Anime art books are a dime a dozen (though the prices don’t reflect that!), even in the world of Studio Ghibli, which releases one for most every one of their films. However, as part of our effort to review unique art book titles, we have a brand new one to show you today that you… Read More Video Review: Hayao Miyazaki (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Art Book)
In 2017, Spoke Art opened an exhibition in its San Francisco gallery featuring pieces inspired by the works of acclaimed and Oscar-winning animator, Hayao Miyazaki. A success, they would repeat it in the following years, traveling the show to New York and then Los Angeles, showing hundreds of varied pieces with all this is common:… Read More My Neighbor Hayao: A Dreamy Collection of Miyazaki-Inspired Art
At the beginning of the month, we started with all 21 movies in Ghibli’s canon and added would-be canon film, Nausicaa, to the mix in our tournament to decide the best Ghibli film. It was a tortuous tournament for Ghibli lovers—how can you decide between Spirited Away and Howl’s? Between Grave of the Fireflies and… Read More Ghibli Month Comes to a Close with the Ghibli Tournament Winner!
Before we bring Ghibli Month to a close, I want to thank everyone who joined us for this month-long celebration of all things Ghibli. We had a lot of fun with it—besides the articles here, we posted memes on Facebook, let you enter a Spirited Away contest on Twitter, and reblogged fan art over on… Read More Ghibli Month in Review
One of Miyazaki’s hallmarks is to feature heroines as protagonists. There are a few exceptions, though—namely Porco (Porco Rosso), Jiro (The Wind Rises), and Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke), but even the latter is overshadowed by the pair of women with central roles in Princess Mononoke who are considerably more complex and interesting as characters. Still, Ashitaka… Read More Ashitaka and Porco: Ghibli’s True Believers
Today’s guest post is by Kaitlyn Ugoretz, a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara whose research focuses on the globalization of Shinto through popular and digital media and the growth of online Shinto communities. Since childhood, my life has been suffused with… Read More As the Spirit Moves You: How Studio Ghibli Films Leave Room for A Range of Religious Interpretations
When I was young, I used to go to the library and rent DVD’s to watch at home. I forget why I chose it, but one day I hurried back with my first Studio Ghibli film in my arms: My Neighbor Totoro. As soon as I got home, I settled on the couch and started… Read More The Value of Other Lives in Princess Mononoke