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Nov 19 2013

First look at Hayao Miyazaki’s new samurai manga

Hayao Miyazaki samurai manga (2013)

The anime world mourned the “retirement” of Hayao Miyazaki earlier this year, with the announcement that The Wind Rises would be his last feature film as a director. For the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, retirement has an entirely different meaning, with Japan’s NHK Professional series interviewing the 72-year-old creator about his latest projects.

We can already see from these initial shots that the sengoku (Warring States) era manga is going to be a beautiful one. Reports are that Miyazaki hasn’t even been paid for the manuscript yet, so this is very much a labour of love for the iconic illustrator. It’s also a terrific insight into the technical process of the master.

There’s no release date on this for Japan, so it might be a while before English language audiences will be able to read this. For now, check out these first glimpses of the beautiful art from this upcoming project (via Crunchyroll and NHK).

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