HAVE YOUR SAY: about those Japanese Ghibli BluRays...

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HAVE YOUR SAY: about those Japanese Ghibli BluRays...










On the picture here you can see the VERY stylish covers for the new BluRays which Studio Ghibli is releasing in Japan. That's "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" on the left, "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" in the middle and "My Neighbors the Yamadas" on the right.

It's a pretty simple format which emphasizes just how classic these films truly are: one color and one white silhouette are enough to describe a title and have it recognized by the fans.

Now this begs the question: which titles will be in the next wave which Studio Ghibli and Disney will be releasing in 2011? And what will the covers for those titles look like, if they keep this single-color-white-silhouette format?


So let's play a little game here...
Which title do you want released first (after "My Neighbors the Yamadas"), what color should its cover be, and what should be used for the white silhouette?

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TylerSeptember 10, 2010 10:21 PM

Well, if they do Kiki's Delivery Service it will have to be the silhouette of Jiji. Purple would be good for that one, like Kiki's dress.

Ard VijnSeptember 10, 2010 10:31 PM

I can't figure out which film ought to get the color green...
It fits with all of them!

The Nerd PoliceSeptember 11, 2010 12:14 AM

Definitely grey for Totoro with a silhouette of Totoro waiting at the bus stop. Maybe black for Princess Mononoke with the silhouette being a forest full of Kodama.

Rhythm-XSeptember 11, 2010 12:26 AM

God these covers are great.


Next I'd like to see either CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO or PRINCESS MONONOKE. (Does Manga still have the US rights to CAGLIOSTRO? Does Disney keep MONONOKE when they finally sell off Miramax?)

Bob ViolenceSeptember 11, 2010 3:43 AM

Cagliostro is isn't part of the Ghibli library and already has a Japanese BD from VAP (which apparently ain't too hot). Manga's U.S. DVD is still in print so we can assume they still have the rights -- but they lost the UK rights a few years back to Optimum (who also have the local rights to the Ghibli catalog proper). I've asked the Mononoke question myself and have never found an answer, but in any case it only affects North America.

Rhythm-XSeptember 11, 2010 5:43 AM

I knew it wasn't technically a part of the Ghibli library but I figured that since the Japanese DVD was from Buena Vista, the Japanese Blu-ray would be as well.

Ard VijnSeptember 11, 2010 6:39 AM

I agree with Grey (or brown) for "Totoro", and using green for "Mononoke".
The silhouette for Mononoke could be the famous one where she stands in front of the wolf, blood on her face. No wolf, just her, and I think the pose is iconic enough so that you'll recognize it even though you can't see the blood in a silhouette.

Ard VijnSeptember 11, 2010 6:49 AM

For all intents and purposes of this article let's include "Cagliostro" in this list, and "Panda" and "Norse Prince" as well for that matter.

What color would be fitting for Cagliostro? And what silhouette?

Rhythm-XSeptember 11, 2010 2:09 PM

IF there wasn't already a shitty non-Buena Vista Japanese Blu-ray (1080i, really?), and it didn't already have the film's poster on it, then the color ought to match Lupin's jacket and it ought to feature a silhouette of Lupin brandishing a pistol. But apparently Disney/Buena Vista only bothered with DVD rights to the film. Sad, that.


NORSE PRINCE/HORUS, PRINCE OF THE SUN - gold color, though I don't know what silhouette would be best... maybe the freeze-frame of him with the sword that immediately precedes the opening credits.


Don't care about PANDA GO PANDA, but a properly subtitled, film-sourced Blu-ray of FUTURE BOY CONAN? God, yes. Orange, with Conan balancing on one leg.

JordanSeptember 11, 2010 2:42 PM

For Only Yesterday: a slightly orange bright yellow with a silhouette of a safflower (Takahata's do seem to suggest objects as Miyazaki's do flying characters or vehicles). Proco Rosso rightly goes without saying and I rather hope they keep this up for its sake (in the DVDs it was silver with the title text being red).

As for which will be next, that's simple. Laputa is the next analogue feature after Nausicaä in the cannon and Yamada-kun is the first all-digital one, so the next two can be expected to be Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away (of which I'm thinking light brown for the former and black for the latter?). They'll be able to maintain this system as though there are less digital ones as of now there are more still being created.

This kind of design can only come when one is preaching to the converted, when something is so ubiquitous it is only the opportunity to see the film and own a disc of it in this packaging that is being promoted. Anywhere out of East Asia and with the possible exception of Spirited Away, the packaging needs to sell the film as well as itself.

ChevalierAguilaSeptember 11, 2010 10:29 PM

Mononoke is the obvious choice.

Bob ViolenceSeptember 12, 2010 12:11 AM

But apparently Disney/Buena Vista only bothered with DVD rights to the film.


I don't think Disney has any rights to Cagliostro now. Their DVD (which came out all the way back in 2001) is apparently OOP.

cynrtstSeptember 12, 2010 1:41 AM

Pom Poko should be green with a silhouette of a Tanuki. Kiki should be purple as already mentioned with silhouette of Kiki and Jiji on broom, Porco Rosso should be red with an airplane.

im.maokunSeptember 15, 2010 10:51 AM

Mononoke: Green
Porco Rosso: Blue
Howl's Moving Castle: Purple
Totoro: Gray
Spirited Away: Red
Ponyo: Bright orange
And the only movie fit to get a black cover is Tomb of the Fireflies.

Ard VijnSeptember 15, 2010 11:45 AM

Good choices all.
Controversial one for Porco, but I like it!