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This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, as many people believe, but Laputa: Castle in the Sky, though it had been the success of Nausicaä which allowed its creative team to start an animation studio of their own. In those 30 years, Studio Ghibli managed an unbelievably high general level of quality, with almost each single movie an artistic triumph, even though it would take some time for commercial success to arrive at its gates. Two of its founding fathers are among the best directors alive today, worldwide, in animated films or otherwise: Miyazaki Hayao...
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One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.
For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.
As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »
2 items from 2015
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