Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service author wins prestigious literature award

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The author who first put delivery witch Kiki on her broomstick has been awarded a great honour for her enduring contributions to children’s literature. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) recognised Eiko Kadano with the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing, considered equal in prestige to the Nobel Prize in Literature. […]

Event: Hyper Japan welcomes back Laputa, Totoro and Kiki’s Kihara Hirokatsu

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Hyper Japan will be back for its next fest at Tobacco Dock, London from July 14th to 16th, and so will Kihara Hirokatsu. An anime professional who worked on the production desk for Laputa, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, he was a guest at last year’s Hyper Japan too. But he ruffled a few fan feathers while he […]

Spirited Away named one of BBC’s 100 greatest films of the century

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Having become the most successful film in Japanese history in 2001, as well as the highest grossing by overtaking Titanic at the box office, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has been marked up by the BBC as a modern movie destined to be considered a classic by generations to come. In their list of the 21st century’s 100 greatest films, as selected […]

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 […]

Ex-Ghibli production team member criticises creativity of all films since Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Hirokatsu Kihara, who once worked on production at Studio Ghibli and was involved in the makings of Laputa, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, has criticised all of the studio’s films since 1989’s Kiki of being boring. Last weekend (July 15th-17th), he was a guest at London’s Hyper Japan festival, and there he gave an interview to UK style magazine Dazed, during which he […]

Event: Hyper Japan comes to London’s Olympia this Friday

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The Hyper Japan festival is coming to the Olympia in London this weekend, bringing otaku fun, games and merch in their Game & Anime Park area, and with Crunchyroll and Nintendo in attendance from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th. Anime Limited have also tweeted that they will be represented at the festival, with more details soon to […]

News: Ghibli continue animations of 800-year-old “manga”

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Studio Ghibli have animated a second ad based on the famed Choju Jinbutsu Giga Emaki (Scrolls of Cartoons of Birds, Animals and People) for Marubeni Power, a Japanese energy company who promote conservation. Katsuya Kondo, character designer and animation director for Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo, is at the helm for these commercials, the first of which, ‘Encounter’, depicted […]

Event: Hyper Japan announces guests from Ghibli, InuYasha and more

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The Hyper Japan festival has announced a few new guests from the anime industry, and they’ll be speaking to otaku on their bounty of well-beloved series and movies at the event which runs from July 15th-17th at Olympia in London. The guests on the itinerary for Saturday’s first session are: Suwa Michihiko, Yomiuri TV’s Chief Producer […]

News: Studio Ghibli animator Makiko Futaki passes away

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Makiko Futaki, an accomplished animator who worked extensively for Studio Ghibli, has passed away aged 58. Word of her passing on May 13th, as she was being treated for illness, came from Trash Studio, run by Kugimiya Yoichiro who handles Ghibli’s movie production affairs coordination. A private funeral was held for her loved ones. Futaki started out in […]