Otaku USA Magazine
Take a Cruise on the Spirited Away Bus

How would you like to get around town in a bus decorated with Spirited Away imagery? Right now people in Fukuoka City, Japan have that option, but only for a limited time.

The Spirited Away buses, put out by operator Nishitetsu Bus, are around for a very specific reason: the traveling Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition, which has reached their city. The exhibit is all about Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki, and it even has a library of almost 9,000 books that he’s read. Fans might be interested because Suzuki cites his reading as leading him to his artistic and philosophic qualities.

There will also be large art pieces of characters from Ghibli movies, like Yubaba and Totoro.

Spirited Away will be back in American theaters for a limited time this fall during Studio Ghibli Fest 23. To be precise, it will be back on the big screen between October 28 and November 1.

GKIDS, which has licensed Spirited Away, gave this description for it:

“Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.

Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.”

Source: SoraNews24


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.