Studio Ghibli Calendar 1997
Here is a sampling of illustrations that belong to the 1997 Studio Ghibli Calendar, which has been a popular tradition in Japan for over two decades. Each of these are original works, but rendered in the style of the movies. It's like having a peek into their worlds, like unused or alternate takes. Many of these would appear on official home video releases on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD and Blu-Ray.
The Ghibli calendars are a great find for fans and collectors, and I'm a bit surprised that they aren't discussed more among the fan community. I remind myself that our fan community is still quite young, and many of us are still discovering these wonderful movies. In time, the dedicated Ghibli Freaks will become obsessive collectors of all the various forms of merchandise. I would definitely advise collecting these classic calendars if the opportunity arises.