How Studio Ponoc made the break from Studio Ghibli

The studio’s founder and first director explain how they built a company from scratch to take Japanese animation back to Ghibli’s early days Left to right: Yoshiaki Nishimura, Mary, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. When producer Yoshiaki Nishimura first talked to director Hiromasa Yonebayashi about the project that would become the animated feature Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Yonebayashi […]

Six Best Studio Ghibli Films Not Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Truthfully, fans can hardly conceive the existence of Studio Ghibli without Hayao Miyazaki. After all, is not fortuitous that his most personal character happens to be the studio’s logo. Even something as miniscule as the Studio’s logo, die hard Ghibli fans may distrust films directed by different filmmakers—even if they are produced by the same […]

10 Iconic Studio Ghibli Meals

Studio Ghibli is known for creating beautiful, thought-provoking works of animation featuring topics not traditionally explored in movies aimed at children: environmentalism, war, feminism. The movies are rooted in Japanese culture and history and while always thoughtful, they never feel preachy. They also feature some mouthwatering food. Seriously—watch Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away and just try not to […]

Hayao Miyazaki’s New Film Is 15 Percent Finished

After three and a half years in production, Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming feature film Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?) is fifteen percent completed. That’s as of this past October, according to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki (via ANN) in a recent NHK documentary. Suzuki explained that for past productions, Miyazaki would direct ten minutes of […]

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My Neighbor Totoro’s Bizarre Timeline

It’s often said that My Neighbor Totoro takes place during the last half of the 1950s. But when exactly? The movie’s story might seem contained over a few months, so it should be easy to pin down when. But that’s where things get strange. Brian Ashcraft (a fellow expat in Japan) writing for Kotaku, takes a look […]

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Studio Ghibli’s New Year’s Message Mentions 2nd New Film in Production

Studio Ghibli reported in its annual New Year’s message on Wednesday that it is continuing to work on two new films in 2020. The anime studio had previously revealed that its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is directing the action-adventure fantasy feature film, Kimi-tachi wa DĹŤ Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?). The studio has yet to […]

Mary and The Witch’s Flower review – giddy delight from Studio Ghibli’s successors

The Japanese animation studio’s spirit lives on in this magical production from two of its veteran animators Studio Ghibli, the celebrated Japanese animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki, may have shuttered its production wing. But its spirit lives on in Studio Ponoc, founded by Ghibli veterans Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura. This first Ponoc production, an adaptation of The Little Broomstick by […]

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21+ Christmas 2019 Gift Ideas For Ghibli Fans

Every time you come to the festive season, do you have a headache about choosing gifts for your relatives? Christmas is coming this year, do you have any ideas for this? Are you, your loved one, friend or family member a fan of the legendary Studio Ghibli? Here are the latest items, sure to be […]

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