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Wednesday, 28th August 2013
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Ghibli hints at sequel to famed film

Fans of the classic 1984 Studio Ghibli film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind will be delighted to learn that the famed Japanese production company is open to the idea of carrying on the story in the form of a sequel.

The news will come as a surprise to long-term followers of the firm, which has a reputation for avoiding sequels.

During an appearance on the TBS Saturday talk show Osama no Brunch, animator and artist Hayao Miyazaki suggested that a follow-up to Nausicaa could be possible, although he insisted the honour of directing the piece would go to fellow Ghibli veteran Hideaki Anno.

"I have no interest in doing a sequel to Nausicaa," Mr Miyazaki told Osama no Brunch. "But these days I think if Anno really wants to do it, he should."

Mr Anno has been calling for the story commenced in Nausicaa to be continued since he worked as an animator on the original film almost 30 years ago, although this is the first time there has been speculation that he could direct such a venture.

While Studio Ghibli has so far been closed to the idea of sequels, Nausicaa was actually written as the first in a three-part Manga series, suggesting it may have been Mr Miyazaki's intention all along to see the tale wrapped up.

During the television interview, it was also revealed that the character of Mei in the film My Neighbor Totoro was added at the very last minute, finally explaining why she is absent from the iconic bus stop scene on the posters.

Those visiting Japan who want a unique look into the workings of this iconic film company should visit the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. An intriguing maze of a venue, the attraction contains beautiful sketches and storyboards, as well as a complete animation laboratory.

Written by Susan Ballion

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