Studio Ghibli Announces New Miyazaki and Takahata Films For 2013


It’s long been rumored that legendary Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, was working on two new film, one each from its two founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, but today the studio went ahead and made the rumors into official announcements [via SlashFilm].

Not only is Princess Mononoke director Miyazaki set to bring us a new film called The Wind is Rising, which is said to be something of a biopic for the designer of a famous Japanese fighter plane, and not only is Grave of the Fireflies director Takahata set to bring us a new film called The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which is said to be a re-telling of the old folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” but both films are actually set to be released on the same day. This is kind of a throwback to when Miyazaki released My Neighbor Totoro and Takahata released Fireflies on the same day 25 years ago. Which was kind of a big day for animation.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Studio Ghibli has launched official sites for both films, and while they don’t have all that much to offer yet, they do feature posters that have been made up for both movies. Feast your eyes on the first glimpses of what these animation legends have in store for us next. Feast your eyes and weep at the beauty (or, also you can do it without weeping, the weeping is optional).

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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