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Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passes away at 82

Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli co-founder and the director of anime classics like Grave of the Fireflies, passed away last Thursday at 1:19 AM in a Tokyo hospital after a fight with lung cancer. He was 82 years old. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1959, Takahata joined the company now known as Toei Animation. There he directed films like Horus – Prince of ...

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Final Trailer for Ni no Kuni II Released

We are only mere days away from the March 23 launch of Level-5’s action RPG sequel, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, for the PS4 and PC platforms so it’s a safe bet that this new trailer is the final official trailer. Ni no Kuni II is notable and relevant to the site because it is heavily inspired by Studio Ghibli films, relying on clever cel-shading techniques in order to make the game look ...

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New Ni no Kuni II Trailer Shows Off Water Country Hydropolis

Bandai Namco has just unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming anime-inspired JRPG, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. The trailers released for the game so far tend to showcase specific locations in the game, and this new trailer doesn’t have any intent to break form. This time around, the trailer features the country Hydropolis. As the name implies, this location is water-themed. You can check ...


Studio Ghibli Catalog Home Entertainment Rights Secured by GKIDS

Independent entertainment producer and distributor GKIDS has hit a homerun recently, as they managed to ink a partnership deal with legendary Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. Under the deal, the distributor will handle Studio Ghibli’s rich catalog of animated content for the North American region. Fans will get to enjoy the fruits of the partnership starting on October 17, 2017, as ...


Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Release Delayed

The 3D cel-shaded RPG sequel Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was originally slated for a November release date on the Playstation 4 and PC platforms, but unfortunately the Studio Ghibli-inspired game has been delayed and its release date pushed back to January 19, 2018. The developers state that the reason being a desire to deliver “the full experience” to fans, which might be a nice way of ...


Toonz: A Computer Animation Tool for 2D, used by Studio Ghibli is now Open Source

Sometimes the biggest news of the year isnt from the biggest names. Some times out of the noise, there is a moment where things are made free. Toonz is a program used by Studio Ghibli since 1999 with Princess Mononoke. They have used it in the rest of their films up until their recent work. It was originally part of the Silicon Graphics Suite of workstations (remember them?) and for a while ...


The Red Turtle Set for Release on September 2016

The Red Turtle is the first feature from Dutch animator and director Michaël Dudok de Wit, and is being co-produced by Studio Ghibli of Japan and Wild Bunch of France. Isao Takahata joins the team as its artistic producer. This animated feature was written by screenwriter and director Pascale Ferran, focusing on the events after a shipwreck, and the sole survivor who was stranded on a desert ...


Castle in the Sky World Recreated in Minecraft

Minecraft these days is not so much a game as it is a rich, fertile playground for creative types of all ages, and the creations that its players have produced are nothing short of impressive in both their detail and the amount of time it took. Niconico user Hajikura Mocchi adds yet another beautiful virtual work of art as he tries to attempt an insurmountable task: recreating the world of Studio ...


Hayao Miyazaki Gets Out of Retirement to Focus on CG Animation

Iconic Japanese animator, director, and writer Hayao Miyazaki has recently announced that he is going to come out of retirement in order to take on a CG animated project, which would be a first for the director who has become famous for classic 2D projects. The filmmaker’s last project was The Wind Rises in 2013, and he has been retired since then. Miyazaki’s new project is tentatively ...


Review: Studio Ghibli’s Pom Poko, Porco Rosso, and Tales from Earthsea Blu-Ray Releases

Fans of Studio Ghibli probably watched most of the studio’s offerings when they originally came out, and most likely own home video releases in some form or another. But those who have yet to be introduced to the genius of Miyazaki, Takahata, and the rest of Studio Ghibli, Walt Disney’s most recent Blu-Ray releases will serve as good starting points. Yesterday, February 3rd, 2015, Walt Disney ...


Fox’s Animation Domination HD Releases Goodbye, Ghibli Video

Fox’s Animation Domination HD shorts are known for poking fun at established animated properties, including anime heavyweights Naruto and videogame icon Sonic the Hedgehog. So when they recently posted a new video titled “Goodbye, Ghibli,” people naturally assumed that it’s going to skewer Studio Ghibli and its properties. Everybody got taken for a swerve, though, as Goodbye Ghibli is ...


US Teaser for Studio Ghibli’sThe Tale of the Princess Kaguya Released has recently posted the official US teaser for GKIDs’ US release of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The release coincides with the upcoming Oscars as Gkids is planning an October 17th release in North America. If the style feels different compared to most mainstream Ghibli projects, it’s because The Tale of Princess Kaguya is from co-founder Isao Takahata ...

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