Anime fans rejoice: Studio Ghibli has announced that directors (and Ghibli co-founders) Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will each come out with a new film in 2013. More than that, the two films—The Wind is Rising and The Tale of Princess Kaguya—will be coming out on the same day.
The Wind is Rising, which anime legend Hayao Miyazaki wrote and is directing, is centered around Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane that was used by Japan during World War II. The film will be the first feature Miyazaki has directed since 2008’s Ponyo; IMDB notes that a sequel to 1992’s Porco Rosso will also be coming out in 2013.
Meanwhile, The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be directed by Takahata, best known for Grave of the Fireflies. The eponymous Princess Kaguya is a character from Japanese folklore who was discovered as a baby growing inside a glowing stalk of bamboo. The film’s tagline apparently translates to “A princess’s crime and punishment.”
AnimeNewsNetwork notes that both films will be out on the same day sometime next summer— but that’s in Japan. There’s no news as of yet on any release info for other countries, but I imagine we’ll hear something not too long from now. Ghibli has launched Websites for both films (The Wind is Rising; The Tale of Princess Kaguya), and though there’s not much on either of them at the moment, they should be a good place to keep up with the pair of films in the coming months—assuming you speak Japanese, that is.