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The Art of Howl's Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli Library) [Hardcover]

Hayao Miyazaki
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6 Oct 2008 Art of Howl's Moving Castle
A hardback, prestige format book with a generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images. Along with the stunning visuals, the book also presents interviews and comments with the production staff, including key points from the director.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421500493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421500492
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a hardback! 14 July 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is another book in Viz's series of Studio Ghibli English editions. The other's are 'Porco Rosso' and 'Spirited Away'. Happily I now have all 3 and they are excellent quality. The paper is a good weight and the print quality very good: the colours are vibrant. The books are not illustrated stories, they are artwork used in the movies, including frames, backgrounds, storyboards and CGI. If I say that nearly every page is frameable then you will perhaps get the idea. As an insight into Miyazaki's production process they are invaluable and they are beautiful things in their own right.
Get them while you can because I doubt Viz will keep copies in print for ever and a couple are only available from the USA (via Amazon UK).
NOTE: the 'paperback' claim on this item's description is inaccurate because the cover is hardback. It matches the covers of the other two books in the series which ARE described as hardback.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing creative process for a brilliant anime 19 July 2009
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend whose taste in books and film is actually really good. So I bought this book from Amazon UK knowing I could trust in the opinion I was given, and as it turned out it really is a good book.

Being a fan of anime and in particular Studio Ghibli films coupled with me already owning a number of art books it was unfortunate I never knew about this book previously. From cover to cover it is filled with scenes from the creative process of producing "Howl's Moving Castle" and also includes a complete script.

It doesn't just show the creative process, it tells the story of how they went about developing this animated movie starting with them going on location to Alsace in France, moving on to drawing rough concept artwork and then moving on to design particular set pieces and characters and some of the final pieces.

It really is amazing to see how they produced this fun film and to see what they come up with along the way.Howl's Moving Castle [DVD] [2005]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 17 Feb 2009
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There's some beautiful and original artwork in this book. It would look great on your bookshelf but even better on the coffee table.
Would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love it 16 Mar 2012
By Emile
This is the best book ever! I love it so much, it is all about how the cartoon is made and technology etc. I beg whoever like the howls moving castle will definitely want this book too!!!!
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Amazing Art. Hours and hours of gazing and learning from the works of this Master of Animation. You will love it and It will make You want to do stuff like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 4 April 2014
By Jazzie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Studio Ghibli, who doesn't? This book is great, I purchased it because Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favourite movies from the studio and therefore, it was great to get a real insight into the character and environment designs. I also love drawing so the concept art was great to be inspired from. The pages and printing is top quality, no problems at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Source of Inspiration 2 Jan 2014
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This book is divided in 3 chapters:

Part I - Hayao Miyazaki's Concept Sketch Collection
The first part of the book works as an Introduction, containing a brief production diary and sketched storyboards. It is of particular interest to be able to see Miyazaki's work in its sketching phase.

Part II - Concept Art, Background Art, Character Designs and Character Sketches
This second part is where the book really comes alive. Character Designs and Concept Art are wonderfully detailed, and are accompanied by statements from Miyazaki's crew. I suppose it's a little disappointing that there are no words from Miyazaki himself, but this absence does not come as a surprise.

Part III -. Final Screenplay
Self-explanatory, the last 50 pages or so contain the final screenplay, in text. Probably the least interesting part of the book.

Overall, it's a beautiful book, filled with wondrous artwork and insight into what is probably Miyazaki's most enigmatic film, and to me, one of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy 12 Dec 2013
Stunning quality and contents with Studio Ghibli's iconic and unbeatable visuals and designs. A great gift for a collector, fan or someone who is particularly interested in Japanese Anime and Manga. :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
great book! many concept art sketches included which is the main reason to get a book like that. i also enjoyed the info by the people that worked for it, as well as the complete... Read more
Published 7 months ago by vaso k
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book contains some of Miyazaki's finest works aswell as the work of contributing artists which is equally amazing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by George Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As a Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki fan, I absolutely love this book! It is useful to us animation and art students as well as it gives some insight into the production process... Read more
Published 11 months ago by amberwolf129
5.0 out of 5 stars Beast of a book.
This book has everything. Not only does it offer insights into what the artists and writers were thinking and feeling during the process of creating the film but there is also a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lizardhat
1.0 out of 5 stars items not sealed
Bought as new but the book came not sealed as I have seen in bookshops, so it seems it is a 2nd hand book.
Not satisfied at all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was a great present, if you are or know a Studio Ghibli fan this is a lovely book. The book was well packaged & delivery was within the timescale of the super saver which I... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teeenagers
This book made an ideal present for my son aged 16. He is a great fan of Anime' and collects the films especially from Studio Ghibli. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Amazonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is mi favorite miyasaki movie and is AWESOMEEE very cool sketch all in detail im very glad. another one for my collection
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Otrebor
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