lupin.jpg

Some exciting news for Ghibli fans: Spirited Away director and animation god Hayao Miyazaki is creating another manga. Although it’s by no means a first, it is a relatively rare event, with the legendary artist preferring to concentrate on his celluloid based work. What is most exciting is that it is another series for Japanese hobby magazine Model Graphix, and as such see’s Miyazaki returning to his intricate mechanical designs, as Ghibli World explains:

Following up Zassou Nouto and Mousou Nouto, Ghibli’s acclaimed animation director has made a another graphic story for Japan’s monthly scale model magazine Model Graphix called Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ, The Wind Rises). Like in the past, Miyazaki will be using his expertise on military machines and World War II, this time focusing the story on Zero fighter designer Horikoshi Jiro.

Miyazaki Hayao’s new manga Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ, The Wind Rises) is to feature in Model Graphix’s two upcoming editions which are to be released on February 25th and March 25th. There is good news for the Japanese impaired as well: GhibliWorld.com is planning on possibly releasing personally registered, watermarked and 256-bit AES secured English translations for all those who purchase the magazines and legally agree on not redistributing it.

Interesting. How easy that last bit means it will actually be for westerners to get of hold of a copy I’m not sure, but I suspect not very. Or cheaply.

In other Ghibli related news, the studio has announced a new Lupin III themed website. Many of you are probably familiar with the Lupin III character through the Miyazaki directed movie The Castle of Cagliostro, but some of you may not have heard that both he and Isao Takahata got their first major break working on the original Lupin III TV series. The series has been recently re-released on Blu-ray in Japan and is to get a limited theatrical release this coming March, hence the new site. Pop over there and have a look; it’s all in Japanese of course, but there’s some amazing, classic images to fawn over. Oh, and Lupin fans should stay tuned; coming up in the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a closer look at a couple of more recent Lupin TV specials.