Director Goro Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli to start a new TV anime series this autumn

The animation film director Goro Miyazaki, the son of the true animation master Hayao Miyazaki, will start a new TV animation series on NHK BS Premium in autumn 2014.

The title of the series is Sanzoku no Musume Ronia and is based on the children's book, "Ronia the Robber's Daughter", written by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Regarding Goro Miyazaki, you probably recall Studio Ghibli's feature animation films Gedo Senki (English title: Tales from Earthsea) and Kokuriko-zaka Kara (English title: From Up on Poppy Hill), which he has directed. However, you may not know that his career originally started without a relation to Studio Ghibli. He worked as a construction consultant/environmental designer, and was engaged in projects like designing parks, green spaces, and landscapes. One day, he was asked to participate in the construction plan of Ghibli Museum, but before the project started, he left his previous company and started his career in Studio Ghibli.

Toshio Suzuki, who is an animation film producer with Studio Ghibli as well as a long-term friend and colleague of Hayao Miyazaki, is often cited as the person who originally asked Goro Miyazaki to join Studio Ghibli.

Now, he has this to say about Sanzoku no Musume Ronia as seen on the series's official website:

"Ronia the Robber's Daughter is a project that Studio Ghibli has also thought about many times. I am interested in what Goro Miyazaki can now accomplish away from his father because I am the one who encouraged him to do that."

Probably many of us agree with the above and are excited about how it will turn out.



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The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday (US time), and we were happy to hear that 2 Japanese animation movies were nominated!

First, of course, from Studio Ghibli…

- The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli for Animated Feature Film

Editor - July 29, 2014

Cold soba noodle is one of the most refreshing dishes to eat during the hot summer in Japan. But it's so good that it may be served too often in the same way and family members will eventually get really bored with it.

So, a famous blogger Miyachan invented a cold soba noodle dish that is cute and attractive to look at. It's a "TOTORO" Tororo Soba - Studio Ghibli's TOTORO-shaped buckwheat soba noodle with tororo (grated gooey Nagaimo yam)!

Original recipe makes 1 serving:

The release date of the Studio Ghibli's next featured film, Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There) is approaching! It's going to be released on July 19.

More details about Omoide no Marnie, please check out previous coverage:

Ghibli new movie to be out next summer - Joan G. Robinson's "When Marnie Was There"


Studio Ghibli's new featured animated film - Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)  - was finally released in 461 movie theaters all over Japan on July 19.

It is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (director of The Secret World of Arrietty), and 2 young Japanese actresses did the main character voices: Sara Takatsuki as Anna (She looks exactly like Anna!), and Kasumi Arimura as Marnie.

Toshio Suzuki, film producer of Studio Ghibli as well as a great friend of master Hayao Miyazaki appeared on Jyonetsu Tairiku (a weekly Japanese TV program that covers public figures) on August 3, and talked about the future of Studio Ghibli.

In a scene from their shareholder meeting, Producer Suzuki said "We will make a big change on the full spectrum of Studio Ghibli and we are planning to break down our production department."

On June 9, one of the world's largest animated film festivals, The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF) started in Annecy, France. And we had great news from there today.

Studio Ghibli's 78-year old Director Isao Takahata received an honorary award to celebrate his career and contribution to animation at the festival. The audience welcomed him to the stage with loud applause.

He is the first Japanese person to receive this award.