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Two New Studio Ghibli Films Are Incoming for 2013


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.

(via: /Film)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    ME.

    I AM EXCITED.

    I CAN’T WORDS FOR EXCITEMENT.

  • http://twitter.com/keltar93 James Gardiner

    Sweet. Hoping they take less time to localize for the US than Arrietty, 18 months was too long to wait.

  • http://twitter.com/ryorin Shoshana B

    I am SO looking forward to how they expand on Princess Kaguya’s story. I wonder what they’ll do with the proto-science fiction elements? Considering the tagline, I’m guessing they’ll have a bit with the moon people than the Taketori-monogatari did to explain WHY Kaguya-hime’s on Earth. Will they keep the stun beams? I hope they keep the stun beams! [/Heian period literature geek-out]

  • Anonymous

    I really wish that I was excited about this, but I feel that Miyazaki has just been phoning it it since Howl’s Moving Castle. His mantle now belongs to Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars), which is somewhat ironic as Hosoda left Studio Ghibli after Miyazaki refused to let him direct Howl’s Moving Castle as promised.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.l.collins.3 Daniel Lee Collins

    I’d rather they make the sequel to Porco Rosso!! Come on already!!!

  • Jon

    I’m not ashamed to same I’m one of the few adults who flock to the first-run showings of every new Ghibli film showing in American theaters. I was excited to see Arrietty a year after coming home from a trip to Japan where they handed out mini posters of the movie at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka!

  • Gto Onizuka

    they are making a sequel to porco rosso

  • Kristen Knightley

    A sequel? to Porco Rosso?

    There’s a hope…a hope for Kiki to get a sequel too…!

  • Josh Leitzel

    How could you think that The Wind Rises won’t be a masterpiece? It’s such a personal project for the man, which Howl’s was not. When Miyazaki wants to send a message to his viewers you’ll know when. And this is that time. Plus, Howl’s Moving Castle was great. One of his best films. I can’t even believe someone didn’t like it.

    Mamoru Hosoda is OKAY. But his films don’t have the emotional or symbolical depth that the Ghibli/Miyazaki movies tend to have.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting! I loved Toki wa kakeru shojo and Summer Wars – interesting that he left Ghibli due to creative differences. And yeah, the latest Miyazaki films have been kinda lackluster (Arrietty, Ponyo). I wonder if these next ones will turn it around…

  • Josh Leitzel

    So you’re basing your assumptions on the film on the opinion that his last films weren’t that good? That’s ridiculous. We must always watch movies with an open mind. Everything we know about The Wind Rises says that it will be Miyazaki going out of his comfort zone, and that always ends well! Just look at Mononoke. Miyazaki even said that it “will not be the type of work that everyone in the audience can relax and enjoy.” And that he “had the desire to create something realistic that sent a powerful message.” Hell, the theme song is about suicide. Miyazaki aint f*cking around. He’s creating something very special, if you aren’t willing to accept that then fine. But I will be awaiting this future masterpiece.

    I’m pretty sure Howl’s Moving Castle was meant for the same demographic as Spirited Away and many of his other movies, so I don’t know why you feel that way. If anything Ponyo is not meant for your demographic, which explains why you weren’t fond of it. You have to watch it with a certain suspension of disbelief to enjoy it. If you watch it hoping for anything logical you’re going to have a bad time. Ponyo was charming and crazy imaginative. Even better than Howl’s because it was able to bring me back to my childhood.

    Arrietty is barely a Miyazaki film, he only co-scripted it. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, longtime Ghibli animator, directed it. For his first film he did a fantastic job. And it’s obvious to anyone that he holds a lot of potential. I cannot wait for his next film.

    Earthsea sucked. Wanna know why? He had ZERO experience before he started making it. NONE. But Toshio Suzuki was impressed by him so he made him director. A lot of this can really be attributed to the simple fact that too much responsibility was put on a guy who could never handle it. He was determined to finish it to prove to his father that he could do it. And while I didn’t like it, Miyazaki senior said to him that “It was made honestly, it was good.” Maybe you should watch Goro’s second feature, From Up on Poppy Hill. It’s an amazing, heartfelt and charming movie. Miles ahead of that Earthsea crap. It actually had heart and meaning to it. Plus, Miyazaki co-wrote the script for the film. I thought it was even better than Ponyo or Arrietty.

    And you’re saying that you aren’t looking forward to Princess Kaguya? The film made by the master Isao Takahata? The guy that made one of the most emotionally jarring movies of all time, Grave of the Fireflies? Another reason to be excited is the fact that it’s his first movie in nearly 14 years. I love Miyazaki but I feel as though Takahata is the true genius in filmmaking. I have very high hopes for Kaguya.

    To top it all off, Goro is currently working on a Samurai period film. One that “fuses fact and fiction together.” A Samurai Ghibli film. Just the sound of it is mind-blowing.

  • Josh Leitzel

    “you certainly seem to have your mind made up about the quality of the next Ghibli film.”

    Of course. I always try to hope for the best. This may not always be the best way for me to think I guess. I was really excited for Pixar’s Brave but that ended up being severely mediocre. But since Ghibli hasn’t disappointed me lately like Pixar has I’m much more hopeful about The Wind Rises. Mainly because the concept actually seems like they’re taking risks here. Admit it, does sound pretty interesting. I mean, Miyazaki’s never done a realistic film before, so we don’t really know how the movie’s going to feel. Tagline is “we must try to live.” How does that NOT sound awesome? It’s like a throwback to Mononoke and Nausicaa. I hope when and if you do watch this new movie you are pleasantly surprised by it, because I can’t see it being bad.

    Did you watch Poppy Hill? I thought that was pretty damn good.

    Honestly, I’m very excited for Ghibli’s future. Yes, they were in a period where they made more calm and down to earth films that weren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but now they say they’re moving onto a period of epics. And that really excites me. We’ve got an adaption of one of my favorite folktales, a Samurai movie, and whatever Yonebayashi’s next work is.

    Sorry, but I really am not fond of Hosoda’s work. I tried to because they got decent reception, but they just didn’t register with me. Not enough depth to them I guess. Wolf Children wasn’t too bad though.

    I do hope that The Wind Rises turns out to be as good as it sounds, as it may very well be Miyazaki’s final movie. And I feel like he wants to go out on a bang. Whereas Ponyo was a movie mainly geared towards kids, The Wind Rises is obviously going for a much darker and more mature tone. It has a lot going for it, and I’m expecting a masterpiece. Nothing less.