Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

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Western fantasy and sci-fi literature has long proven influential for anime, and an early example, shortly after the glamour of Howl’s Moving Castle, was the less well-known Studio Ghibli effort Tales from Earthsea. The late, great Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January, had broken through to literary greatness with her novel A Wizard […]

Update: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure live-action film unveils teaser trailer

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Holy rock’n’rollers, at last we have a trailer for the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable movie. It’s only a 30-second teaser, but it shows us the setting of Sitges, Spain that stands in as Morioh and, of course, Kento Yamazaki kicking ass and looking fancy as Josuke Higashikata. This teaser is surprisingly subdued, compared to what […]

Update: your name. earns 20 billion yen, surpassing Howl’s Moving Castle

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Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) stayed #1 at the Japanese box office for its first nine consecutive weeks in cinemas. It had earned 9.1 billion yen in its fourth week, when Shinkai expressed concern over the pressures of breaking the 10 billion barrier. It’s already been marked Japan’s highest-grossing film in 2016, but now it’s […]

Ghibli’s chief colour designer of 30 years passes away

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Japanese news site Mainichi reported that Studio Ghibli colour designer Michiyo Yasuda passed away  from an undisclosed illness on October 5th. She was 77. Yasuda spent a long career with Ghibli as chief of the ink and paint division, joining for pre-Ghibli feature Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Before that she worked at Toei Doga, which became Toei Animation in 1998, […]

The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies

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The set-ups of certain of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films make you feel as though you’ve returned to Disney’s fairytales. In Howl’s Moving Castle, downtrodden hat maker Sophie has her Cinderella moment when she’s waltzed across the sky by Howl. And the enduring curse catalyst is flipped onto the male protagonist Ashitaka, who goes on […]

Event: London’s Southwark Playhouse presents stage adaptation of Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Kate Hewitt, currently the Associate Director for Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is directing a stage adaptation of the children’s book Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, which was adapted by Hayao Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli in 1989. With a script written by Jessica Siân, the Southwark Playhouse theatre, London will present the performance from […]