1995 Animage Interview with Hayao Miyazaki and Yoshifumi Kondo

In their September 1995 issue, Japan's Animage magazine featured an article on Studio Ghibli's then-newest picture, Mimi wo Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart), which was released to theaters the previous July. Two lengthy interviews with director Yoshifumi Kondo and producer (and screenwriter) Hayao Miyazaki follow.

As we all are aware, Animage was published by Tokuma Shoten, who were also the financiers of Studio Ghibli in those days. The magazine was always present to provide free coverage of all things Ghibli, and build hype for their animated feature films. You don't really read these articles and reviews for any serious movie criticism, but to enjoy the inside coverage of your favorite movies. It's not unlike Nintendo Power in that regard.

If there are any translators who would like to transcribe these interviews, feel free to go ahead. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks to Anim'Archive for the vintage magazine scans.

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