Tag: Motoko Tamamuro

October 15, 2021 · 0 comments

Books: The Deer King

Books: The Deer King

By Motoko Tamamuro. A salt mine controlled by the Empire of Zol is attacked by a pack of dogs. The workers and slaves are all bitten, and within days, everyone falls ill. Van, a former leader of a fearsome militant group and now a slave finds himself being the sole survivor there, bar an infant […]

December 19, 2020 · 0 comments

Books: Inu-Oh

Books: Inu-Oh

By Motoko Tamamuro. All the stories continue: There are sequels and side stories. Why are they born? Stories are told and disappear, read and forgotten. But, if that is all there is, it is ephemeral. That’s why there is a sequel. The Tale of the Heike: Chapter of Inu-Oh is a modern novel by Hideo […]

May 18, 2019 · 0 comments

Books: Totoro for Two

Books: Totoro for Two

By Motoko Tamamuro. For months after the release of Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), Hirokatsu Kihara waits for news of the next production for Studio Ghibli. The studio suddenly gets lively when the announcement comes that the next film will be Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata. However, nobody says anything to […]

February 20, 2019 · 1 comment

Books: Another Balse

Books: Another Balse

By Motoko Tamamuro. Hayao Miyazaki was initially unaware of the phenomenon of the “Balse Festival” that broke out on social media. The Balse was the spell of destruction, cast by the protagonists Pazu and Sheeta in Studio Ghibli’s first official production, Laputa: The Castle in the Sky. Over the years, fans in Japan began tweeting […]

January 14, 2019 · 0 comments

Books: Living Colour

Books: Living Colour

By Motoko Tamamuro. Yasuko Shibaguchi’s book, The Colour Artisan of Animation, is one of the (currently) untranslated gems of anime history, an account of the career of Michiyo Yasuda (1939-2016), described by Hayao Miyazaki as “three times sharper and more particular than me,” and a mainstay of Studio Ghibli. This biography throws light on the […]

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