When we think of Studio Ghibli, more than thoughtfully created, whimsical animations come to mind. Their films are the child-appropriate cartoons that everyone can, and wants to watch. Evocative, joyful, and sentimental, the characters from Ghibli's collection of dozens of animated films have made a home in our hearts, transcending any connection to time and place - just memory. Now, Hayao Miyazaki, the animation director who sits at the helm of the production company, and has been the mind behind some of Ghibli's most iconic films like Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle, is bringing his art to you via a limited edition collection of books titled Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum.
The editions will serve as an archive of work-in-progress illustrations that have rarely been seen by the public, Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum will include 900 original illustrations that Miyazaki has crafted throughout his legacy at Studio Ghibli. The books will pay homage to the countless exhibitions that the production house has held at the Ghibli Museum in the past two decades since opening, that detail various pillars of the Ghibli world, like food, forests, and individual film exhibitions. For those of us who have never made it to the museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, this collection of books is your ticket to seeing it all from the comfort of your living room.
Where to find it and buy it
For those who are ready to do what it takes to own them, the books are set to be released in March this year, and are exclusively available at the museum and the Japanese Ghibli web store. The collections are priced at $240 with the addition of a free tote bag, and though the added shipping costs might be hefty, a limited edition collection of Studio Ghibli books is a limited edition collection of Studio Ghibli books, so, do with that information what you will.
To secure these beautiful things early, you can preorder yours via Ghibli's Donguri Sora web store.