Historic collection of posters and flyers includes art largely forgotten by modern fans.
Studio Ghibli is unique in many ways, but one of the biggest is their commitment to theatrical features. Almost every anime Ghibli has created was originally shown in cinemas, with beautifully illustrated posters to promote them to anyone walking past the building or through the lobby.
Many of these posters have since become some of the most memorable and iconic pieces of art in the anime world, and now anyone and everyone can adorn your home, as Ghibli produces historically accurate reprints of the posters for all 23 of its theatrically released anime.
This is Studio Ghibli, and they’ve stayed as faithful as they could to the original process. Instead of just printing a bunch of digital copies, where possible they’ve tracked down the original printing plates, most of which were made decades ago, and brought them out of retirement. They even go so far as to use the same non-standard ink colors, outside of the standard four-color printing process, as they originally did, to ensure that the fresh batch of posters’ colors are rich and authentic.
The posters are B2 size, measures 51.5 centimeters wide and 72.8 long (20.3 x 28.7 inches). Although they cover 23 titles, that’s actually it 49 different posterswith some of the options being designs that have rarely been seen since the anime left theaters, for example Spirited Away poster with Chihiro spread out in the back seat of her parents’ car.
▼ Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The castle in the sky has four posters each.
In addition to posters, Studio Ghibli also reprints what it calls “booklet” for each movie. Unfortunately, these multi-page programs are not sold in theaters in Japan, but they are still beautiful A4 size (24.2 x 25.8 centimeters) flyerswith one design for each of the 23 films.
▼ A few of the brochures/fliers
There is sometimes a bit of a gray area in defining the Studio Ghibli filmography, but for the purposes of the posters Nausicaa and Grave of the Fireflies is included, as is the co-produced The Red Turtle. Although it first aired on Japanese television, Earrings and the witch later had a theatrical performance in Japan, so it is also represented. On the other hand, made for TV Ocean waves doesn’t make the cut and neither does the animated card/music video Clear.
▼ Say what you want about Tales from Earthseabut there is a very nice poster for the one on the left.
By the way, as mentioned above, the original printing plates were used whenever possible, but they have been lost for a few pieces (Nausicaa: Poster for theatrical use 1 and poster for advance ticket sales, Porco Rosso poster 1 and 2 for theater use, My neighbors, the Yamadas poster 1 and 2 for theater use, Theatrical use poster for Howl’s Moving Castle 1and the booklets for Nausicaa, The castle in the sky, Kiki’s delivery serviceand My neighbors, the Yamadas), which requires them to be recreated when scanning.
So, how much are these anime artworks going to cost you? It depends, like they are not sold individually. Instead, they are offered in one of four bundles: a set of all items with each poster and flyer, a set of all posters and a set of all flyers, or a set of posters and flyers for a single anime. Prices for the single film sets range from ¥2,420 (US$16) to ¥6,380, as the number of posters included varies from one to four. The 23-flyer set is priced at ¥25,300, the 49-poster set at ¥64,680, and for the fan with deep pockets and ample screen storage, the complete set with all posters and flyers is ¥89,980, with all sets available through The Ghibli Museum’s online store here.
Source: Ghibli Museum Online Store
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