In this episode we will not just discuss the magical work of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, or the mediocre work of everyone else - we will look at how their careers developed in contrast to each other from their first double feature, to their last.
That is to say, the 1988 double feature that in so many ways showcased what Studio Ghibli could do:
- My Neighbour Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
And the studio's, at the time, proposed swansongs of 2013:
- The Wind Rises
- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Almost every film before, in between and after will also get a mention - some in detail - as we marvel at just how these two giants of cinema changed the landscape of anime.
We will also push the arguably already accepted claim that Studio Ghibli - rather than being the Japanese Disney, really was a platform for two great artists to develop their own unique style - screw everyone else!
The fact that the studio has been withering away, is as such no true fall - but a showcase of how it truly was Takahata and Miyazaki holding it all together - and with the older Miyazaki coming out of retirement - and the lesser Miyazaki (Goro) seemingly fumbling into 3D, Studio Ghibli is at an odd place in its own history.
But regardless of where they may go, and if this is really the end - it has been an incredible journey. One we hope to pay tribute to and honour.