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Laputa art book from VIZ Media sees Ghibli film’s creation through from studio’s beginnings

VIZ Media are celebrating the beloved anime works of artist and visionary Hayao Miyazaki with their upcoming release of The Art of Castle in the Sky on October 18th. This date marks the 30th anniversary of the original release of the Studio Ghibli film Laputa: Castle in the Sky, and the book gives a peek behind the scenes, documenting its visual development from conception to release.

Castle in the Sky was the first feature film produced by Studio Ghibli, under the direction of Hayao Miyazaki. Sheeta, a girl who has the power to defy gravity, is on the run from pirates when she meets the young inventor Pazu. Together they explore the secrets of Laputa, a flying city constructed by a long-lost race of people. All of Miyazaki’s major themes – the power of flight, the bravery of young women, and a world wrecked by change – are captured with beautiful animation and joyous storytelling. This new art book not only displays the film’s art, but shares commentary and insights from Miyazaki himself, and will retail for $34.99 US (or $39.99 CAN).

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In their press release, Viz describe Miyazaki and his illustrious career as director, artist and imagineer:

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s most beloved animation directors. His first feature, The Castle of Cagliostro, was released in 1979 and his critically acclaimed film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which was based on his own manga, was released in 1984. In 1985, Miyazaki cofounded Studio Ghibli, through which he directed the box office smashes Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001), which won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. Howl’s Moving Castle(2004) received the Osella Award for technical achievement at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. In 2005, VIFF awarded Miyazaki the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Miyazaki’s other acclaimed films include My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo. Miyazaki’s essays, interviews and memoirs have been collected in STARTING POINT: 1979–1996 and TURNING POINT: 1997–2008. His final film, The Wind Rises, was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award®. In November 2014, Miyazaki received an honorary Academy Award® at the academy’s sixth annual Governor’s Awards.

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