Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Studio Ghibli To Release 2 Animated Feature This Year: Kaze Tachinu & Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

Last March 2013, North America had the chance to watch the dubbed version of Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill, directed by the co-founder's son, Gorō Miyazaki. A few thought it was the last of the studio, not knowing there are actually 2 animated features that are currently in production.

The said animated features are The Wind is Rising (風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu), which will premiere in Japan on July 20, 2013, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari), which was supposed to be released simultaneously with the former, but was delayed on Fall 2013 since the story board is not yet completed.

Watch the trailer of From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から Kokuriko-zaka Kara), which was released in North America on March 15, 2013.

Here are the details of the 2 upcoming animated feature from Studio Ghibli that will be released in Japan this year:

The Wind is Rising (風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu)

The Wind is Rising Poster

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Release Date: July 20, 2013
Website: http://www.kazetachinu.jp/

The Wind is Rising Cast

Here is the full trailer of The Wind is Rising (The Wind Rises) (風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu) movie.

The Wind is Rising is a movie adaptation of the manga of the same name, which is in turn based on a short story by a a writer, poet and translator from mid-20th century (Showa period) Japan known as Tatsuo Hori. The story is the fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft which served in World War II.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari)

The Tale of Princess Kaguya Poster

Director: Isao Takahata
Cast: TBA
Release Date: Fall 2013
Website: http://www.kaguyahime-monogatari.jp/

The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on a Japanese folktale The Tale of a Bamboo Cutter, which chronicles the life life of Kaguya-hime, a mysterious girl who was found by a bamboo cutter as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. Kaguya-hime is said to be from Tsuki-no-Miyako (月の都 "The Capital of the Moon").

For everyone who is excited for it, watch the new teaser trailer of The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) movie.


An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya ants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her.