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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591167043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591167044
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,284 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kupocake VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Art of Porco Rosso, is part of the Japanese Animage 'Art of' Studio Ghibli series, translated for English speaking audiences by Viz Media. At present, there are five books in the series available in the west, and this one is certainly a solid addition. Porco Rosso is in fact one of my least loved Ghibli movies, but this book does it justice and then some...

After rapidly creating a string of successful productions in the late 80s, Ghibli entered the new decade with a firm financial base and the ability to comfortably take on riskier projects. Takahata's effort was his 1991 film Only Yesterday, which targeted a demographic of young women usually overlooked by Anime. Miyazaki was effectively tasked with creating a safer project, an exciting action movie, though he had a comfortable 3 year period to do this in (earlier projects had taken little more than a year). Nonetheless, Miyazaki poured his soul into Porco Rosso with its focus on flight, a topic of obsession for the director. The design work presented in The Art of Porco Rosso is an interesting look at Miyazaki's passion, and he has written a particularly good foreword on the topic.

Porco Rosso's had a unique development period. Starting life as a small Manga for a modelling magazine, it grew into an Animation project to be shown on Japanese international flights into a full movie project. This makes the anecdotes in this particular book that bit more interesting to read, which is fortunate because the book has the least to say about the technical side of animation, as Porco Rosso simply built upon the progress that Kiki's Delivery Service had made, and avoided dabbling in the CGI effects that would be so striking in the films of the next decade.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:19 Mins
Porco Rosso, the movie, is actually based on a 15-page water-coloured manga by Hayao Miyazaki. Included in the book are 3 pages from that manga and they look really fantastic.

The only one thing I don't like about the book is there are too much screenshots from the movie. The concept art consists of character designs, airplane designs, publicity posters and storyboards. I love that they included the film ending credit illustrations. Overall, the amount of concept art is still overwhelmed by the film stills.

Right at the end, there are over 60 pages of the screenplay, broken down to story beats with captions. There are also 5 full black and white pages from the original manga.

There's also not much writeup except to explain a little history on the story.

This book is still good just that it's not as great compared to the art-of books released for later movies.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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By Musica on 5 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this because I'm a big fan of anything Studio Ghibli, and wanted to expand my collection from the DVDs and a few plushies. The first "The Art of Book" I bought was actually the Howl's Moving Castle one, and eventually I got the others. This is a hardback book and looks fantastic inside and out.

This book contains screencaps, concept art and sketches, and basically anything you want from an art book. It gives information about the planes used in the film, the characters, and place settings. It also includes the screenplay and some manga pages.

This is a great addition to any Ghibli fan's collection. Porco Rosso isn't my favourite film from the collection but owning the book does make me appreciate the film more.
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By D. EDWARDS on 15 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the film, so the book was an obvious purchase - but - what stops this from acheiving top rating is the fact that the pictures far outweigh the amount of text and leaves you wanting to know more of the technical stuff.
As with all Ghibli/Miyazaki work, the images are sublime, so I am willing to forgive.
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