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.