From the Studio Ghibli Weblog in Spain, we discover that Omohide Poro Poro, the original manga series masterfully adapted to animation by Isao Takahata, is now available on iTunes. It does not appear that the text has been translated from Japanese, however. It would be nice if original and translated editions were made available. But in any case, it's great that this comic can now be seen by a wider audience.
Omohide Poro Poro, the manga, was written by Hotaru Okamoto and drawn by Yuuko Tone. It was a largely auto-biographical story of the author's childhood in 1960s Japan. Takahata expanded the original story to include the character as an adult, coming to grips with her identity and her place in the world. Also, there's music by Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute. Remember that guy? I'll bet that's the real reason Disney won't allow this movie to be seen in the US. They're jealous of the Zamfir.
Omohide Poro Poro (manga) - Vol 1
Omohide Poro Poro (manga) - Vol 2