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Studio Ghibli

Daniel Brower, Staff Writer

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    The critically acclaimed Studio Ghibli has once again set out to leave an impression with their movies with their new release Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

Studio Ghibli has been making waves in the anime world for years. They first came onto the scene with their first movie Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, released in 1984 in combination with Topcraft and the Toei Company. This secured them the funds that allowed them to fully found the company.

    Their first box office success came in the form of the 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service, one of the highest grossing films of that year. However, their biggest success was in 2001 with their film Spirited Away which quickly became Japan’s highest grossing film of all time, taking the place of  Titanic and is the only anime to ever win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. These films have also found their way into mainstream America, and are the beloved childhood classics of many.

    The company continued its success, releasing a host of other movies before hitting a dilemma in 2013 when one of the founding directors, Hayao Miyazaki, retired. The company went on hold, halting all of its projects to restructure, after Miyazaki’s retirement. To give an idea of Miyazaki’s importance the company’s name, Ghibli comes from him, referring to an Italian plane known as Ghibli, meaning “Hot Sahara Wind,” a reference to Miyazaki’s love of both Italy and planes.

    The company’s newest movie, Mary, and the Witch’s Flower are already receiving high reviews in Japan. It is based on the book The Little Broomstick, the same book that inspired the Harry Potter novels. Ghibli’s worlds are always filled with wonder and friendship and show the truth in human relationships – come enjoy this latest delve into a magical new world.

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