More than 30 years have passed since Studio Ghibli was founded on June 15, 1985. Starting with the monumental film Castle in the Sky, they’ve released a total of 20 feature films. They’ve also produced short films, commercials, an anime series, and even worked on video games including Ni no Kuni. Their unique style and beautiful storytelling make them instantly recognizable and a favorite among anime fans worldwide.
That 30 year anniversary is naturally worth celebrating! To commemorate their success, Studio Ghibli has opened an exhibition packed with artwork and displays capturing their history. This exhibit can be found at the Tokyo City View observation deck in Roppongi Hills until Sept. 11.
Not all Ghibli fans are lucky enough to be able to go, though! We’ve taken the liberty of paying it a visit to share it with those of you who can’t enjoy it in person =)
Among the most common displays were stills from their films, poster illustrations, and promotional material.
Chihiro from Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi / Spirited Away
A number of banners for different Ghibli films
A ridiculous amount of planning goes into each film, too. The exhibit captures that with displays and displays of sketches and storyboards. There are even titles done in different fonts!
Work behind Mononoke-hime / Princess Mononoke
“Ikiro.”, or “Live.” The catch copy of Mononoke-hime / Princess Mononoke
Beyond just artwork, though, this exhibit brings Ghibli to life through fun little touches like figures and plushies.
Arrietty from Karigurashi no Arrietty / The Secret World of Arrietty will have to visit to get her hands on this Arrietty-sized book!
This teacup featuring Jiji from Majo no Takkyubin / Kiki’s Delivery Service might be a little too big for her, though!
It wouldn’t be Ghibli if they didn’t add a beautiful twist to their product displays!
Airships and flight have been recurring themes in Studio Ghibli works, so there is also a display dedicated to the many ships appearing in their films!
The exhibit isn’t just about the past, either. Studio Ghibli co-produced the 2016 French-Belgian-Japanese film The Red Turtle with Wild Bunch which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and opened in France on June 29. It won’t open in Japan until Sept. 17, but there’s an unbelievably beautiful display dedicated to this work.
Of course, none of these films would exist without the hard work of the talented staff of Studio Ghibli (and the creators of the original works behind some of them), and due respect is paid to them, too! This includes amazing photographs of the critically acclaimed director Miyazaki Hayao and his close friend, producer Suzuki Toshio.
Director Miyazaki Hayao and Producer Suzuki Toshio
Porco Rosso research!
If you’re wishing you could celebrate Ghibli and go to this exhibit, take it easy tonight with some konpeito and your favorite movie! It’s been a great 30 years, and hopefully there will be many more to come.
This is a Tokyo Otaku Mode original article with photography by Hara T.