“Spirited Away doesn’t belong to me” says Hayao Miyazaki

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

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And the Studio Ghibli co-founder has a heartwarming idea of who it does belong to.

Stage adaptations of popular anime have become fairly common in Japan over the past decade, but when the anime being adapted is also Japan’s second-highest-grossing movie of all time, the level of anticipation is on a whole other level. So earlier this week a full-scale press event was held to unveil the first in-costume promotional photos for the upcoming stage play of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away.

Representing the anime studio was veteran producer Toshio Suzuki, but not the anime film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki.

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