Hitomi Tateno, who worked for Studio Ghibli for 27 years, has published a memoir titled Pencil Chronicle – The Studio Ghibli That No One Knew. Her unique perspective portrays the hidden machinations of the studio that brought us 15 of the highest grossing Japanese anime films, as told in her series of columns for Ghibli’s monthly Neppū magazine.
With a few revisions and expansions of the column’s contents, Tateno first tells of her experiences working on My Neighbour Totoro, and carries on her story, for the most part as an animation checker, up to the release of When Marnie Was There in 2014. Including archival photographs and illustrations, the book begins with a foreword by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, its cover illustrated by Minoru Ohashi who animated for Tales of Earthsea and The Cat Returns.
Tateno’s memoir, published by Chuokoron-Shinsha, will be released on November 25th and will retail for 1512 yen.
Source: Net Lab