The Art of Howl's Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli Library) Hardcover – 7 Jul 2005
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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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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.
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] 
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book, highly recommended to any Studio Ghibli fan.Published 2 months ago by *~ la di da ~*
My first "Art of" book and definitely not the last. So much information, beautiful colour pictures and a really
interesting study of a loved film (my view! Read more
oved the book and the fact that it's in english. I own other books on similar subject but I only enjoy the prints because they are un japanese and I dont speak nir read the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nelly Mc Causland
Big Studio Ghibli fan, wanted a book about Howls moving Castle and this is perfect. Beautiful book with gorgeous illustrationsPublished 19 months ago by Gothgirl
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