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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ghibli Adapts Kokuriko-Zaka Kara Shōjo Manga

Goro Miyazaki to direct Summer 2011 anime about high school girl in 1963

The film journalist Hiroo Otaka reported on his Twitter account that Studio Ghibli announced its newest work, Goro Miyazaki's anime adaptation of Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama's Kokuriko-Zaka Kara manga, on Wednesday. The anime will open in Japan next summer.

The story is set in Showa 38 (1963, a year before the Tokyo Olympics) and follows the coming of age of a high school girl named Komatsuzaki. The manga recounts Komatsuzaki's everyday life of "laughter and tears" with a school newspaper member, the student council president, and other schoolmates.

Goro Miyazaki is the son of Ghibli's co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki. The younger Miyazaki had previously directed Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki). The older Miyazaki is planning the Kokuriko-Zaka Kara film and co-writing its script with Keiko Niwa (Gedo Senki). Satoshi Takebe (theme song arranger on Deltora Quest, Romeo × Juliet, The Story of Fifteen Boys) is composing the music. Ghibli's former president Toshio Suzuki is producing the film as he has for almost every Ghibli project.

The original manga ran in Kodansha's Nakayoshi shōjo magazine in 1980. Studio Ghibli's publishing department and Kadokawa Group Publishing re-issued the manga this past July with a new wraparound jacket band that says that "Hayao Miyazaki recommends this!" Ghibli's sales blurb added that the studio was looking into whether the shōjo manga could be made into a movie.

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