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Studio Ghibli Announces Next Anime Movies from Co-Founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata


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Studio Ghibli have a history of making announcements on December 13th, and this year they announced that, for the first time since the 1988 double bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies, renowned cofounders Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas) will be releasing anime films in the same season, with summer 2013 plans confirmed for Kaze Tachinu and Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.


Hints and rumors about both productions had been recently backed by November domain registrations for and


Miyazaki previously created a Kaze Tachinu manga, and the upcoming movie will work off that and Tatsuo Hori's like-named novel in exploring the life of historic World War II Zero fighter designer Jirō Horikoshi's life. Frequent collaborator Joe Hisaishi will be returning to score the film.



As far back as 2009, the talk was that Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's first movie since his 1999 water color style adaptation of family comic strip My Neighbors the Yamadas would be a retelling of 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) - the story of moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The story figured into many other anime, from Oh! Edo Rocket to to Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Millennia to Sailor Moon.


Shinichiro Ikebe, who provided the music for 1978 Miyazaki/Takahata TV anime Future Boy Conan, is attached to Kaguya-hime no Monogatari's soundtrack.





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  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Any Miyazaki news

    by unkempt_sock

    is cool news.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Awesome ... but 2 days late again, AICN ...

    by Judge Briggs

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    miyazaki is as dependable as pixar

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    I think you mean as dependable as pixar used to be.

  • I still have to see From Up on Poppy Hill as well.

  • Disney are goddamn cowards for not giving it a proper release.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    Not like Brave? sure the Cars movies aren't my favorite (the kids sure like em though) But all these movies are great: Toy Story Trilogy The Incredibles Finding Nemo Up Wall-E Monsters Inc. a Bug's Life is ...ok Compared to most any other studio, Pixar is damned dependable

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Creepythinmanlives is a C##t.

    by johnnyalucard

    FACT !

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Pixar is fine.

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    I was relieved when I watched Brave and it reminded me a lot of Beauty and the Beast. If we were just coming off of Cars 2, I'd agree and be worried but I'm not worried about Pixar at all. Anyhow...

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Pixar vs. Ghibli

    by StarWarsRedux

    At least at Ghibli they don't yank a developing film project out from the person who created it and hand it off to another director like Pixar does on a distressingly regular basis. True, Ghibli doesn't have as many directors as Pixar, but that might've been different had the director of the great "Whisper of the Heart" not died soon after completing the film. <p> <p>Of course, we'll probably have to wait until next decade to see either of these movies. What's the point of the Disney deal if they aren't a tad more punctual about giving them stateside releases? <p> <p>In other news, WHERE THE FUCK IS EVA 3.0?!?!?

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    the Pixar argument

    by unkempt_sock

    I don't know you guys. Cars 2 was really average, we can all agree on that. But Brave, in my opinion, was really weak. They had a chance to make a really great mythic tale with a supremely confident lead female character, but then it just turned into another body swapping tale. It was just too regurgitated and weak. I realize that almost every pixar movie is a rehash of another film's story, but Brave just didn't have the "heart" like the others, to use a really lame phrase. I mean, the fact that the bear transformation was completely absent in the trailers is almost like they were admitting it was a bad idea.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    @starwarsredux re: Eva 3.0

    by vincentkv

    You don't want it. Trust me.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    unkempt_sock- the bear wasn't in the trailers to keep it a surprise

    by glenn_the_frog

    Considering its the big "plot twist" of the movie and it doesn't occur till halfway through the film, they kept that part of it out of the trailers, so audiences could be surprised. (Of course, tie in toy commercials ruined it all the same.) Most Pixar films are pretty good about having their trailers only show stuff from the first 20 minutes or so in fact, you rarely have ANY idea where the second half is going. (And their early trailers are usually completely new footage that doesn't appear in the movie at all.) Ratatouille focused almost entirely on Remy controlling the guy's hair and a quick gag with lightning cheese that occurs 30 seconds into the movie. Toy Story 3 commercials showed very little except that "hey, its these characters again!" and "Ken is hanging out with Barbie!" Wall-E showed nothing of the humans. Cars 2 didn't show any of the locations other than Japan. Brave didn't show the witch or the bear. UP is the exception where they emphasized the dog and the bird who don't show up until well into the movie... but then they totally hid the opening 10 minutes and still hid the villain and second half. A week or two after the movie had been out the commercials switched up and started showing the bear thing. But... not revealing stuff is something Pixar is pretty good and consistent about.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    More stuff I won't watch. Excellent.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Too bad wetstinkymudflaps, your missing out on some great stories

    by Mace Tofu

    by skipping a Miyazaki flick.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    important advice

    by docmem

    Do NOT, whatever you do, actually show a "double bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies" to your kids, unless you are prepared to pay for rather a lot of therapy.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    This is ancient news

    by Carmen A

    Was announced on TECH blogs about two months ago.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    When the fuck is Spirited Away hitting Blu?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That's the movie that essentially introduced Miyazaki to Western audiences (myself included).

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Awesome, I'm running out of Ghibli movies to show my class.

    by MotherPussBucket

  • Dec. 15, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    No Porco love?

    by Squilookle

    Bugger- I was really hoping it'd be Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie, but hey, if there's a chance we could see a Zero peeling away over billowing clouds like only Ghibli can create... then it'll probably be worth it. Not really interested in Takahata.... or Pixar anymore, for that matter.

  • Dec. 16, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    God damnit

    by The Fuck

    You can be damn sure this will be Miyazaki's last film. Im desperate for another fantasy film from the man himself. Now we're getting this memoire thing. Dang he should have adapted his 1980s Mononoke Hime version.

  • I'm probably saying that as an adult because of the sheer imagination that goes into Ghibli films. My kids would still prefer Pixar. The last couple of Pixar films I took them to were really sub par though.