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Studio Ghibli Watch: Takahata Interview, Documentary Hits Netflix

Once again, it’s time to check in on everyone’s favorite “open but not working on anything” anime studio, Ghibli, with a couple interesting tidbits that hit the net this week.

First off, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, the 2014 documentary about the inner workings of the studio, with a special focus on Hayao Miyazaki as he directed The Wind Rises, is now streaming on Netflix (in the U.S.).

You can read our review here, but the short version: if you’re at all interested in how one of anime’s most celebrated directors makes movies, this is essential viewing.

 Takahata (left) at the Academy Awards. Photo courtesy Disney

Speaking of anime’s most celebrated directors, Ghibli’s other co-founder, Isao Takahata, was the subject of an in-depth interview over at wired.co.uk this week.

More detailed than the usual puff piece, Takahata goes deep into the creation of not only his latest film, Princess Kaguya, but one of his least-known works, the anthology film Winter Days. Well worth a read, though it’s intriguing that the interview calls Princess Kaguya Takahata’s final film when he’s recently voiced a desire to make another one.

Sources: FilmspottingSVU, Ghibli Blog

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.