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Studio Ghibli producer reveals why Jiji no longer speaks at the end of ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’

Studio Ghibli Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Since the release of the beloved Studio Ghibli film “Kiki’s Delivery Service” in 1989, Japanese fans have long wondered why the young witch Kiki can no longer hear her talking cat Jiji by the end of the film.
  • The official Twitter account of Nippon TV’s “Kinyo Roadshow” shared behind-the-scenes information last week that could help solve the mystery for fans.
  • “It appears that Kiki is now able to fly again but Jiji remains silent. Actually, it’s not because Kiki’s magical powers have weakened, but because Kiki has progressed to a new stage that Jiji has returned to being a ‘just a cat,'” the “Kinyo Roadshow” account wrote.
  • Another tweet provided new information from one of the film’s producers: “Regarding this topic, this is what producer Toshio Suzuki has to say: ‘Jiji is not just a pet, he’s another self [for Kiki]. So when she’s conversing with Jiji, she’s really just talking to herself.”

A Studio Ghibli producer shared information about “Kiki’s Delivery Service” that could help Japanese fans solve a decades-long mystery surrounding the beloved film.

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” tells the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch who lives with Jiji, her talking cat, in a seaside town for a year. In the film’s final act, Kiki loses her magic abilities, making her unable to fly or talk to Jiji. She eventually regains her ability to fly, but she can no longer communicate with her cat, as suggested by his “meow” in the final scene of the film’s original Japanese version.

Studio Ghibli theme park announces ticket prices and online reservation procedure

  • The Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan, currently under construction, announced its admission ticket prices and online reservation procedures on Friday. 
  • The Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse museum-like attractions will be the park’s first sections to open.
  • Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will cost 2,000 yen (about $15) for adults and 1,000 yen (about $8) for children during weekdays.
  • During the weekends, Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will be slightly more expensive at a price of 2,500 yen (about $19) for adults and 1,250 yen ( about $10) for children. 
  • Dondoko Forest and Hill of Youth will cost 1,000 yen (about $8) for adults and 500 yen (about $4) for children.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance through Ghibli's online reservation system, and the ticket will only be valid for the selected reservation date.
  • Although the entire theme park will not be ready, the first three areas are set to open on Nov. 1.

The Studio Ghibli theme park, which is currently under construction in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced on Friday ticket prices for its first three sections as well as its online reservation policy. 

Although the theme park is set to open on Nov. 1, only three sections will be open to the public. This includes the museum-like Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse; Dondoko Forest, the location of Mei and Satsuki’s house in “My Neighbor Totoro;” and Hill of Youth, which will feature locations seen in “Whisper of the Heart” and “The Cat Returns.”

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ gets London stage play adaptation produced by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi

My Neighbor Totoro stage play
  • Studio Ghibli and Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature film “My Neighbor Totoro” to the stage starting on October 8.
  • The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks at The Barbican Theatre in London until Jan. 21, 2023.
  • Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi will serve as the stage play’s executive producer and will collaborate with playwright Tom Morton-Smith, stage director Phelim McDermott and set designer Tom Pye, among others.
  • Hisaishi, who has composed several iconic scores for Studio Ghibli films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” shared that Miyazaki only agreed to bring the classic anime to the world of theater if the composer was involved in the project.
  • “I was involved with the original animation film, and so I feel strongly about not harming the film,” the Japanese composer said.
  • Set in Japan in the 1950s, “My Neighbor Totoro” follows the story of two young siblings who move from Tokyo to the countryside. There, they meet several spirits and magical creatures, including the ancient protector of the forest who they call Totoro.

The beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli classic “My Neighbor Totoro” is coming to the stage in London this October with the blessing of its legendary creator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Set to make its debut at The Barbican Theatre in London on October 8, the stage adaptation of “My Neighbor Totoro” is being developed by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in partnership with Studio Ghibli. The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks until Jan. 21, 2023.

Neil Gaiman explains why he was cut out of the English movie poster for ‘Princess Mononoke’

  • Neil Gaiman has spoken out about why he was excluded from the film poster of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke” after writing the script for the English dubbed version.
  • The “Sandman” and “American Gods” author revealed in response to a tweet from a fan that his name "was taken off the poster by Miramax execs who were told by Ghibli that there were too many names on the poster.”
  • Miramax had originally wanted Quentin Tarantino to pen the English script, but the “Kill Bill” director ultimately turned down the position.

Neil Gaiman continues to speak out about why he was excluded from the film poster of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke” after writing the script for the English-dubbed version in 1999.

The “Sandman” and “American Gods” author revealed in response to a tweet from a fan that his name “was taken off the poster by Miramax execs who were told by Ghibli that there were too many names on the poster. So they kept theirs on and took mine off. Which wasn’t quite what Ghibli had intended.”

Live-action ‘Spirited Away’ play shows incredible artistry in Tokyo premiere

Studio Ghibli Spirited Away live action play
  • Tokyo’s Imperial Theater premiered a live-action play of Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away” this week, one year after the project’s announcement in Feb. 2021.
  • The official Twitter page of Astage released promotional photos from the play, showing off the incredible artistry of the designers behind the production.
  • Some of the cast members include Japanese actress Kanna Hashimoto, who plays Chihiro, and Mari Natsuki, who plays Yubaba after having voiced the character in the original animated film.
  • The cast members expressed their excitement for the premiere of the live-action stage adaptation and described working on set as “being in a theme park”.

After a year of waiting since the initial announcement of the project,  fans finally got to see the live-action stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away” this week at its premiere at Tokyo’s Imperial Theater.

In a series of promotional photos released by Astage on their official Twitter page, fans got to see glimpses of the live-action stage adaption, which features surreal set designs and vibrant costumes that reflect those seen in the original 2001 animated film. 

Anonymous visitor to Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum leaves a special gift for Totoro at the ticket booth

totoro ghibli museum
  • A special gift was left behind for the ticket booth “employee” Totoro at Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum.
  • The Ghibli Museum posted to its official Twitter page to share photos of the gift on Wednesday.
  • The visitor, whose identity is unknown, secretly left four little acorns wrapped inside a bundle of leaves, similar to the bundle that the fictional character Totoro gives Mei and Satsuki in the Studio Ghibli animated film “My Neighbor Totoro.”.
  • Japanese Twitter users expressed their delight by flooding the comments section with “Suteki!” meaning “Lovely!” in Japanese.

An anonymous visitor to Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum awarded the ticket booth “employee” Totoro for his hard work with a secret gift of four little acorns wrapped in a bundle of leaves.

When entering the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, visitors are greeted by a giant plush Totoro sitting behind the ticket booth. 

French tattoo model earns Guinness record for world’s largest Studio Ghibli memorabilia collection

Guinness World Record Studio Ghibli collection
  • A woman in Paris, France, has been awarded a Guinness World Record for owning the largest known Studio Ghibli memorabilia collection.
  • Eloïse Jéglot, a makeup artist and tattoo model, was officially recorded as owning 1,304 Studio Ghibli items.
  • Some of these items include Studio Ghibli character figurines, plush toys and CDs.
  • Since receiving the award, Jéglot’s collection has grown and she now owns 1,496 Studio Ghibli items.

Eloïse Jéglot, a makeup artist and tattoo model from Paris, France, was awarded a Guinness World Record for owning the largest known Studio Ghibli memorabilia collection.

Jéglot received the award for owning 1,304 Studio Ghibli items on Oct. 7 of last year; however, the official YouTube channel for Guinness World Records uploaded a video yesterday showing the Ghibli memorabilia that Jéglot owns. 

Highly anticipated Studio Ghibli theme park releases new images, official website

Studio Ghibli
  • Ghibli Park, a theme park showcasing real-life attractions from the beloved films of Hayao Miyazaki and the Studio Ghibli animation studio, has launched its official website, giving fans a preview of what’s to come.
  • The theme park is located at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute, Japan.
  • Three sections of the park — Ghibli's Grand Warehouse, Hill of Youth and Dondoko Forest — will open on Nov. 1, while the Valley of Witches and Mononoke Village are expected to open in 2023.

Ghibli Park, a theme park from animation house Studio Ghibli under construction in Japan, recently launched its official website.

“Welcome to the great warehouse of Studio Ghibli’s secrets and iconic architectures you have seen in the films,” the website’s main page reads. 

Spend your gold nuggets on this $3,000 Susuwatari bag from Studio Ghibli x Loewe’s ‘Spirited Away’ collection

Loewe x Spirited Away
  • On Jan. 7, Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe released their second collection in collaboration with Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli.
  • The “Loewe x Spirited Away” campaign features beloved characters from the 2001 animated film, combined with Loewe’s iconic logo on a variety of pieces.
  • Prices range from $222 for a candle to $6,400 for an elaborately designed sweater.

Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe and Studio Ghibli have collaborated to produce “Loewe x Spirited Away,” a collection pairing the whimsy of the Japanese animation studio with high fashion designs. 

The collection, which was released on Jan. 7, has already proven to be greatly popular, with several designs having already sold out.

Hayao Miyazaki is unretiring (again) to make one last Studio Ghibli film just because ‘he wants to’

Hayao Miyazaki emerges from retirement

Studio Ghibli co-founder, director and animator Hayao Miyazaki is reportedly coming out of retirement again to create one last feature-length film.

What it’s about: Miyazaki, who announced his retirement in 2018 — the latest of several cycles of retiring and returning — talked about the movie in a recent interview with The New York Times. He said it is based on “How Do You Live?”, a 1937 novel by Genzaburo Yoshino.

Oregon has been luring tourists with Studio Ghibli-style animated ads for years

studio ghibli oregon tourism ads

A new video from a long-running tourism ad campaign contains the right blend of whimsy and pastel colors to make it seem like a teaser for an upcoming Studio Ghibli film.

Oregon’s mesmerizing animated tourism ad campaign, which wants viewers to imagine the state’s best attractions as “Only Slightly Exaggerated,” has been wearing its unmistakable Hayao Miyazaki inspiration since 2018.