Browsing all articles tagged with Studio Ghibli.
In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in anime and manga by Western cultures. Before, mentioning the terms anime or manga in casual conversation would have been met with confusion, but more and more it’s met with “What do you watch?” or “Which one are you reading right now?” Most anime and […]
In the first part of this series, I took a look at the earlier Ghibli films – Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Laputa – and examined the ways in which they explored the eternal struggle between nature and mankind. In this second part, I’m moving on to films which utilise symbols and motifs typical of the […]
I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli animation. Its films are famous for their meticulous detail, beautifully-paced exposition and subtle handling of difficult themes. But what I’d like to talk about in these two articles is the way Studio Ghibli uses fantasy. Here, fantasy means more than Hollywood monsters or bits of mythology mashed […]
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the family-favourite animated movie, My Neighbour Totoro, Viz Media published the story in novel format, as well as featuring a new edition of the previous picture book. Released in 1988, My Neighbour Totoro was the third movie of Studio Ghibli, producers of other highly successful and beloved titles like […]
As it happens in literature, in videogames a good piece of work isn’t necessarily one that presents new or completely original elements, but one that can take pre-existing tropes, mechanics and systems, and show them in a refreshing way. This is what happens with Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch a game released […]
An Academy Award winning director and animator, Hayao Miyazaki has come to be known as the Walt Disney of Japan. In a country known for its animation, that’s quite a feat, but truthfully, Miyazaki stands alone. There’s no need to compare him to Disney, anymore than there is the age old need to compare an […]