February 23, 2014 by dracs
When it comes to anime films, Studio Ghibli is the undeniable king. Now it looks like they are exploring uncharted territory as, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Japan’s famed animation studio is set to produce its very first TV series!
Based upon the Swedish book Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, portraying the adventures of the titular character Ronja. The daughter of a bandit chief, the series will follow her as she explores the mysterious forest in which they live in what director Goro Miyazaki describes as
“a story not just about a girl growing up, but also about the development and love of the parent-child relationship, and a story about the ties between friends,”
Studio Ghibli is often considered as an Asian equivalent to Disney. Their films are popular both in Asia and the west, with much western animation being openly influenced by the studio’s work (in Toy Story 3, for example, you can clearly see one of the toys is a plushy of Ghibli’s famous Totoro character).
Their most famous is, perhaps, Spirited Away, directed by Ronja director Goro Miyazaki’s father and studio founder Hiyao Miyazaki.
The studio utilizes imaginative visuals and very impressive animation to convey their stories, which are often based around classic stories, fairy tales and novels. While their more children friendly films are no doubt their most famous, Ghibli does not shy away from dark and disturbing topics (if you want your soul scoured check out Grave of the Fireflies).
It is going to be interesting to see how Ghibli fairs in the smaller scale of a serialised TV series. If you haven’t guessed by this stage, I am a massive fan of Ghibli so the prospect of a television series produced by them has me very excited. I’m definitely on the Cat Bus for this one.
Are any of you Ghibli fans looking forward to this? If you haven’t seen Ghibli before do you think you’d be tempted to give it a try?