Studio Ghibli anime legend Isao Takahata dies at 82

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Isao Takahata (L) and Yoshiaki Nishimura attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Week Celebrates Animated Features at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on February 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Isao Takahata, the legendary anime director that co-founded Studio Ghibli alongside Hayao Miyazaki, has died. He was 82. Yahoo Japan reports that he had been suffering from a heart condition and was hospitalized last summer; Studio Ghibli has since confirmed the news of his death.

Although not as internationally well-known as Miyazaki, Takahata directed some of Studio Ghibli’s most beautiful and original films, from the moving Only Yesterday to the heart-wrenching war drama Grave of the Fireflies. He also served as producer on early Miyazaki works Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Castle in the Sky, and his last directorial credit was for the elegaic, visually stunning Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Takahata never drew himself, which…

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Ni No Kuni II is the Studio Ghibli game I’ve always wanted

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The worlds of Studio Ghibli movies are places that I’ve always wanted to visit. In fact, many of them seem like the perfect setting for a role-playing game. I can imagine stopping in the quaint town of Kiki’s Delivery Service for a restorative break in between battles or seeking out important magical items in the Spirited Away bathhouse. Even the cast of Howl’s Moving Castle feels ripped out of a Japanese RPG, with a cursed old woman, a shape-shifting wizard, and a sentient turnip all teaming up for a long, arduous quest.

This is part of the reason that 2013’s Ni No Kuni was so exciting. It was the first time Ghibli had ever worked on a game, partnering with Level-5, the studio behind acclaimed RPGs like Dark Cloud and Dragon Quest IX….

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Just a few years ago, Studio Ghibli's future was in the air after co-founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (supposedly) retired. The place is about to be jumping again, however, as the studio announced that it has re-opened to start productio…
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Studio Ghibli is building a theme park based on My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic about two young girls and the friendly spirit-monsters near their new home, is getting turned into a theme park. Chunichu Web reported yesterday (in a piece translated by Anime News Network) that Studio Ghibli plans to let fans explore Totoro’s world in a park set to open in Japan in 2020.

The attraction will be built in Echo Park, located in Nagoya, Japan’s Aichi prefecture. According to Variety, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi governor Hideaki Omura made the public statement about plans for the park. Those plans are reportedly an expansion of a previous collaboration that brought a recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house to the park in 2005 for the World’s Fair.

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