No, it’s not a vandal that has been scribbling on the poster encasing for Miyazaki Hayao’s upcoming animation feature「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises), but it’s Suzuki Toshio, the film’s producer, with a message for the fans: Miyazaki’s film will be released on July 20, 2013. This is reported via nausicaa.net, although I haven’t yet seen a confirmation from the Studio directly.
That’s the good news. The bad news, however, is that「かぐや姫の物語」(Kaguya Hime no Monogatari/The Story of Princess Kaguya), Studio Ghibli’s other film-in-the-making that is directed by Takahata Isao, has been delayed.
Both animations were originally announced at the same time and simultaneous premieres had been planned. While the films were progressing at pretty much at the same pace earlier in the year, it seems that more time is needed for the development of the Kaguya Hime no Monotagari storyboards, hence the release of Kaguya Hime has been postponed until the autumn (exact date not specified).
So we will have to wait a bit longer, which is a bit of a bummer, but I personally I would rather the filmmakers and the animation studio take all the time they need than compromise on quality. (Indeed, it’s mind-boggling to me how they can manage to work on two productions at the same time – the tension and stress level in that studio must be super-duper high). I also think that a same-day release would have resulted in a weird sort of competition between the two films that the directors – who are long-time friends and collaborators – might have been able to handle, but us viewers? I mean, how would you decide which bound-to-be-fabulous brand-new Studio Ghibli film to see first?
N.B. Both announcements were already made at the beginning of February, but I did not hear about all this until now (my fault – no thanks to Apple throwing out the RSS feed function on the Mail application on Mountain Lion and me not having yet transferred all my blog feeds to a new reader).
Finally, if you are in the US and near/in New York, you might want to take advantage of the upcoming screenings of Studio Ghibli’s most recent animation feature,「コクリコ坂から」 (Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, dir. by Miyazaki Goro), which will be showing on March 13 and 14 (in dubbed form) at the New York International Children’s Festival.
- Early Ghibli Kurisumasu Present:「風立ちぬ」+「かぐや姫の物語」for Summer 2013 (in case you missed the announcement for Studio Ghibli’s new films)