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The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

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Despite having been boringly safely back in the UK for over a month now, I’m still only just managing to mentally process everything we saw and experienced in Tokyo. A major highlight for us, in fact one of the main reasons for going in the first place, was our trip to the Studio Ghibli Museum in the suburb of Mitaka.

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The Ghibli film that never was

Now I have to admit to a complete lack of any knowledge or experience of the Little Nemo children’s stories…apparently popular in the US, as far as I’m aware they never made any real impact on this side of the Atlantic. But I’m suddenly a little interested now, after finding out that Studio Ghibli nearly made a feature film based on the characters in the 1980s, to have been directed by the late Yoshifumi Kondo. The project never surfaced – at least not from Ghibli – but now some footage has been uncovered and dumped onto YouTube. Get ready for a little slice of classic, if low-res, Miyazaki-esque flying sequence action.

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Tekkon Kinkreet (2007): Review

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I finally got to sit down and watch Michael Aris’ ‘Tekkon Kinkreet’ on Blu-Ray this weekend. Coming to the movie completely cold – not having read Taiyō Matsumoto’s original manga, and knowing little about the production’s genesis, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I sat down to start writing this review and did a little bit of background research online that I discovered the fanboy shit-storm surrounding the film’s release.

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