Ghibli films on TV and DVD
This week's column -- well, two-thirds of it, anyway -- is dedicated to news about the home of cuddly Totoros, soot sprites and other whimsical creatures, Studio Ghibli. And there's also the possibility that you, dear "Cel Shaded" reader, could win free stuff.
But first: Cartoon Network recently held a presentation in New York where representatives talked about the 2006 lineup.
During that presentation, the network revealed the air dates for four Ghibli films: "Spirited Away" (March 18), "Princess Mononoke" (March 25), "Castle in the Sky" (April 1) and "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (April 8). All will air during the network's Toonami block.
Readers who remember the Ghibli film festival held in January by sister network Turner Classic Movies will note that five other films aired then are not included among Cartoon Network's offerings; there are no plans to re-air those ...
Get your DVDs here!
Tomorrow marks the official Disney releases of three more Studio Ghibli films to U.S. DVD: the Oscar-nominated "Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Whisper of the Heart." You could run out and buy them right away at your favorite anime retailer ... or you could check back here next week, where you could have a chance to win all three!
Let's just say you should brush up on your Studio Ghibli trivia -- maybe even watch a few of the movies again -- and leave it at that for now. It won't be that easy, I assure you ...
In Sunday's 'D&Q'
Back in October, Wilma J. and I, convinced that people needed to know manga artist Rumiko Takahashi as more than just "the creator of 'Inu-Yasha,'" began a monthly look at some of Takahashi's other works. This Sunday, "Project T" wraps up with Wilma's profile of "Rumiko Takahashi Anthology," a collection of anime adaptations of Takahashi short stories ...
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao