The Jakarta Post
A still from 'My Neighbor Totoro' by Studio Ghibli. (Studio Ghibli/File)
Widely beloved animation studio Studio Ghibli has published a tentative logo for its upcoming theme park.
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio with a long history of memorable movies in its repertoire. From its first movie, Laputa: Caste in the Sky released in 1986, Ghibli has grown to be a key actor in the anime industry. The studio is often compared to entertainment conglomerate the Walt Disney Corporation.
It isn’t surprising to see Ghibli take a similar route in establishing a theme park of its own.
The logo was first released by the governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki Ohmura, through a tweet. It was illustrated by company cofounder and animator Hayao Miyazaki.
今回の合同記者会見にあたって、スタジオジブリの鈴木総合プロデューサーがサプライズで用意してくださったジブリパークのロゴです。「ジブリ」の文字は宮崎駿監督、「パーク」の文字は鈴木プロデューサーの作です。 pic.twitter.com/dCYFWA4weR— 大村秀章 (@ohmura_hideaki) May 31, 2019
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Along with the logo, Hideaki has also released new information regarding the project.
The park is divided into five main areas, the Hill of Youth, Big Warehouse, Dondoko Forest, Princess’ Mononoke’s village and Valley of the Witches. The first three will undergo construction from 2020-2021, though fans will have to wait until 2023 for Mononoke Village and the Witch’s Valley Area.
The park will feature numerous replicas of iconic Ghibli locations, including Chikyuya’s Antique Shop from Whispers of the Heart.
The park’s concept primarily revolves around some of Ghibli’s most famous works: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle.
The theme park was originally scheduled to open in 2020 but due to delays is now scheduled to open in 2022. Hayao Miyazaki, in spite of announcing his retirement in 2013, has returned for the project and is heavily involved in the park’s development. (ayr/wng)
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