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Ok, this next bit of news is probably the most excited I’ve been in a long time! Madman recently announced that they’re bringing a Studio Ghibli celebration to Australian cinemas with CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI. This is an event that will run for one month showcasing the beautiful Ghibli movies beginning from August 24th through to September 20th, 2017 across Australia and New Zealand.

The event will see all 22 Studio Ghibli movies in a theatrical release format to entertain long time fans and newcomers alike. Here’s a brief list of what you can expect to see in the cinema: My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, My Neighbors The Yamadas and as a special treat for the first time in Australia and New Zealand cinema, Ocean Waves.

As well as showcasing the Ghibli animated catalogue, there will also be special screenings of documentaries including The Kindgom of Dreams and Madness and Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya. not to be left out, Ghiblies Episode 2 (2002) short film, and On Your Mark (1995), the animated music video for Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska will also feature.

And as a bonus, the opening night of each film will see attendees receiving an exclusive, commemorative CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI A1 print designed by multi-award-winning Australian artist, writer and filmmaker, Shaun Tan (THE LOST THING, THE ARRIVAL).

For more info on the opening night specials, keep checking Japandaman for updates. We’ll have the updates on our Facebook page and Twitter as well. And don’t forget to check the official site for session times and screening locations.

Studio Ghibli And Totoro Go Virtual

With the rise in popularity of virtual reality, thanks to the decrease in price of the tech involved, a lot more companies are starting to branch out into this new platform. Now, if you happen to own a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, you can explore some pretty cool worlds recently made available to the public.

Nick Pittom from Fire Panda has been hard at work on some worlds from the Studio Ghibli universe. Specifically, there are sections from Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro which you can check out in the VR world. To get a better idea, have a look at the clip below:


Fire Panda is a British virtual reality development studio who amongst other projects were also behind the Apollo 11 VR experience. You’ll be able to walk around these environments and be able to check out Totoro at the iconic bus stop scene in full detail which sounds great.

catbus totoro

You can pick up the demo from WEARVR and start checking out these amazing fantastical worlds today!

Studio Ghibli Souvenir Samples

Studio Ghibli is a much loved animation studio cranking out such beautiful classics as My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and the Academy Award winning, Spirited Away. If you happen to visit Japan, then a visit to the Studio Ghibli Museum is a must. You’ll be able to see exclusive artwork and other treasures that normally aren’t seen outside of Japan.

And then of course, there’s the souvenirs. Most people like to bring home a little trinket of their visit and thanks to Rocket News, we can show you a sample of what’s on offer.

Has anyone been lucky enough to go to the Ghibli Museum? We’d love to see pics of your goodies that you picked up there!