Founded in June 1985, Studio Ghibli is headed by the directors
Hayao Miyazaki and
Isao Takahata and the producer
Toshio Suzuki. Prior to the formation of the studio, Miyazaki and Takahata had already had long careers in Japanese film and television animation and had worked together on
Hols: Prince of the Sun and
Panda! Go, Panda!; and Suzuki was an editor at
The studio was founded after the success of the 1984 film
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, written and directed by Miyazaki for
Topcraft and distributed by
Toei Company. The origins of the film lie in the first two volumes of a
serialized manga written by Miyazaki for publication in Animage as a way of generating interest in an anime version. Suzuki was part of the production team on the film and founded Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki, who also invited Takahata to join the new studio.
The studio has mainly produced films by Miyazaki, with the second most prolific director being Takahata (most notably with
Grave of the Fireflies). Other directors who have worked with Studio Ghibli include
Gorō Miyazaki, and
Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Composer
Joe Hisaishi has provided the soundtracks for most of Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films. In their book Anime Classics Zettai!, Brian Camp and Julie Davis made note of
Michiyo Yasuda as "a mainstay of Studio Ghibli’s extraordinary design and production team".
Tomomi Mochizuki (望月 智充, Mochizuki Tomomi, born December 31, 1958 in
Japan), sometimes incorrectly romanized as Tomomichi Mochizuki, is an
producer. He is married to animator
Masako Gotō and sometimes uses the
alias Gō Sakamoto (坂本 郷, Sakamoto Gō) when writing screenplays or working on storyboards. Known from the early 1990s as director of
Kimagure Orange Road and the
Studio Ghibli TV movie
Umi ga Kikoeru, he is also known for having directed
Zettai Shounen, the acclaimed
World Masterpiece Theater series
Porphy no Nagai Tabi, and most recently as director of the 2010
House of Five Leaves.
Waseda University, he joined the Waseda University Animation Association. In 1981, he began working for
Ajia-do Animation Works. Mochizuki made his debut one year later when he acted as production director of the 1982 series
Tokimeki Tonight. He went on to direct several of the
magical girl series, including
Magical Angel Creamy Mami. In 1986, he moved up to chief director with
Hikari no Densetsu. He currently divides his time between directing, writing scripts and acting as a series coordinator for various shows.
, also known as I Can Hear the Sea (海がきこえる, Umi ga Kikoeru)
, is a 1993 Japanese
. It was directed by
and written by Kaori Nakamura based on the novel of the same title by
. The TV special first aired on May 5, 1993 on Japanese TV. The film was an attempt by Studio Ghibli to allow their younger staff members to make a film reasonably cheaply. However, it ended up going both over budget and over schedule.The story is set in the city of
, on the Japanese island of
. It concerns a
that develops between two good friends and a new girl who transfers to their high school from Tokyo.
Kichijōji Station in Tokyo, Taku Morisaki glimpses a familiar woman on the platform opposite. Later, her photo falls from a shelf as he exits his apartment before flying to
Kōchi Prefecture. As the plane takes off, he narrates the events that brought her into his life. The story is told in
Kōchi, two years prior, Taku is working in a restaurant, where he receives a call from his friend, Yutaka Matsuno, asking to meet at their high school. He finds Yutaka at a window, looking at an attractive girl. She is a transfer student from Tokyo whom Yutaka was asked to show around. Taku's interest piqued, he tries unsuccessfully to view her. The boys discuss their upcoming school trip to
Hawaii. Taku meets Yutaka at the school gates, where he is introduced to the new girl, Rikako Muto. She smiles, and thanks Yutaka for his help. He explains that she was asking for directions to a bookstore. Walking home, Taku teases him about his infatuation.
Rikako proves to be gifted academically and at sports, but also arrogant. Taku believes she is unhappy at having to leave Tokyo. His mother learns from gossip that a divorce brought Rikako's mother to Kōchi. In a later phone conversation with Yutaka, he also discovers that Rikako is living alone, away from the family house.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, known simply as Innocence (イノセンス, Inosensu) in Japan, is a 2004
sci-fi sequel to the 1995 film
Ghost in the Shell. Released in Japan on March 6, 2004, and in the US on September 17, 2004, Innocence had a production budget of approximately
$20 million (approx. 2 billion
yen). To raise the sum,
Production I.G studio's president, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, asked
Studio Ghibli's president,
Toshio Suzuki, to co-produce. It is the only
Disney/Studio Ghibli film to be animated and produced by Production I.G.
With a story loosely connected to the
Shirow Masamune, the film was
directed by Ghost in the Shell director
Mamoru Oshii. The film was honored best sci-fi film at the 2004 Nihon SF Taisho Awards and was in competition at the 2004
Cannes Film Festival. The soundtrack for the film was released under the name
Innocence O.S.T. and a related novel called Innocence: After the Long Goodbye was released on February 29, 2004. This film makes many allusions and references to other famous works, such as The Future Eve. The foreign DVD release of the film faced many issue ranging from licensing to audio.
The story is loosely based on Ghost in the Shell manga chapter "Robot Rondo". Opening in 2032,
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Batou is teamed with
Togusa, an agent with very few cybernetic upgrades, following the events of
Ghost in the Shell.