I was lucky and had a chance to go for the Goverdose exhibition, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli (Ghibli is the name of A desert wind). You could’ve found out about the exhibition by following our BLAGcalendar.
The exhibition itself didn’t occupy much space, but it’s the quality, not the quantity that counts. And in quality matter, the exhibition was precious and wonderful. You could admire paintings, sketches and drawings depicting the concept of characters, lands and animals in wonderful animations from Studio Ghibli.
For the record, Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki in June 1985 in Koganei. The title character of the film by Hayao Miyazaki – “My Neighbor Totoro” is in the company logo.
Studio can pride itself on many animations, nominations, and even an Oscar for best full-length animated film “Spirited Away “(2001). Animations produced by Ghibli have a big connection with nature. It depicts the world of people versus nature. Because Japan is very traditional, Hayao is reaching back to Japanese mythology and presents the gods and demons fighting on the side of nature. World’s problems, such as pollution, neglecting forests, rivers, seas, and even selfish behavior of people are presented in a very simple way.
I will show you some animations from Studio Ghibli, which captivated and delighted me.
(“Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi”, 2001, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Animation awarded with an Oscar and a Golden Bear.
Storyline: Ten-year Chihiro and his parents are moving into a new house. Along the way, they get lost in the woods and get to a secret place, where they find a table with delicious-looking food. Chihiro’s parents taste the food, which turned out to be food for the gods; as a punishment, they are being turned into pigs. To remove a curse, Chihiro must service the witch Yubaba, who runs a huge bath for the gods.
Starring: Rumi Hîragi (Chihiro Ogino/Sen), Miyu Irino (Haku), Mari Natsuki (Yubaba/Zeniba).
(“Hauru no ugoku shiro”, 2004, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Storyline: 18-year-old Sophie is transformed into an old woman.by an evil witch. Sad and desperate, she attempts to recover her body and sets off on a magical journey.
Starring: Chieko Baishô (Sofi), Takuya Kimura (Hauru), Akihiro Miwa (Witch from the wild), Tatsuya Gashûin (Kalcyfer).
(“Hauru no ugoku shiro”, 1998, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Storyline: Two sisters, Mei and Satsuki are moving with their father to the village, to an abandoned, mysterious house. The whole family is struggling with an illnes of a mother, which lies at a nearby hospital. Both girls are exploring the house and its surroundings. Satsuki leads the way, and the little Mei follows her. In the house, they find a lot of acorns and a huge number of small black creatures. The old lady next door, who took care of the house, tells them that they are called wandering soot. One night, during a storm, wandering soots run to the camphor tree that grows near the girls’ house. The next day, Mei, looking for acorns, comes across big, friendly and always smiling Totoro. Girls make friends with the ghosts of the forest, and their friendship will soon turn out to be very useful…
Starring: Sumi Simamato (Yasuko Kasakabe), Noriko Hidaka (Satsuki Kusakabe), Hitoshi Takagi (Totoro).
(„Mononoke-hime”, 1997, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Drastic and brutal, yet beautiful and natural anime, considered to be one of the best achievements of Japanese animation. The story is steeped in Kurosawa’s style, which consists of the whole Japanese mythology, the Japanese soul and art of pictorial narrative.
Storyline: Prince Ashitaka defends his village from the evil demon. Although he wins, his joy is short. The monster hurt him during a fight and thus gave him a demon curse, which can be removed only by the legendary god of the forest. Ashitaka heads west, from where this demon came, in search of shishi-gami.
Starring: Yôji Matsuda (Ashitaka), Yuriko Ishida (San), Yuko Tanaka (Eboshi-Gozen), Kaoru Kobayashi (Jiko-bo).
Posters by a Brazilian artist Paulo Dos Reis.