Studio Ghibli is famous all over the world for being the most prominent studio for Anime films. Their award-winning movies have set and raised the bar, with each cinematic entry, making them the most esteemed producers of Anime content. 2020 is looking to be a great year for Anime already, given the latest news of 2 new Studio Ghibli movies.
What Makes Studio Ghibli So Renowned
When it comes to Anime, one does not need to look any further than Studio Ghibli. For our Anime Guide, I mentioned that any movie from Studio Ghibli can be for newcomers. Not to mention be considered required viewing for anyone wanting to dive into the Anime medium. Unlike most long-running Anime series that have been around for years, Studio Ghibli films standalone and are works of art in their own right.
The Anime producer has films that have majorly crossed over from Japan and have won Oscars as well. With commercial and critical success in films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Ghibli movies are the best that the Anime medium has to offer.
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An Absence Of Recent Movies
Over the last few years, there have been a noticeable absence in Studio Ghibli movies. One of their last Studio Ghibli movies released in 2014 with When Marnie Was There. However, the most notable Studio Ghibli releases are ones written and/or directed by creator and founder Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli’s storytelling approach, animation style and perspective with which their movies are made, have mostly been conceptualized and standardized by Miyazaki.
Miyazaki’s last film was in 2013 with The Wind Rises. The movie was supposedly his last film that began his retirement, which was a huge blow to Anime enthusiasts. However, since then, Miyazaki has announced a return to Anime. One of these new movies will be his first movie since post-retirement.
Entire Ghibli Library Will Be Streaming For The First Time
Recently, the studio announced that its library of content will finally be available for streaming. Over the years, the movies were only available on home video, due to the perspective of its founder. Miyazaki has always maintained that their movies are a cinematic experience that must be for the big screen. They even want home-viewing based on their own high video standards.
However, recently, the brand new streaming service HBO Max, acquired the license for all Studio Ghibli’s library for their streaming service launching later on in 2020. I wondered at that point whether Miyazaki was part of that decision or not, given his apprehension towards streaming.
New Studio Ghibli Movies Is Great News For Anime Fans
But those fears can be completely alleviated now given the news, as per i-D, about the 2 new Studio Ghibli movies in 2020. the report also confirms that one will be Miyazaki’s directorial return. This is great for Anime fans, and for the medium itself given Miyazaki’s huge contributions to the industry.
Studio Ghibli films, especially Miyazaki’s creations, are the epitome of the Anime medium, and transcend most of the other work in the same space. Miyazaki’s new film is How Do You Live and will be a coming of an age fantasy film. We know little else about the movie, including even a proper release date.
Are you excited for a new Studio Ghibli movie? Let us know in the comments below.
Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.