From Viz Media to John Ramirez: Studio Ghibli Inspires Many

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Welcome to the world of teenage witches that move on their broomsticks to deliver mail to the people and the moving castles governed by demonic forces. This might look similar to Harry Potter, but this is the world of Hayao Miyazaki. Viz Media, the largest publisher and distributor of manga and anime in North America, has created books from Studio Ghibli, founded by Miyazaki into English.

Viz Media has released eight books including “The Art of Castle” which was the first movie created by the Studio Ghibli. This October will be the 30th anniversary of the movie. The media house has also published the graphic novel, “The Legend of Zelda” and will be available in the market from Nov. 1, threeifbyspace reports.

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There are many modifications made in the English version of the books according to Masumi Washington, the senior sirector of Editorial Production and head of Ghibli Library imprint state. Though the Japanese cover editions of the books are in paperback, to cater the needs of the English market, the hardcover edition is created, according to Huffington Post.

The cover and construction of the books are made such so that the readers may get lost while reading the pages into their imaginary world of Zelda and other fictional characters. The Legend of Zelda, for instance,  is a story of a young man named Link who is on a journey to find the spiritual stone. He can only do this by conquering all the evils.

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Studio Ghibli seems to have attracted many artists along the globe. John Ramirez, an artist at Disney who made movies like the “Lion King and Aladdin,” has taken inspiration from Studio Ghibli. He has also created Studio Ghibli theme park featuring a Totoro-inspited ride. He has consulted Miyazaki on this work, Kokatu reports.

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