Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and collaborator Isao Takahata will be releasing two animated films next year. It will be Miyazaki's first anime in five years and Takahata's first in more than a decade.
Miyazaki, who created the wonderful animes that are a dear part of a lot of our childhoods—My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and more—returns with a wartime romance based on the novel Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Has Risen)
. The film's hero is flight engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Zero fighter, Japan's best known WWII fighter aircraft.
Takahata's anime will be based on Taketori Monogatari
, Japan's oldest novel about a bamboo cutter, believed to have been written more than a thousand years ago. It is the story of the moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
These comebacks have been anticipated and anime geeks as well as Studio Ghibli fans are impatient for the releases.
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