Exciting news for fans of renowned animation studio, Studio Ghibli, with the big reveal that we can expect not one but two movies from the studio in 2013. The announcement was made on December 13 which Ghibli seems to have a history of doing. Last time they made a two movie announcement was back in 1998 when they unveiled My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies.
Studio Ghibli co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata unveiled the news that two films will be releasing in the new year, those films being Kaze Tachinu and Kaguya-hime no Monogatari. Rumours have been rife on-line about the announcement since the registration of domains kazetachinu.jp and kaguyahime-monogatari.jp.
Previously, a Kaze Tachinu manga was created by Hayao which the upcoming feature film will be based on, as well as Tatsuo Hori’s novel of the same name. The story explores the life of Jirō Horikoshi’s who was the designer of World War II Zero fighter, a historic fighter plane. As a bonus, frequent collaborator with Studio Ghibli Joe Hisaishi, will be returning to provide the score to the movie.
Kaguya-hime no Monogatari will mark Isao Takahata’s return to feature films since 1999’s, ‘My Neighbors the Yamadas’. Shinichiro Ikebe, who worked on the score for the 1978 Miyazaki/Takahata TV anime Future Boy Conan, will be returning to work on the Kaguya-hime no Monogatari’s soundtrack.