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Images courtesy of the brilliant Ghibli Blog.

You may remember that earlier in the year I reported that animation god Hayao Miyazaki was drawing an aviation based manga Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) for Japanese magazine Model Graphix. Well, it seems he’s been enjoying returning to his mangaka roots, and is now considering penning a sequel to his classic film Porco Rosso for the magazine. He prototyped the movie in manga form for the mag back in 1990 in the form of Hikōtei Jidai, the French translation of which being the source of these fantastic images. Anime News Network has the lowdown:

The potential sequel will have the title character piloting a Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 bomber from Italy, although the magazine says that Miyazaki will first see the Campini-Caproni experimental aircraft at Italy’s Museo storico dell’Aeronautica Militare di Vigna di Valle at an unknown future date. Model Graphix mag ran Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso prototype manga in 1990.

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This is hugely exciting news – Porco Rosso is one of my favourite Ghibli films, with its inclusion in my 10 anime films to see before you die list causing some controversy when I picked it over Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. I do of course love both those films, but Porco Rosso will always seem special to me, it combining perfectly two of Miyazaki’s great loves: politics and aeronautical design. Let’s hope this project happens, and stay tuned as I’ll be keeping an eye on any news as it develops.