Studio Ghibli releases new video inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s “How’s Moving Castle”


Studio Ghibli has released a video to promote the highly anticipated opening of Witches’ Valley, the final area of ​​the park set to welcome visitors next month.

Excite the fans: The 15-second clip uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday was created by Akihiko Yamashita, who provided animation and animation direction in the teaser; Noboru Yoshida, who provided artistic direction; and legendary Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, who scripted the commercial.

Miyazaki, Yamashita, and Yoshida all worked together on Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle,” which appears to have inspired their latest Ghibli Park teaser video. Goro Miyazaki, Miyazaki’s eldest son and the main designer and director of Ghibli Park, reportedly asked his father to produce the commercial, according to Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki.

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What is it about: The music video features a cheerful moving castle, similar to the one from “Howl’s”, with a golden plaque in front of it that reads “Ghibli Park” in Japanese.

In addition to the plaque, banners are also visible on the Howl’s Moving Castle, reminding fans that the park is reservation only on the front and that new batches of tickets will be available every 10th of the month on the back.

Catch up: Originally scheduled to open in 2020, Ghibli Park, located inside Expo Aichi Memorial Park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, began welcoming visitors on November 1, 2022. About a year later, the park opened one of its two highly anticipated areas, Mononoke Village, on November 1, 2023.

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The remaining closed area, Witches Valley, will open on March 16. It will feature some of the iconic buildings and references to the Studio Ghibli films “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “How the Castle Moves.”

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