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  INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF STUDIO GHIBLI. Bringing the latest news and articles straight from Japan, aims to promote and encourage interest in and discussion about the works of Studio Ghibli (official Japanese Studio Ghibli website).

Next to all kinds of news scoops and interviews at the News & Updates section, be sure to wander around the official GhibliWorld Collection. It will not only gain more insight into the movies of Studio Ghibli, but lets you further discover Japan's typical limited Studio Ghibli merchandise as well.

FOR THOSE LESS FAMILIAR. Studio Ghibli, widely considered as Japan's premiere animation studio, was founded in 1985 by two of animation's greatest creators: Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Its name comes from the word the Italians used for their Saharan scouting planes in World War II, which derived from the Libyan "sirocco", a hot wind blowing through the Sahara Desert. Studio Ghibli was to blow a new wind into the Japanese animation industry and indeed it has!

Under the brilliant supervision of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Suzuki Toshio, Studio Ghibli has made numerous animation masterpieces. The well known Princess Mononoke, Academy Award Winner Spirited Away, these are just two of the many examples of the high quality of animation the studio has created. Praised for their originality, dazzling animation and epic storytelling their films consistently keep beating all kinds of movies in box office revenues in Japan and have globally received numerous awards. Needless to say, Studio Ghibli has not only been respected and loved by all Japanese, animation fans and film lovers, but is loved by people from all over the world.

FURTHERMORE. is a collaboration of various reporters from around the world. If you happen to run into Studio Ghibli news you think is of any value, feel free to let us know about it, it is always appreciated. That is all for now. There is only one thing left to say: Enjoy your visit at!

Peter van der Lugt
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