Ghibli, the popular animation studio which have released a number of films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, has opened its flagship store of Shitateya Studio Ghibli.

The store opened on February 11, at Omotesando Hills, the new shopping complex designed by architect Ando Tadao, in Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The shop is located on the 2nd floor of the main building.

Shitateya Studio Ghibli is the studio's men's clothing business that is began in 2004. It was started in collaboration with fashion designer Masaki Matsushima and clothing companies Primegate Enterprise Ltd and Hayashida Co., Ltd. A few Shitateya Studio Ghibli shops have been opened so far, and no word has been given so far as to plans for future shops.

Source: Anime News Network

Three Ghibli Shorts: An Interview with Hayao Miyazaki

Date: Sunday January 15th 2006 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The Daily Yomuiri have a very interesting interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese cultural icon and the Oscar winning director of Spirited Away. He talks about three shorts which can only be seen at the Ghibli Museum. It also focuses on the films Miyazaki would like to animate, along with children's relationships with visual imagery. It also briefly touches on the tension between Miyazaki and his son Goro, although it's not exactly clear what the issues are between, although this doesn't stop fans speculating. The article concludes on a high note, stating that Studio Ghibli is the world's best studio in terms of potential, something that many fans had known, since they first saw Nausicaa, many moons ago.

Source: The Daily Yomuiri

The Ultimate Hayao Miyazaki DVD and Book Sweepstakes

Date: Thursday January 5th 2006 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice folks over at Turner Classic Movies have sent us the following details about their Miyazaki movie season and their Sweepstake. Details as follows -

For the month of January, Turner Classic Movies will be airing Hayao Miyazaki anime films every Thursday beginning at 8pm EST. In conjunction with these airings, TCM is offering fans an opportunity to enter The Ultimate Hayao Miyazaki DVD & Book Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will receive a gift collection featuring works by legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki. 50 first prize winners will receive a book and a DVD from the Miyazaki collection. To enter the sweepstakes please have you Miyazaki fans click the following web address: www.turnerclassicmovies.com/sweepstake/index.jsp

Source: Turner Classic Movies

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: Thursday December 15th 2005 [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next movie, which is due to hit Japan in July 2006. Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) is based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea Collection. Controversially Hayao Miyazaki son, Goro Miyazaki will be directing the film.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli

Howl's Moving Castle Set For March 2006 DVD Release

Date: Monday December 5th 2005 [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK on-line retailer's Play.com and Amazon.co.uk have started to take pre-orders for Howl's Moving Castle, they both listing the release date as 13th March 2006. Otaku News had heard rumours about Optimum wanting to release Howl earlier, however in order to qualify for an Academy Award, they had to delay the release. What's interesting to note that the boxshots from Amazon and Play are different, which leads us to believe that both sites have produced mock-ups as they are missing vital details on the packaging such as the BBFC rating logo.

A quick check on Amazon.com reveals that they're taking pre-orders for two different versions of Howl's Moving Castle, which are priced the same, we suspect that Amazon will remove one edition nearer the launch date.

If Optimum and Buena Vista can release Howl's Moving Castle in March, they should be highly commended, since the Japanese DVD has just been released this November and Ghibli titles have been traditonally very slow to get US and UK DVD releases.

Source: Play.com

Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy On Long List for Oscars

Date: Thursday November 17th 2005 [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have just published a press release revealing the long list of ten films to compete for the Animated Feature Oscar. Three of the top films on the list will then go on to be nominated for the Oscar. Anime fans should be cheering for Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy.

It's clear to see that the competition is very tough this year, with Madagascar, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; also in the running.

Read More... | Source: Oscars.org

Miyazaki on TCM in January

Date: Wednesday October 26th 2005 [23:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Turner Classic Movies will be airing anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Earthsea the Next Miyazaki Film?

Date: Saturday September 24th 2005 [12:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Ursula K. Le Guinís classic A Wizard of Earthsea might possibly be the next film project Hayao Miyazaki is working on. Earthsea was adapted by the Sci Fi channel last year for a live action mini-series, that Le Guin publicly stated her dislike of because of the liberties it took with the story and concepts.

Ghibli has yet to make an official announcement, and it is perfectly possible this is all wild speculation since Miyazaki has admitted in the past heís a fan of the book.

Source: Anime News Service

Howl's Moving Castle Review

Date: Monday September 19th 2005 [6:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Howlís Moving Castle is due to be released in the UK on the 23rd of September, and to celebrate we have an early review. Please note that since the film is being compared to the book in places there are small spoilers throughout for both versions, though weíve tried to keep them to a minimum.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Spirited Away Makes BFI Must See List

Date: Wednesday July 20th 2005 [7:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

According to BBC News, the British Film Institute have complied a list of films that every child should have watched by the age of 14.

The list was put together with help from the public and is intended to spark debate about what children should watch.

Unsurprisingly, The Wizard of Oz, ET and Toy Story are listed, but it also seems that BFI (or perhaps the public in general) know what they're talking about by suggesting Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's tale of a girl drawn into a world of magic after her parents pig out on forbidden food.

The BFI selected 50 films and eventually whittled them down to 10.

Source: BBC News

Hayao Miyazaki &Toshio Suzuki at US Howl's premiere

Date: Tuesday May 31st 2005 [4:37] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki will be among other guest attending the US premiere of Howlís moving castle. The premiere takes place on June 6th in New York. Many of the cast members for the dub also look to be present.

Source: Yahoo

New interview with Cindy and Don Hewitt at Naussicaa.net

Date: Tuesday May 31st 2005 [4:30] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Naussicaa.net have posted a new interview with Cindy and Don Hewitt discussing their part in the studio Ghibli dubs. Itís an interesting read and explains decissions the couple have made such as adding extra lines to the end of Spirited Away. It also contains news of previously unreleased films such as Pompoko. The article is insightful and infuriating in equal measure.

Source: Nausicaa.net

Howl's Moving Castle US Release

Date: Sunday April 24th 2005 [4:39] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime > Film

Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated film Howl's Moving Castle, is set to debut in the US on June 10th in L.A, New York and San Francisco and is set to expand to 60 cities by June 17th. Howl's Moving Castle was released nearly a year ago in Japan, bringing in $100 million at the box office.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Everyone Wants The Totoro House

Date: Tuesday April 12th 2005 [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

According to the Daily Yomiuri On-Line the Totoro House at the Aichi World Expo 2005 has many local Japanese governments staking their claim to the property.

Many local authorities are keen to get Satsuki's and Mei's 1950's style house from the anime classic Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) moved to their prefecture, not only will it prove a big hit with locals, but it will surely make a major tourist attraction too. The house is already one of the most popular features at the Expo and has been covered on Otaku News before. The Youmiuri article has more details such as "The wooden house was built using joints, not nails, and the glass used in the windows is not new, as the panes were all salvaged from old buildings."

The Otaku News Crew are currently considering collecting signatures so they'll let us live in it! ^_^

Source: Daily Yomiuri On-Line

Visit Satsuki's and Mei's House

Date: Monday March 21st 2005 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent details from renowned anime author Helen McCarthy and journalist Ake Sasaki about the World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan, it looks like a dreamland for otaku!

For anime fans the highlight has to be Satsuki's and Mei's House, a replica of the house featured in Studio Ghibli's landmark My Neighbour Totoro. Just like the Ghibli Museum, entry to the house is limited to a set number of special ticket holders each day. Expo attendees must enter a lottery in advance to win the privilege of entering the house. As a result some lucky winners have taken to auctioning their tickets on-line, currently the free tickets are going for around $100 USD.

Read More... | Source: World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan

Nausicaa To Get Small Scale US Theatrical Release This Summer

Date: Thursday March 10th 2005 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Nausicaa.net have discovered from "sources close to Disney" that Nausicaa will receive a small scale US theatrical release this summer. Ghibli films always look great on the big screen and we highly recommend that our US readers catch this move when it does get released!

Source: Nausicaa.net

Real Action Kiki?!

Date: Friday February 4th 2005 [12:24] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Variety is reporting that Disney is aiming to make a live action version of ĎKikiís delivery serviceí to be directed by Jeff Stockwell. Itís unclear if the film will be a remake of the classic Miyazaki animation, or will be more closely related to the books by Eiko Kadano that they were based on.

Itís a move which makes financial sense for Disney, both Harry Potter and anime are popular at the moment. They obviously hope to cash in on both trends. What remains to be seen is if Disney can live up to the name.

Source: Aint it Cool News

Margaret Talbot On Hayao Miyazaki

Date: Sunday January 16th 2005 [9:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The New Yorker have just put up an interesting Q and A article where Margaret Talbot speaks about meeting Hayao Miyazaki, the famed founder and main director at Studio Ghibli responsible for some of the most popular and loved anime including Totoro and Spirited Away. The article highlights Miyazaki's reputation as a workaholic -

"Yasuo Ohtsuka, an animator who has worked with him on several projects, said that he always figured that Miyazaki thought he would die if he stopped working."

It also goes on to talk about the Ghibli Museum and other details about Miyazaki.

Source: The New Yorker

Miyazaki Web Celebrates 10 Years On-line!

Date: Sunday January 2nd 2005 [19:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The end of 2004 marked the end of another year, and it also marked another landmark for anime fandom, the most accurate and complete dedicated unofficial resource for Studio Ghibli fans - The Miyazaki Web celebrates it's 10th Birthday on December 31st 2004.

The site is really better known as a part of Nausicaa.net and has often been mistaken as the Official Studio Ghibli Website, because of it's professional finish and level of detail. Many have used it for research on Studio Ghibli and it's founder Oscar winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The Miyazaki web is more than a website it also has it's own mailing list, the Miyazaki Mailing List, which has grown steadily each year for the last 13 years, the majority of it's subscribers are American, but for a first time the UK is now the second most subscribed country, beating Japan to third place.

Here's wishing the Miyazaki Web a Happy Birthday, and good luck with the next 10 years!

Read More... | Source: Miyazaki Web

End of an Era? Anime Industry In Crisis!

Date: Sunday January 2nd 2005 [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Otaku News Crew are still in holiday mode, which explains our rather relaxed coverage recently (I am aware that a few of the crew have had far too much eggnog and mulled wine over this holiday season). This doesn't mean that the news stops however.

As if it was timed to coincide with Sky Cinema's UK Screenings of Spirited Away the alert folks over at AnimeUKNews.net have discovered that The Telegraph Arts Section has a very interesting article on the future of anime, Hayao Miyazaki's future retirement (Princess Mononoke was supposed to be his last film, as was Spirited Away) and how little an animator in the Japanese animation industry earns.

It explains that animators start as passionate otaku wanting to be part of the industry of their childhood dreams and by the time they are thirty or so realise that most supermarket clerks earn more than them so as a result decide to leave for a better paid job. It then goes on to mention the danger of foreign influences leading to anime it loosing it's appeal and it's soul.

The article has quotes from anime expert, translator and writer Jonathan Clements.

An another interesting part of the article is the bullet point at the end stating that Howl's Moving Castle will be released in the UK in the autumn. The Otaku News Crew look forward to this and will bring you more news on the subject when avaible. ^_-

Source: Telegraph Arts Section

Toshio Suzuki Interview

Date: Tuesday November 23rd 2004 [14:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The Daily Yomiuri On-line have posted an excellent interview in English with Toshio Suzuki, previously the editor of Animage and has been working with Studio Ghibli since 1984 and produced every Studio Ghibli film after 1989. He has also produced Production I.G's Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence. Mr Suzuki (an incredibly nice guy) gives insight in to what it's like working at Studio Ghibli and some of Hayao Miyazaki's creative ideas.

Source: Daily Yomiuri On-Line

Miyazaki Influences in Different Mediums

Date: Friday November 19th 2004 [17:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Nausicaa.net are reporting on the current Miyazaki Influences in Different Mediums. They have nice screen shots and images, including details of a Miyazaki Look-alike and a Totoro doll in French Animation series Code Lyoko, Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls' cameo from Totoro and even Miyazaki influences in the preliminary sketches of the long awaited PC game Half Life 2.

Source: Nausicaa.net

Ghibli Launches Clothing Brand

Date: Saturday November 13th 2004 [7:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Ryoko Toyama on the Nausicaa.net's Miyazaki Mailing List has posted a message regarding Studio Ghibli's next enterprise, a clothing brand called Tailor Studio Ghibli:

Ghibli announced a new brand, "Shitateya Studio Ghibli (Tailor Studio Ghibli)," for its new clothining line for middle-aged men. The line includes a trench coat which was inspired by Porco Rosso. Ghibli clothes will be sold at Isetan department store in Shinhyuku.

The brand's logo was designed Studio Ghibli Director Hayao Miyazaki and features a crawfish.

Asahi.com have a picture of the coat along with Studio Ghibli Producer (and all round nice guy) Toshio Suzuki.

Source: Miyazaki Mailing List

More Anime and Manga Write ups in Mainstrem Press

Date: Saturday October 23rd 2004 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Some publications have discovered anime and it seems that they want to write lots of details about it. The on-line edition of Australian Newspaper The Age (registration required) have just published a great article covering recent events in Japanese anime, it has quotes from various figureheads in the industry and mentions Mamoru Oshii, Production I.G, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki too. This one of those articles that is good to show to your friends who think that anime and manga is not taken seriously by the mainstream press.

Source: The Age

Miyazaki & Moebius Exhibition In Paris

Date: Monday October 4th 2004 [13:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

From December 1st, 2004 until March 13th, 2005 there will be a joint exhibition from Miyazaki and French artist Moebius at the Monnaie de Paris. The joint exhibit will feature more than 300 works from the two artists. Tickets may be purchased from the site for 9 Euros (with some youth concessions).

Source: Anime News Network

Ottawa International Animation Festival to screen Miyazaki Retrospective

Date: Tuesday August 24th 2004 [9:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Starting from Thursday September 23, the Ottawa International Animation Festival will screen a selection of Miyazaki films to form a Retrospective.

They'll be showing:

- Princess Mononoke
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Spirited Away
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Porco Rosso

If you can get to Ottawa go - nothing beats watching a Ghibli movie on the big screen!

Source: Ottawa International Animation Festival

Howl's Moving Castle Finished!

Date: Wednesday August 4th 2004 [17:15] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The latest Ghibli film "Howl's Moving Castle" has finally been finished. According to Nausicca.net the release date for Japan is November 20th.

Read More... | Source: Naussica.net

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