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Martin Hsu’s Miyazaki Tribute Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow (1/21)

Limited to 300 pieces, Martin Hsu’s Miya-San resin figure will be up for pre-order starting tomorrow and ending 1/31/14. The newly retired Miyazaki directed the majority of Studio Ghibli’s films such as My Neighbor Totoro and Castle in the Sky. Pre-orders start a 2PM here.

THE SIMPSONS DID A MIYAZAKI TRIBUTE

Hayao Miyazaki, he Japanese master of animation celebrated his 73rd birthday on January 5th and The Simpsons paid tribute. There’s references to My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and more.

[Via Giant Robot]

First Look at Miyazaki’s New Manga

The 72-year-old legend, Hayao Miyazaki, has said to retire after his latest film, The Wind Rises, releases. Well, The Wind Rises was released in June of Japan and will release early next year in the United States, but it seems like Miyazaki is enjoying his “retirement,” by working on something new: a manga based off of samurai in the Warring States era of Japan. No word on this manga releasing soon, but it’s a promising bit of info for those wanting more from Miyazaki, post-directing!

Hayao Miyazaki by C3mnt
Here’s an amazing illustration of Japanese animation genius, Hayao Miyazaki, created by Vietnamese artist, C3mnt. Check out the entire process at this Behance link, as well as closeups of aspects you might’ve missed in the actual picture. There’s one film from Miyazaki's filmography in each part of the sketch.

Hayao Miyazaki by C3mnt

Here’s an amazing illustration of Japanese animation genius, Hayao Miyazaki, created by Vietnamese artist, C3mnt. Check out the entire process at this Behance link, as well as closeups of aspects you might’ve missed in the actual picture. There’s one film from Miyazaki's filmography in each part of the sketch.

Don’t Trust No-Face
Check out this awesome Limbo and Spirited Away cross over. The bittersweet world of Limbo fits nicely within the Miyazaki canon.
Artist Paul Connor has a talent for combining the world of Limbo with other pop culture icons. This artist is at the top of his digital art game. Great stuff here.
Check It: More Gaming on AlbotasBuy It: The Art of Spirited Away

Don’t Trust No-Face

Check out this awesome Limbo and Spirited Away cross over. The bittersweet world of Limbo fits nicely within the Miyazaki canon.

Artist Paul Connor has a talent for combining the world of Limbo with other pop culture icons. This artist is at the top of his digital art game. Great stuff here.

Check It: More Gaming on Albotas
Buy It: The Art of Spirited Away
U.S Release Trailer for New Studio Ghibli Film
Studio Ghibli is undoubtedly one of the best anime studios of all time. Ghibli has put out some of the best animated films at a consistent rate. They are back with their follow up to last year’s well received Secret World of Arrietty.  From Up On Poppy Hill is the story of a girl dealing with the loss of her father while the 1964 Tokyo Olympics’ construction crew threatens their school house. Directed by Goro Miyazaki (Tales From Earthsea) and written by Hayao Miyazaki.

Check It: More Film on AlbotasBuy It: The Secret World of Arrietty on Blu-ray

U.S Release Trailer for New Studio Ghibli Film

Studio Ghibli is undoubtedly one of the best anime studios of all time. Ghibli has put out some of the best animated films at a consistent rate. They are back with their follow up to last year’s well received Secret World of Arrietty.  From Up On Poppy Hill is the story of a girl dealing with the loss of her father while the 1964 Tokyo Olympics’ construction crew threatens their school house.

Directed by Goro Miyazaki (Tales From Earthsea) and written by Hayao Miyazaki.

Check It: More Film on Albotas
Buy It: The Secret World of Arrietty on Blu-ray

Localized Ni no Kuni Delayed to 2013

Bad news, Ghibli fans. The English-language version of Level-5’s and Studio Ghibli’s Ni no Kuni has been delayed until sometime next year. You can’t complain too much though. The fact that this game is even getting a localization is a miracle. And as a consolation, you get an awesome trailer.

A Little Bit on the Ocarina Side: Sometimes at night, if you listen real hard, you can hear Totoro playing his ocarina from atop a tree. Here’s an extended range ocarina with a Totoro logo and even a tiny sculpt of the fluffy troll thing himself. One is on eBay right now for $215.

A Little Bit on the Ocarina Side: Sometimes at night, if you listen real hard, you can hear Totoro playing his ocarina from atop a tree. Here’s an extended range ocarina with a Totoro logo and even a tiny sculpt of the fluffy troll thing himself. One is on eBay right now for $215.

Studio Ghibli Blu-Rays Are Classy

Ah, silhouettes on a solid background. I’m still not sick of this style and it works really well with these Studio Ghibli Blu-Rays, which will be available on Wednesday. Now the bad news: They’re only available in Japan and Hong Kong, plus they’re ringing in at about $85 each. Wow.

Ni no Kuni Set for 2012 Release IN THE US!
I am so happy right now. You don’t even know. According to Gamespot, Ni no Kuni - the Level-5 / Studio Ghibli RPG - is going to be released in North America in early 2012. This only applies to the PS3 version of the game so far. There has been no word on whether the DS version of the game will also be localized. I supposed it could depend on how well the PS3 version does over here.
Note: Hey Europeans, don’t be sad. The PS3 is region free. If the game doesn’t come out over there, you can just import it from the US.
[Gamespot via Kotaku]

Ni no Kuni Set for 2012 Release IN THE US!

I am so happy right now. You don’t even know. According to Gamespot, Ni no Kuni - the Level-5 / Studio Ghibli RPG - is going to be released in North America in early 2012. This only applies to the PS3 version of the game so far. There has been no word on whether the DS version of the game will also be localized. I supposed it could depend on how well the PS3 version does over here.

Note: Hey Europeans, don’t be sad. The PS3 is region free. If the game doesn’t come out over there, you can just import it from the US.

[Gamespot via Kotaku]

Ni no Kuni for PS3 Gets Dated
The DS version of Studio Ghibli / Level-5’s cel-shaded RPG came out a while ago. Since then there hasn’t been much talk of the promised PS3 version. According to Andriasang.com, this week’s issue of Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, have revealed that the game will be released on November 17.
It’s awesome news that the PS3 version is finally coming out. But there’s still been no word on whether the game will get an English translation.

Ni no Kuni for PS3 Gets Dated

The DS version of Studio Ghibli / Level-5’s cel-shaded RPG came out a while ago. Since then there hasn’t been much talk of the promised PS3 version. According to Andriasang.com, this week’s issue of Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, have revealed that the game will be released on November 17.

It’s awesome news that the PS3 version is finally coming out. But there’s still been no word on whether the game will get an English translation.

Found this dope ass Ponyo pendant today on Etsy. If I were a girl, I’d rock the fuck out of this.

Found this dope ass Ponyo pendant today on Etsy. If I were a girl, I’d rock the fuck out of this.

E3 2011: Loose Ends

E3 2011 has come and gone, but I’ve still got some questions burning in my mind. A few games I was expecting to see revealed never showed up. And Nintendo’s Wii U reveal was super vague. The usual satisfied feeling we get once E3 is over for the year has been replaced with the feeling of a joke without a punchline. Hit the jump to see what’s got me scratching my head.

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Totoro Will Keep You Warm
But he’ll take all your money. This large fluffy blanket available at J-List is awesome. But is it $120 awesome? If any blanket in the world is worth that much, it’s this one.

Totoro Will Keep You Warm

But he’ll take all your money. This large fluffy blanket available at J-List is awesome. But is it $120 awesome? If any blanket in the world is worth that much, it’s this one.

Don’t Watch Totoro While on LSD
He kind of reminds me of The Mothman if The Mothman put on some girth.

Don’t Watch Totoro While on LSD

He kind of reminds me of The Mothman if The Mothman put on some girth.

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