Studio Ghibli’s next movie delayed

TOKYO —

“Kaguya Hime no Monogatari"the forthcoming title from Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli, has been delayed until autumn this year.

The title, along with fellow Ghibli production “Kaze Tachinu,” was announced at the beginning of December last year, with both features scheduled for a simultaneous release in summer 2013. Although “Kaze Tachinu” is reportedly on schedule, Japanese distributor Toho announced earlier this week that “Kaguya Hime no Monogatari,” or “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” would be pushed back until autumn, citing Studio Ghibli’s desire to ensure that the title become as polished a production as possible.

Both titles are believed to be proceeding well, but “Kaguya Hime” – based on the Japanese folk story “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” – is said to require additional plotwork and will need a little more time than was originally anticipated. Having two movies set for a simultaneous release – a move that the company has not made since the 1980s with “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Grave of the Fireflies” – is no mean feat, however, so we can’t find it in our hearts to chide the studio, least not when it has produced so many heart-rending and visually stunning titles to date

Western release dates for the two films have not yet been given, but we’ll be sure you keep you up to date as news comes in.

It’s sad to lose a Ghibli title from our summer watch list, but with “Kaze Tachinu” still on the horizon, we’re sure we’ll survive.

Source: IT Media

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  • 6

    papigiulio

    This is what love about Ghibli, fail to miss a deadline to ensure quality. Wish more movie companies would be like that.

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    CrisGerSan

    Thank you for the coverage but let me remind the editorial staff here, Studio G is a tiny part of a HUGE Anime universe and there is much better work going on by many many very talented directors, writers, manga authors, film and art directors and the entire art form has evolved light years past what Ghibli does which is pretty and at times lovely and sweet but barely qualifies as anime at all really it is so heavily laced and influenced by Disney and sad and shallow Western imagery and values. Please give the real world of Anime more coverage thanks.

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    Ewan Huzarmy

    *what Ghibli does which is pretty and at times lovely and sweet but barely qualifies as anime at all really it is so heavily laced and influenced by Disney and sad and shallow Western imagery and values. Please give the real world of Anime more coverage thanks

    So what do you want, more tentacle porn ?

  • 1

    ka_chan

    I just think Studio Ghibli doesn't want the two films to compete head to head even if the directors wouldn't mind.

  • 3

    Mirai Hayashi

    As much as I love Ghibili films...its not going to have that Ghibili magic unless Hayao Miyazaki is directing it.

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    lostrune2

    Ghibli doesn't make anime - Ghibli makes films that happens to be animation. Miyazaki portrays universal values that resonate with people all over the globe.

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    Thunderbird2

    Thank you for the coverage but let me remind the editorial staff here, Studio G is a tiny part of a HUGE Anime universe and there is much better work going on by many many very talented directors, writers, manga authors, film and art directors and the entire art form has evolved light years past what Ghibli does which is pretty and at times lovely and sweet but barely qualifies as anime at all really it is so heavily laced and influenced by Disney and sad and shallow Western imagery and values. Please give the real world of Anime more coverage thanks.

    I don't think you get the point about Ghibli. What they produce has universal, cross-cultural appeal. Their films are light years beyond what Disney produce in terms of both story and, yes, heart. No singing birds, wise-cracking rodents or the like. They have texture, depth and as lostrune said, they just happen to be anime.

    Ghibli aren't Gainax or Sunrise: they don't need hyper-active mecha leaping about and blatting nasties left right and centre. They don't rely on spectacle to tell a story... look at Totoro, I defy anyone not to enjoy that. Not all anime needs big-eyed girls with impossible breasts and massive hair, or mecha victory-posing while hefting positronic blasters, or schoolgirls being raped by phallic tentacles.

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