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The Art of Howl's Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli Library) Hardcover – 7 Jul 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Viz LLC; 01 edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421500493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421500492
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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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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This was a gift for a friend, it arrived on time, and she showed me the book when she got it, she absolutely LOVED it, we're both big Ghibli fans, the book had no damage done to it, and yes, it's a very nice product, i want one for myself!
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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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Huge book, brilliant quality pages and pictures. Beside hearing about all of the thoughts the animators had throughout the making, you also get to see Miyazakis own sketches and character art. Must-have for any Ghibli fan ♥
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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 complete script and film posters to boot. Brilliant.
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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.
The illustrations are excellent for those interested on drawing ,copying and technique. It is very rare for a book present to produce a response like - oooh great thanks so much! especially from a teenager! It is a hit.
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