Ghibli Sets Titles for Next Films: 'The Wind Rises' & 'Princess Kaguya'
I'm always inherently interested and excited for the latest films from Studio Ghibli, even if they're more fanciful work (like Arrietty or Ponyo) or dramatic (like From Up on Poppy Hill). We've been keeping an eye on their current productions, and posted before about an adaptation of the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter in the works from director Isao Takahata (of Grave of the Fireflies). However, news has now arrived via places like the Ghibli Blog & Dark Horizons that the next two features projects at Studio Ghibli have received full titles with official announcements "expected in the coming days and weeks." Both of these sound quite intriguing.
First up, the Bamboo Cutter adaptation has officially been titled Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari or Princess Kaguya Story [sic], which should be next. At the helm of that is Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, making his latest animated film since Winter Days in 2003. Their next film, with the legendary Hayao Miyazaki at the helm will be called Kaze Tachinu or The Wind Rises. It's an adaptation of Miyazaki's most recent color comic, about the man who designed the Zero Fighter which was used in World War II. The image used in the teaser above is one of the covers. The pilots happen to be pigs, which may mean this is also connected to the rumored in-the-works sequel to 1992's Porco Rosso, but we'll have to wait further to find out for sure.