Animax to air early works of Hayao Miyazaki on Aug. 6

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Satellite anime broadcaster Animax Broadcast Japan Inc. said it will air on Aug. 6 a collection of Hayao Miyazaki’s early works produced in the 1970s and ’80s.

The retrospective program is to celebrate the July 16 release of “Kokurikozaka Kara” (From Kokuriko Hill) by Studio Ghibli Inc., for which Miyazaki provided original story ideas and wrote the screenplay.

It is a feature film adaptation of the manga of the same title by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama. The story is set in Yokohama in 1963, as opposed to the original manga which is set in 1980. Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, took the helm of the production.

The program will run for five hours and 30 minutes, with TV personality Marina Watanabe serving as a navigator.

The program is obviously family-oriented, as the mother of two said: “I want to show all of Mr. Miyazaki’s works to my children.”

The program will also offer latest information on “Kokurikozaka Kara.” In addition, it will introduce highlights of each work featured in the program. Besides, the program will give some trivia about the “My Neighbor Totoro” creator and his other works.

The program will feature 9 episodes from 4 titles.

Two mid-length films, “Panda Kopanda” (Panda! Go, Panda!) and “Panda Kopanda: Amefuri Circus no Maki,” were directed by Isao Takahata in the 1970s. The heart-warming stories seem to have helped Ghibli to determine the creative style for some of its later works.

The remaining titles include a feature film version of “Future Boy Conan,” and four episodes from “Sherlock Hound” TV series.

From the second “Lupin III” animated TV series, two of a few episodes directed by Miyazaki himself are included in the program.

It will be a rare chance for Miyazaki fans, because the two episodes tend to be overlooked compared to the original TV series of the anime and the feature film adaptation, “Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.”

Visit Animax’s official website at (http://www.animax.co.jp/).

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