Studio Ghibli in real life is weird and awesome
Studio Ghibli is in many ways, built on contradictions. The studio frequently focuses on fantastic stories involving the supernatural to tell stories that are very real. It makes art, and in that art it becomes transcendent.
Even the studio’s name is contradictory. Its most well-known founder, Hayao Miyazaki, named it after the Italian WWII plane, the Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli. In Italian, Ghibli is pronounced with a hard G sound, while the Japanese company is pronounced “jee-blee.”
Regardless of the name, Studio Ghibli makes projects that reinterpret the world while simultaneously challenging our preconceived notions about it.
The clip below comes from a YouTuber named Kojer, who added Studio Ghibli art to the real world, superimposing them so they fit naturally. It is incredible, and somewhat melancholy too.
The original was ordered to be taken down, but this being the internet, that’s easier said than done. Besides, it’s weird that the studio would bother. If anything it makes Studio Ghibli more appealing.
It also comes at a strange time for the studio. In 2014, Studio Ghibli announced that it was temporarily halting production following the retirement of Miyazaki. If you are looking for some of its projects, you can look to Amazon, which just announced that it purchased the American rights to the 26-episode series, Ronia The Robbers Daughter. It will be released later this year.
Studio Ghibli is currently changing restructuring itself and planning for the future. Along with the TV series, which debuted in Japan in 2014, Studio Ghibli re-released one of its oldest film, Only Yesterday, earlier this year.
It may be a while before we get an original Ghibli production – and it may not be the same without Miyazaki – but for now you can check out the video and remember why you like it in the first place.