Tag Archives: Hayao Miyazaki

Amazing Studio Ghibli piano medley

If you have a spare 30 minutes out of your day and are a fan of Studio Ghibli and beautiful music, then you simply have to watch the clip below. It comes from Niconico Douga and YouTube user, ZIMUIN G, who inspired by the news of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki retiring sat down at his piano and penned an amazing medley. This work is an original medley which was composed by ZIMUIN G from existing Studio Ghibli music works from every Ghibli movie which is an amazing feat considering it’s over 29 years.

Hayao Miyazaki talks retirement

The anime world is in shock with the news that one of the biggest visionary directors and story tellers has mentioned retirement. Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli, the animation studio that has produced some sublime feature films has announced he will be retiring.

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The shock announcement came via Koji Hoshino, President of Studio Ghibli, at the Italy Venice Film Festival. Miyazaki san will be calling it quits on feature films with The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) being his last piece of work. No further specifics were given as to they this is coming about now. However, Hayao’s career has seen some amazing films created from My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle just to name a few and at 72 years of age, his career stretches over 50 years.

While feature films are now a thing of the past for him, perhaps we’ll see his creative energy put towards other exciting endeavours.

Hayao Miyazaki anime will host Evangelion creator

In a coming together of two entertainment giants from Japan, its been revealed that the latest anime from Hayao Miyazaki anime will see the Evangelion creator, Hideaki Anno, doing a voice cameo.

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The anime in question is Kaze Tachinu or The Wind Is Rising, Hideki will be providing the voice of Jirō Horikoshi, the Zero fighter designer who is the focal subject. He has also provided vice overs in a limited capacity for FLCL as well as live appearances in Funky Forest and Japan Sinks. Studio Ghibli is no stranger to Hideki previously working on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

In recent times, he has also worked on the Tokusatsu exhibit for the God Warrior Attacks Tokyo short.

The Wind Is Rising picks up momentum

The first feature film to be helmed by Hayao Miyazaki has just begun its promotional campaign in Japan with over 3 months to go before it premieres. The Wind is Rising marks the first film that Miyazaki has directed since Ponyo back in 2008. The film opens on July 20th and recently four film posters to promote movie began to show up in theaters. All four share the same tagline for the movie, “we must live on.”

On Japanese TV screen, a few screenshots were recently aired during a morning program.

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In the past, Hayao had crafted a Kaze Tachinu manga which the new movie will draw from as well as the Tatsuo Hori similarly themed novel which explored the life of World War II Zero fighter designer Jirō Horikoshi.

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Two Ghibli Classics Turn 25

Hard to believe but it was 25 years ago today that Studio Ghibli unleashed two classic movies onto the world from the two co-founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Those two movies were My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies.

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With particular emphasis on Totoro, Miyazaki took influence from his childhood and the home his family had to move to during World War II and also his mother’s bout with spinal TB. My Neighbour Totoro with its tale of innocence involving forest spirits struck a chord with audiences around the world.

So a massive Happy Birthday to both films for having a lasting appeal and say Happy 25th!

Kiki’s Delivery Service Rumored For Live Action Movie

Rumours are flying thick and fast of the Studio Ghibli movie, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” receiving a live action movie. Takashi Shimizu, director of “The Grudge” and “Ju-On” is supposedly on board for the movie as well.

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These rumours are coming via site, Twitch, who are saying that the movie could be adapted from the animated movie but if a project were to go ahead that the original book from Eiko Kadono could also serve as an adaptation.

Anyone else think that a live action movie of this loved Studio Ghibli film would be pretty cool?

Studio Ghibli Announces Two Movies For 2013

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.

Kaze Tachinu

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.

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Miyazaki Receives Japanese Cultural Merit Honour

Hayao Miyazaki, a name synonymous with Studio Ghibli is to receive an award, along with 15 other people, in recognition of being one of this year’s worthy of the ‘Person of Cultural Merit honor’.

Miyazaki is renowned for bringing such classics to life as Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo. As of writing this, he is actually hard at work on Ghibli’s next release, due for release in 2013, a piece of work “with lots of airplanes”. This award is given out by the Japanese Government, every November, to a select few who have continuously for a number of years contributed to Japanese culture.

The awards are handed out by none less than the Emperor himself, where they will join The Order of Cultural Merit. The event takes place at the Imperial Palace on November 3rd, coinciding with a National holiday referred to as Cultural Day. A past winner is Leiji Matsumoto, responsible for Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 which inspired the ferry, Himiko, taking passengers down the Sumida River.

Miyazaki Screens Movie For Tsunami

Highly esteemed animation director, Hayao Miyazaki, recently held a screening of Ponyo in an area of Japan affected by the tsunami. Rikuzen-Takada was the town that received a visit and a screening from Miyazaki san and US news station, CNN, was there along to capture everything and even arrange for a short interview as well.

Speaking about the tsunami in Japan and the fact that there’s a tsunami in Ponyo as well:

“I can’t predict things, but I knew that a tsunami was coming because if you live in Japan that’s to be expected,” he said.

“We just forgot that at some point a tsunami will come. Even in the disaster stricken areas, people should have known, or even if they knew they probably felt that they were protected by the concrete around them.”

Check out the video below for more info.