Studio Ghibli Is Bringing Us A New Anime Series, "Ronja the Robber's Daughter"

Friday, 14 October 2016 - 3:03PM
Friday, 14 October 2016 - 3:03PM
Studio Ghibli Is Bringing Us A New Anime Series, "Ronja the Robber's Daughter"
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With the death of Studio Ghibli's legendary head colorist Michiyo Yasuda yesterday, fans of Hayao Miyazaki's universally beloved animation studio have a reason to mourn. Today, however, brings a reason to celebrate: Amazon just announced its acquisition of a new animated series from Studio Ghibli, titled Ronja the Robber's Daughter

The series originally debuted in Japan in 2014 and won an International Kids Emmy Award in the animation category, so right off the bat you know it's good, but this announcement means it will be getting an English translation the rest of us can enjoy. You can check out the Japanese trailer below:

A couple things to note about Ronja: first, the series is computer-animated combined with some cell-shading, so fans of the meticulously hand-drawn style Studio Ghibli used in movies like Howl's Moving Castle are going to have to let their eyes adjust. Second, Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son, is going to be directing the 26-episode series, which is exciting. Finally, Gillian Anderson, aka Agent Scully from The X-Files and the voice of Moro, San's wolf-mother in Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, is going to be the narrator!

Here's how Amazon describes the series:

Opening quote epic 26-part animated story of a strong, adventurous young girl who grows up exploring a beautiful and dangerous forest filled with mythical creatures. The daughter of a professional robber, Ronja realizes the complicated nature of her father's profession when she befriends Birk, the child of a rival tribe. Ronja struggles to balance the relationship with her family and the bond with her self-proclaimed brother Birk as she comes to understand the intricate issues of family and friendship and how differences can be overcome with the help of love and understanding.
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The series is based on "an adaptation of the wildly popular children's fantasy book of the same name by noted Swedish author Astrid Lindgren," who also wrote Pippi Longstocking." This isn't the first time Studio Ghibli has turned to Western-style fairy tales for inspiration, as movies like Kiki's Delivery Service and The Secret World of Arrietty show, but what makes their movies special in the eyes of many fans is the childlike wonder they evoke in people of all ages. My Neighbor Totoro may be the most well-known example, but even the more frightening and surreal Spirited Away has become a favorite among anime fans across the world.

Ronja has a lot to live up to in terms of legacy, but from everything we've seen so far, it's shaping up to be another classic.
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