Now this is a pretty cool discovery. These are a pair of artist renderings of an imagined "Studio Ghibli fighting game. The first one is the newer design, reminiscent of SNK's King of Fighters series, and looks pretty stylish. The second one is older, and more classically 8-bit (one could easily imagine such a game on Commodore 64).
This does raise an interesting question: which of the Miyazaki characters would win in a fair fight? Personally, I'd go with Nausicaa and Mononoke San, if only because they have a genuine psycho-killer streak. But a Totoro vs. No Face vs. Ohmu battle would be pretty impressive. Hmm...now that I think about it, a Ghibli fighting game could work. Maybe we should hire an indie video game studio to design it, snark.
Now here's the really cool part of this story: the 8-bit graphic is available as a $25 t-shirt, any size, front or back. Nice! The artist, Drewwise, has created a series of video game-related shirt designs. My favorite one, aside from this one, would have to be the Apollo shirt, obviously inspired by Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece, The Shining. I may have to order one myself. Who wants one of these?