By Eija Niskanen
Mention Studio Ghibli, and everybody starts raving about Hayao Miyazaki. But Ghibli was established by two talented animation professionals with a long, and often shared career already behind them. And now, with Takahata’s last film, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, nominated for an Academy Award there is a chance for him to get the recognition he deserves. But will he – the obvious choice for me – return to Tokyo with the statue in hand? The Locarno Film Festival had no trouble dishing out a Lifetime Achievement for him in 2009 (pictured), but will the Oscar crowd be quite so accommodating?
Both Miyazaki and Takahata share influences from French, Russian and Canadian animation and a belief in old-school leftist politics. Takahata entered the Toei animation studioas as a trainee in the early 1960s, to be joined by Miyazaki soon after. Their career paths, if they had stayed at Toei beyond the early 1970s, would have evolved into Takahata becoming one of Toei’s animation directors, and Miyazaki as a lead animator. Takahata has always started with the story, while Miyazaki usually starts with a scene or a visual image. Takahata directed his first animation feature, Little Norse Prince, for Toei in 1968. The film features both themes and characters typical for the later Ghibli oeuvre – a youngster managing a balancing act against greater powers. After leaving Toei, they made the landmark children’s series Heidi (which birthed the World Masterpiece Theatre franchise) and the cinema hit Panda Go Panda.
It's Tuesday and that means it's time for our latest newswire!
~ First of all we know you've been patiently waiting to see what it will look like and this past Friday on our social media channels we revealed how the Blu-ray version of Kill la Kill Box 2 will look. Check it out below.
You'll start to see this image appearing on retailer sites this week. As a note the only difference between the Blu-ray and DVD versions is the disc colouring. The DVD discs haave a red background and black text. You can pre-order your copy today from Amazon UK HERE.
~ We're hoping to be able to show you all what our other March releases will look like soon.
[UPDATE: English dubbed preview now added.]
You will recall we recently announced that UK fans can purchase the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval Blu-ray Collector's Edition [Export Version] through our website (see HERE for complete ordering details) and today we're excited to share with you a preview of Blue-Eyed Casval. You can watch the first seven minutes of this in Japanese with English subtitles below.
You can watch the official English language trailer for this below.
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Netflix UK is a fantastic portal to watch not only television shows and movies, but also anime. If you've never used the service before one of the great things about Netflix is that new subscribers get the first month for free! So why not give it a try today.
We wanted to take a moment to highlight what titles of ours are available to watch on Netflix UK. Read on below for details.
You can watch both seasons of one of our favourite shows of 2014 with not only the great English language dub, but also the original Japanese audio with subtitles.
The complete series (27 episodes) is available to watch on Netflix UK. You can watch it in both English and in Japanese with subtitles
The complete series of this highly entertaining series is on Netflix UK. (Though please note only the 10 episodes of the main series itself are available on here. The bonus OVA episode is exclusive to our DVD and Blu-ray release.) Can be viewed with English or the original Japanese audio with subtitles.
Kill la Kill
The complete series (excluding the bonus OVA episode, which will be exclusive to our release of Box 3 in May 2015) is available to watch in Japanese with subtitles.
Thus far we have released Box 1 (episodes 1-9) on DVD and Blu-ray with Box 2 (episodes 10-19) coming in March. CLICK HERE for details on both of those.
Ahead of our release of the series later this year (more details on that soon,) you can watch the complete series of Samurai Flamenco in Japanese with subtitles right now.
We're going to be releasing it in the UK in the future, but in the mean time you can watch the inaugural season of Tokyo Ghoul on Netflix in Japanese with subtitles.
From the acclaimed director of Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy comes Terror In Resonance. It's another show we'll be releasing in the future but you can watch the series right now in Japanese with subtitles.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on more of our titles being available on Netflix as and when it happens.