From Up on Poppy Hill - The Official Art Book
In keeping with tradition, Studio Ghibli will be publishing an official art book of their latest feature, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara. It has been christened with the movie's official international title - From Up On Poppy Hill. I've always enjoyed the litarary quality to Ghibli's titles, their flowery prose. I like this title, it flows.
The Ghibli completest will want to have the art book in their collection, particularly if you're not willing to wait another year or two for Kokuriko to arrive in your country. I'm sure we'll see a Western publication at some point (Viz is the American publisher of the Ghibli books).
I'm honestly not certain if these screenshots come from the art book, or from another source. These were sent to me by a Korean blogger, and he didn't give any additional information. In any case, we're grateful to have every scrap of new information about Goro Miyazaki's latest film. It looks terrific, very similar to Mimi wo Sumaseba. I continue to marvel at the idea of animation that's devoted to daily life, not fantasy. It's a uniquely Japanese anime concept.
Animated feature films aimed at girls...what a unique concept. When is Hollywood going to try that over here? All we get at the multiplex is 1950s housewives, toy commercials, and Star Wars. And it's all pitched at boys. A few more options would be desirable.