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Only Yesterday and Tale of Princess Kaguya Re-Release Details are in its Steelbook Design

3 Feb
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio GhibliCollectors of Studio Ghibli films will be glad to know the next steelbook releases are coming soon. Only Yesterday and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Amazon USA pre-order links) will arrive on shelves April 19, 2022! They are being released in joint co-operation by license holder GKIDS and distributer Shout! Factory.

These limited edition SteelBook releases include Blu-ray and DVD edtions. The boxes feature new art, and to complement the film, each piece includes hours of bonus features and a booklet with a statements from the filmmakers. Most of this material is from prior releases, and owners of the former releases need not upgrade. This new packaging is meant for newcomers to attain, or for those enthusiasts who are building a wall of Ghibli steelbooks to proudly display.

Only Yesterday and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya now join Earwig and the Witch, The Wind Rises, Secret World of Arrietty, Porco Rosso, From Up On Poppy Hill, The Cat Returns, Whisper of the Heart, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

From the Press Release:

Only Yesterday

“Gorgeous! A rare and powerful film” – Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly

Having lived her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface, and after meeting young farmer Toshio, she wonders if she’s been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata and Producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by Studio Ghibli, one of the world’s most revered animation studios.

Bonus Features:

●      The Making of Only Yesterday
●      Behind-The-Scenes with Voice Cast
●      Interview with English Dub Team
●      Feature-Length Storyboards
●      Trailers & TV Spots
Only Yesterday' and 'Princess Kaguya' Get Blu-ray Steelbook Upgrades -  TheHDRoom

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

“A Staggering Masterpiece” – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary filmmaking career for Academy Award®-nominated* director Isao Takahata.

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately, she must confront her fate and embark on a transformative journey.

Bonus Features:

●      Feature- Length Documentary Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya
●      Announcement of the Completion of The Film
●      Trailers & TV Spots

Future Boy Conan is Swingin on Home Video!

19 Nov

Amazon.com: Future Boy Conan: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] : Hayao  Miyazaki: Movies & TVBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to purchase on Amazon USA

Not everyone will recall Hayao Miyazaki worked on various animated television shows before transitioning to making feature-length films. He provided key animation to films like Puss in Boots and Animal Treasure Island. Those haven’t received a Blu-ray upgrade yet, but with the release of Future Boy Conan, it’s safe to assume they will one day come. In the meantime, this product is a must to give to any collector of this filmmaker’s works. Christmas is coming.

GKIDS & Shout! Factory’s release of this whimsical post-apocalyptic style adventure can see how this first-time director whetted his feet as an up-and-coming director. Although he changed a lot of the story–it was supposed to be an adaptation of The Incredible Tide by Alexander Key–the problems that later arose meant that for a time, no North American release was possible despite having having an English dub stuck in storage for decades (it was redone for this release).

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Porco Rosso & From Up on Poppy Hill Coming to SteelBook!

16 Jul

Studio Ghibli Announces First Fully CGI Film | Game RantRelease Date:
September 21, 2021 

Anyone who have been collecting the SteelBook™ releases of GKIDS’ Studio Ghibli collection will be happy to know two new titles have been added! These companies and Shout! Factory (the distributor) are working together to release Porco Rosso and From Up On Poppy Hill next. This limited edition series offers a sharp looking way to proudly show off a fan’s love for this animation house’s works!

These two films are now part of the library of works which also includes Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Cat Returns, Whisper of the Heart, The Secret World of Arrietty, The Wind Rises, and Earwig & the Witch.

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Walking on Air with Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight

9 May
TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight launches this spring, limited-time demo now  available - Gematsu

By Shawn Trommeshauser

Disclaimer: Review copy was supplied
Played for over 8 hours
Located 201/244 sources of Earth


Developer: Playism
Available on Steam for the PC.

Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight is a fairly simple platforming game which is visually gorgeous. You play as Yukumo, a young adventurer who journeys around the world in her airship. Unfortunately it takes some damage and crashes in a region covered in an oppressive fog. She soon meets a Nezu, a little fox-like being (named Kogara) who tells her that all the people have fled. He becomes Yukumo’s guide for the journey ahead, giving the exposition she needs to find her next challenge.

Yukumo’s tasks are to find enough ‘Sources of Earth’ to repair her airship, and to restore the sacred trees that protect the local towns. It also keeps the fog at bay.

There are three types of gameplay: Exploring, airship flight, and restoring the Tree Sanctuaries.

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So What’s With the Music in Earwig and the Witch?

18 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout! Factory
Now Available on Streaming (HBOMax)

DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date:
April 6, 2021

Spoiler Alert

Long time fans of Studio Ghibli’s works will find their decision to transition to CGI jarring. The production quality and advanced character design–the motion of the figures–is just not there. They don’t have the decades of experience other teams (like DreamWorks or PIXAR) have. It’s all new to them. Despite this setback, debuting Earwig and the Witch (アーヤと魔女) on television and the CGI quality doesn’t overshadow the tale by much.

Goro Miyazaki explains his reasoning behind the production design in one featurette offered in this home video release (it comes with a handy checklist of other Ghibli films for completionists to explore). Viewers can decide if his choice is for the better or worse. By mid-act I got accustomed to it and became more invested in the hilarious antics Erica Wigg (Kokoro Hirasawa) goes through with the help of her new pet to become a woman of the house.

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