- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 215mm x 305mm x 25mm | 1,260g
- Publication date: 3 February 2007
- Publication City/Country: San Francisco
- ISBN 10: 1421500493
- ISBN 13: 9781421500492
- Edition statement: Original ed.
- Sales rank: 7,861
A hardback, prestige format book with a generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images. Along with the stunning visuals, the book also presents interviews and comments with the production staff, including key points from the director.
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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.
By Effie 28 Oct 2011
When I bought the book, I was expecting a collection of photos, some half-interesting interviews and a few comments slapped here and there (my previous experiences with "The Art of..." books have not been fantastic).
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this contained so much more than I was expecting, including Miyazaki's storyboards. His original concept sketches of the characters, backgrounds and settings are as beautiful as the result, and offer a glimpse into the mind of the creator.
There are nearly 200 pages of scenes from the movie in sharp, rich, glossy colour and following the storyline from start to finish. The presentation leaves nothing lacking, it's clean and each scene is accompanied by the matching concept art, sketch and final print. All scenes are captioned, and often include notes and comments from the Studio Ghibli artists and animators explaining how they achieved the artistic effects that Miyazaki was looking for. There are also some beautiful prints of the Japanese promotional poster here as well.
It's the perfect book to have on your coffee table (unless there are children around) and it's a wonderful addition to any bookshelf!