Studio Ghibli has started distributing “Studio Ghibli Wallpapers”, which can be used for things such as online conferences. There are a total of 8 types, including “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, “Castle in the Sky”, and “Spirited Away”.
The 8 wallpapers are: “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, “Castle in the Sky”, “Spirited Away”, “Howl's Moving Castle”, “Ponyo”, “Arrietty”, and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”.
Beware that these wallpapers are available only for individual use, such as working from home, telecommuting, or for online conferences like remote classes. They cannot be used for commercial purposes and/or advertisements.
They are planning to add more to the lineup, so let's look forward to them.
The first official photo album of Mitaka Forest's Ghibli Art Museum, "Ghibli Art Museum Stories" will be on sales. Pre-orders can be made at Amazon and it will be released on Mar. 20, 2002.
This photo album contains photo of the interior of the Mitaka Forest's Ghibli Art Museum where photography aren't normally allowed. The photo was taken by Kanyada, who is living in Thailand, with his iPhone.
As the theme is "The perception of an adult who forgotten his childhood", it is an album that contained the unknown "appearance of the Ghibli Art Museum" that can't be seen without squatting down and looking.
As it full of expectation of discovering something new as if the childhood had returned,and there are even expressions which had surprised the Ghibli staffs who have been working there for a long time.
Furthermore, at the end of the album, there is a more than 1500 words introduction from Nakajima Kiyofumi-shi, the president of Studio Ghibli and 2nd caretaker of Mitaka Forest's Ghibli Art Museum, and an "afterword" from Suzuki Toshio-shi.
"Ghibli Art Museum Stories" is priced at 3,800 JPY (tax excluded). It can now be pre-ordered at Amazon and there will be a limited sales of 200 copies that come with the "original postcard". The release date will be Mar. 20, 2020.
（C）Museo d'Arte Ghibli
Photo by Kanyada
Netflix announced that they will distribute 21 Studio Ghibli masterpieces such as "LAPUTA: Castle in the Sky," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," and "Howl's Moving Castle" worldwide excluding Japan, the United States and Canada from Feb. to Apr. 2020. "I hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli," commented Studio Ghibli producer Suzuki Toshio.
The lineup on Netflix is as follows; from Feb. 1, 7 masterpieces such as "LAPUTA: Castle in the Sky", "My Neighbor Totoro", "Kiki's Delivery Service", and "Porco Rosso"; from Mar. 1, 7 masterpieces such as "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"; from Apr. 1, 7 masterpieces such as "Pom Poko," "Whisper of the Heart," "Howl's Moving Castle," and "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea." A total of 21 masterpieces will be distributed.
Excluding Japan, the United States and Canada, it will reach several countries in the world in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, with 28 language subtitles and up to 20 language dubs.
Studio Ghibli producer Suzuki said, “In this day and age, there are many ways to deliver a movie to the audience. I listened to the fans and decided to distribute the works. I hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli. "
"This is a dream announcement for Netflix and millions of members on it. Studio Ghibli's animated films were legendary and have circulated around the world for over 35 years. They have been attracting fans all over the world and I look forward to enjoying them in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia with more languages, " said Aram Yacoubian, director of Netflix's original animations.
On May 10, 2021, it has been announced that "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days", which was scheduled to be released on May 28, will be postponed 'in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic'.
The postponement of "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days" was jointly announced by the production committee and Toho Co., Ltd.
Along with the announcement, 'We have decided to postpone the release of "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days" that was scheduled to be released on Friday, May 28, 2021, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.', they expressed their apologies, 'We deeply apologize to those who looked forward to the release.'
The new release date will be announced on Toho Official Website upon as soon as it is decided.
（C）2021 "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days" Production Committee
“Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash," which was scheduled to be released on May 7, 2021, has announced that the release date will be changed to May 21 due to the effects of the spread of the coronavirus infection.
The original story of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash" is a novel of the same title written by Tomino Yoshiyuki, which inherits the world view of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack," which depicts the final battle between Amuro and Char.
The novel depicts the new battle of the anti-Earth Federation government movement "Mafty" on the vertical axis, and the intersecting destinies of its leader Hathaway Noa, the mysterious beautiful girl Gigi Andalucia, and Federation Colonel Kenneth Sleg on the horizontal axis.
The release date of the film has been postponed due to the impact of the spread of the coronavirus infection. The film was originally scheduled to be released on July 23, 2020, but due to the effects of the new coronavirus infection, it was decided to postpone its release.
In regard to the second change of the release date, Ogata Naohiro, the producer of Sunrise Inc. who is in charge of the planning and production of the film, has commented to the fans who are waiting for the release of the film.
Due to the change in the release date, the limited edition Blu-ray and the regular edition Blu-ray, the event limited Gunpla "HG 1/144 Penelope [Clear Color] First Production Limited Package" and the pamphlets of the luxury edition and the regular edition will be released on May 21.
Advance tickets with special offers that are currently on sale will be available at screening theaters until May 20, the day before the film's release. Advance tickets (Moviechike cards) that have already been purchased can be used for screenings after the change in release date.
“Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash" will open in theaters nationwide on May 21.
■Executive Producer Ogata Naohiro, comments in full
I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been affected by the coronavirus infection and to their families and concerned people.
I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the medical staff and all those who are working daily to prevent the spread of the infection.
In light of the situation of the coronavirus infection in Japan, we have decided to postpone the release of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash," which was scheduled to be released on May 7, 2021 (Friday), to May 21, 2021 (Friday).
Many people involved in the film are filled with regret, as are all of you who have had to wait so long since the postponement last summer. However, in consideration of the safety of the people who will be coming to see the show, we have decided to give it another two weeks.
Please take care of yourself until May 21, and I will see you at the theater this time, this time for sure.
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise
The movie "Shin Ultraman," planned and written by Anno Hideaki of "Evangelion" fame and scheduled to be released in early summer of 2021, has decided to adjust its release date. The reason is explained as "due to the impact of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the production schedule.
"Shin Ultraman" is a special effects film planned and written by Anno Hideaki, directed by Higuchi Shinji, and was scheduled to be released in early summer of 2021.
On March 26, 2021, an announcement was made on the official website under the joint names of Tsuburaya Productions, Toho, and Khara, saying, "Due to the impact of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the production schedule, we will not be releasing the film in early summer of 2021 as planned, but will adjust the release date to a new date.
As for the future schedule of the film's release, they said, "The entire staff is working diligently on the film. We hope you will look forward to it. As for the future release schedule, it will be announced on the official website and SNS as soon as it is decided. Please wait for further information.
The survey site "Voice Note" surveyed and announced the popularity ranking of "favorite animated movies", including CG anime works.
746 Voice Note members who answered "I watch anime movies" in the prior survey voted for all anime movies ranked in the top 100 highest-grossing movies of all time released in Japan by KOGYO TSUSHINSHA. 1st place was "Spirited Away", 2nd place was "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" and 3rd place was "Princess Mononoke".
1st place “Spirited Away" is a feature-length animated film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed, written and based on a novel by Miyazaki Hayao. The film depicts the main character, a young girl named Chihiro, who wanders into a mysterious world with her parents and grows up through various encounters and experiences.
Survey respondents said, "I like the story and the world view of the characters," indicating that the film is supported by people of all ages and both sexes. Also, when the movie was shown again in 2020, it ranked first in the nationwide movie attendance ranking, and it seems to have the appeal of "never getting tired of being watched it again and again”.
In 2nd place, "Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer the Movie Infinity Train Arc" is an animated film produced by ufotable, based on the manga "Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer" by Gotouge Koyoharu. The film is a sequel to the TV anime and depicts the battle on the Infinity Train that took place between volumes 7 and 8 of the original manga. The film is still in theaters as of April 16, 2021, and has surpassed "Spirited Away" to become the top grossing film of all time in Japan.
Many of the respondents to the survey said that the characters were particularly appealing, and the figures show that the film has attracted a large number of people, both children and adults.
3rd places’ “Princess Mononoke" is a feature-length animated film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed, written and based on the original story by Miyazaki Hayao, just like "Spirited Away". The story takes place in Japan during the Muromachi period. The protagonist, Ashitaka, meets San, a girl who is human but lives as a wild dog, and begins to search for a way for the forest and humans to coexist.
According to the voices of the survey respondents, the film was highlighted as being popular for reasons such as its "grand theme and interesting story.
In 4th place was "Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer" and in 5th place was "Your Name” came in at No. 5. Rounding out the top 10 were "Howl's Moving Castle," "One Piece Film Z," "Frozen," "Despicable Me 3," and “Weathering With You”.
By ages, "Spirited Away" topped the list for those in their 20s or younger, 50s, 60s, and 70s or older, "Princess Mononoke" for those in their 30s, and "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" for those in their 40s.
“Spirited Away" (C) 2001 Studio Ghibli/NDDTM
"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" (C) Gotouge Yoshiharu/Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
“Princess Mononoke" (C) 1997 Studio Ghibli, ND
The anime studio "Studio Ghibli" that has produced "My Neighbor Totoro", etc., posted "I love Pixar" on Twitter, on April 14, 2021, as a message to the US's anime studio "Pixar Animation Studio".
The tweet was followed with a picture of the main protagonist of Ghibli's latest film "Earwig and the Witch", Earwig looking at the poster featuring Totoro with Sulley-like and Mike-like characters from Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.".
Ghibli and Pixar have a long relationship as a toy Totoro was featured in the movie "Toy Story 3" (2010).
Prior to the release of Ghibli's first full 3DCG film "Earwig and the Witch", they delivered a message filled with respect and affection to their alliance Pixar, who had produced various famous CG animation. Some of the comments from the fans are "The affinity between Pixar and Ghibli is the best" and "I happy on this mutual affection relationship".
"Earwig and the Witch" will be released nationwide on April 29, 2021.
A special mash-up video has been released that mixes images of heroines that have graced Ghibli films in the past, such as Kiki from "Kiki's Delivery Service" and Sheeta from "Castle in the Sky," with images of Earwig, the heroine of "Earwig and the Witch," which will be released in theaters on April 29, 2021.
The video begins with Kiki, the heroine of "Kiki's Delivery Service," flying over the city on a broomstick, and goes on to show the heroines from nine classic movies, including "Castle in the Sky," "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Spirited Away," "Ponyo," "Howl's Moving Castle," and "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” The heroines' adventures, growth, and each emotional scene from the past nine masterpieces were spliced together.
However, halfway through the video, the atmosphere changes. With a roar of thunder, Ghibli's new heroine Earwig appeared on the screen, wide-eyed, pinching her nose, laughing with her big mouth open, and full of expression and tomboyishness! She is a clever and manipulative girl who wisely manipulates the people around her, which is different from the image of heroines we have seen in the past.
But in fact, she is the new heroine who was meant to appear in this day and age, who never loses her temper no matter how bad things get or how angry she gets. Earwig has the strength and wisdom necessary to survive, and the power to make others happy, and she has a strength and charm different from the heroines of the past.
In addition, Miyazaki Goro, the director of "Earwig and the Witch," broadcast his debut feature animation work "Tales From Earthsea" on April 9, 2021 on Nippon Television Friday Roadshow. In the program, there will be a special mash-up version of the film that shows the similarities between Ghibli's masterpiece and Earwig.
The "A New Heroine is Born! Full of Ghibli Special Movies" is now available on YouTube "Toho MOVIE Channel". “Earwig and the Witch", in which the new heroine Earwig plays actively, will be released nationwide on April 29, 2021.
“Earwig and the Witch" Film Summary
Opens in theaters nationwide on April 29 (Thursday, national holiday)
Terajima Shinobu, Toyokawa Etsushi, Hamada Gaku, Hirasawa Kokoro, Sherina Munaf
(C) 2020 NHK, NEP, Studio Ghibli
The first original goods for the "'Animage and Ghibli Exhibition': Ghibli Began with a Single Magazine”, which will be held at Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo from April 15, 2021, have been revealed. The line-up includes a tapestry designed by "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" and a plush toy of “blue” Teto.
"'Animage and Ghibli Exhibition': Ghibli Began with a Single Magazine” is an exhibition that looks back at the origins of Studio Ghibli by focusing on the "editorial" side of Suzuki Toshio, the producer of Studio Ghibli who has been involved in numerous hit works.
During the exhibition, about 150 original exhibition items will be available such as a plush toy that recreates the “blue” Teto from the November 1983 issue of Animage, a tapestry with the opening design of the movie "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," items with the design of the castle of Laputa surrounded by the strange and beautiful rotting sea plants and greenery, and items that express iconic scenes from the film by silhouettes.
"'Animage and Ghibli Exhibition': Ghibli Began with a Single Magazine” will be held at Event Square on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza from April 15 to May 5. After that, the exhibition will tour around Japan, including Ishinomaki, Miyagi.
For more information, please visit the official website.
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The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.