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We are gearing up for the Japan release of Studio Ghibli’s 「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu, 2013) on July 20, 2013 – and it’s trailer time! It’s only a 35 second teaser so far, but hey! We’ll take it!

The teaser first aired on NTV today (Monday). The chill mandolin music, by the way, is played by Aoyama Tadashi, accompanied by his son Ryo on the alto balalaika. You can listen to more of his playing in this 21 minute compilation on Youtube, which includes some other Ghibli tunes. Some of it is just so beautiful that it might just move you to tears or make you think life is good after all (my favourite is the song that starts around the 9:08 mark).

There’s also a clip of his son playing – not quite as interesting (I find the accompanying piano music a bit distracting):

(Loud shout-out to Anime News Network UK here, which originally posted these music clips.)

A whole lot of new Kaze Tachinu posters have also been released over the past few weeks (I’m playing catch-up here). The first one was available previously, the others were added recently:

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On to characters. Let’s meet them:

Horikoshi Jirō (Anno Hideaki), our sky-high flying hero.

Horikoshi is a historical figure: he was an aeronautical engineer and developed several military aircrafts, most famously the Zero fighter plane, which was used in WWII to attack Pearl Harbor.

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Satomi Naoko (Takimoto Miori), our painting leading lady:kaze 1

Honjō (Nishijima Hidetoshi):
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Horikoshi Kayo (Jita Mirai):
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Kurokawa (Nishimura Masahiko):
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Kurokawa’s Wife (Ōtake Shinobu):
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Caproni (Nomura Mansai):
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Kastrup (Steve Alpert):
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Satomi (Kazama Morio):
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Jirō’s Mother (Takeshita Keiko):
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Hattori (Kunimura Jun):
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Bonus pic, which just is just oozing with what makes Studio Ghibli films so charming (don’t ask me to put it into words!):

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I’m getting super-duper excited here, anyone else? Wahhhhhhh!

Bonus Bits:

  • Official Kaze Tachinu website (in Japanese).
  • In case that wasn’t enough pictures for you, here are a few screen grabs from the official website, which give us some more glimpses into the film:

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