Hiya all! It is Wednesday again, and that means I am back in action with another blog post. First off, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Secondly, I’d like to say sorry. Last week I said I was going to be doing an article on Holiday anime, and unfortunately I can’t do them this week either. I tried my local anime/manga store and they don’t carry them, and I am still waiting for the downloads to complete, because no one is seeding them. I am literally sitting at 99.95% completion on one of them, and can’t watch it because of the 0.05% that is missing from the file. So yeah, sorry about the let down on the Holiday anime, but I did try. If you’d like to give them a go yourself, they were Tokyo Godfathers and Itsudatte My Santa! They look pretty good, and I’d really love to hear about them if you have seen them / watch them!
Well, since I can’t bring you Holiday anime I thought the least I could do is bring you some good anime news. Studio Ghibli has announced two new films for 2013. Co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will each be directing a film, The Wind Is Rising and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Even more exciting is that they will be released on the same day, which is something that Ghibli hasn’t done since My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies were released a whopping 25 years ago! There isn’t a specific release date, just that they will be released sometime this summer (in Japan, anyway. Hopefully the English dubbing doesn’t take too long!)
According to sources online, The Wind is Rising, which the amazing Hayao Miyazaki wrote and is directing, is centered around Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane which was used by Japan during World War II. This will be the first feature film Miyazaki has directed since 2008’s Ponyo. Meanwhile, The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be directed by Takahata, who is best known for Grave of the Fireflies. Princess Kaguya is a character from Japanese folklore, who was discovered as a baby growing inside a glowing stalk of bamboo. The tagline for the movie apparently translates to “A Princess’s crime and punishment” so if you are familiar with the folktale, that gives you a little hint on which direction the movie is going to go (and if you aren’t familiar, the tale is on Wikipedia.) Apart from the two confirmed releases, there is also talk online of a sequel to 1992’s Porco Rosso, which will apparently also be coming out sometime this year.
Studio Ghibli has released websites for both movies, but they are only available in Japanese. So if you can read Japanese, you can visit the websites for them. If you can’t, then you can still visit the websites because there isn’t much to be seen at either site. They just have the promotional poster with their names and a little bit of info at the bottom about the release coming in the summer. I tried to find more info on them, but there are scant amounts to be found – not even OVA or commercials for either movie can be found on youtube yet, but hopefully we’ll be seeing some promotion for them hit the internet here pretty soon.
The only thing to tint these releases with a bit of sadness is the fact that they may very well be the last films for either of the legendary directors. Takahata (75) and Miyazaki (71) are both getting on in years, and there has been speculation for several years about them retiring. This summer will certainly be a critical milestone for the studio, since it completes the ‘Five Year Plan’ of the studio to introduce the next generation of directors, while Takahata and Miyazaki prepare to move to more background roles, which they have certainly earned and deserve. Of the recent Ghibli directors, only two have stayed with the studio – Goro Miyazaki (From Up On Poppy Hill), who is slowly earning his father’s throne; and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arietty), who is the first new director since Yoshifumi Kondo (Whisper of the Heart) to earn Miyazaki’s full support and respect. Will these be the last works of the Studio Ghibli founders? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Anyway, again I am sorry about the Holiday anime let down, but I am hoping I made it up to you with the good news from Studio Ghibli! Next week I will try to bring you something more exciting, but until them I am going to go continue playing Assassin’s Creed II. See you all next week!
Until next time,
Caelrona – signing off! <3