Grave of the Fireflies

Darkly dreaming: the legacy of Isao Takahata

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Studio Ghibli has been a powerful part of both of our lives as otaku, inspiring nightmares, empowerment and the hope that we can each be heroes in our own way. It’s safe to say that its legacy wouldn’t have held quite the same place in our hearts without co-founder Isao Takahata, whom we have sadly […]

Weekly round-up

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Even with a new-look littleanimeblog now live (as you’ve almost definitely noticed) we’re both still the same ani-ramblers you’ve come to know and love. That’s why we’re back with our old familiar round-up, and a faery and fantasy-filled look back over the past week’s goings on. Let’s get to it! News Netflix to co-produce anime […]

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 […]

Weekly round-up

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Hey there, friends! Welcome to our first round-up of 2018. This week for us was all about that Devilman. We blitzed through DEVILMAN crybaby and felt so fired up we just had to write a feature about it. You can check that out as you read on, as well as the year’s top news stories […]

Miyazaki slates first anime work since The Wind Rises

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While we’re jumpy as a bunch of soot sprites waiting for Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming feature film, his newest short for the Ghibli Museum at least seems well underway. ‘Boro the Caterpillar’ has been on the production line for well over a year by now, but it’s been scheduled to have its debut on March 21st. […]

Update: UK release slated for Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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Former Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, founder of Studio Ponoc, decided to take us all by surprise last December. He announced that the young studio’s first feature-length would be titled Mary and the Witch‘s Flower, and helmed by When Marnie Was There director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The US already got their go on the broomstick, but what about the […]

Weekly round-up

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We’re back for the first weekly round-up in…how long? Too long, that’s what! But the main thing is, we’re happy to be here to bring you all the best of this week’s news, reviews and features from littleanimeblog, as well as all the great writing we’ve seen from you guys these past few days. Let’s […]

Miyazaki’s new movie is “action-adventure fantasy”

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Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has described Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming film as a hand-drawn “action-adventure fantasy” in a recent letter. Miyazaki himself unveiled its title as Kimi-tachi wa Do Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?) back in October. The 1937 Genzaburo Yoshino book which directly inspired the title will have special meaning for the protagonist, the […]

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 […]

Weekly round-up

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It’s been a quiet one this week, but we still have plenty to share with you from the cosy corner of our blog, and the wider anime world. We’ve got fantasy updates from all the way along the grimdark and whimsical spectrum, plus some zombies thrown in with our news this week. After that we’ll […]

Update: Hayao Miyazaki may already be producing new feature film

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After The Wind Rises was released in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, at least from feature films. He said he would still be working on the Ghibli Museum Shorts, and the one in production right now is ‘Kemushi no Boro’ (‘Boro the Caterpillar’). But with true Miyazaki sticktoitiveness, he’s recanted his retirement and started work on a […]

Weekly round-up

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Well, have we got a bumper round-up to share with you today. Along with all the news you need to keep up to date with the world of anime, we’re introducing a brand new feature to this weekly update. No spoilers here! You’ll just have to scroll on down to find out. New York Times […]