New Images Show Designs For A Studio Ghibli Theme Park
Plans are gathering pace for a Studio Ghibli theme park.
Yes, you read that right, the latest batch of concept artwork has been produced, which shows more detailed designs for how the amusement park will look.
Located Aichi Prefecture, Japan, the park will be divided into different areas: Ghibli's Giant Warehouse; a My Neighbour Totoro-themed Dondoko Forest; Princess Mononoke Village; Springtime of Youth Hill, which has attractions from Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky; and Witch Valley, to be based on Kiki's Delivery Service.
Images of the sites - which have been reported by Asahi and Nikkan Sports - show how Ghibli's Giant Warehouse will look, spread across a large space and allowing some of the studio's most iconic films to be given a new life.
One such example is the dining area, which has been modeled on Spirited Away.
The Springtime of Youth Hill site will also have an elevator to give park-goers a better view of the entire site.
Previous images published a couple of years ago showed the plush green spaces of the Princess Mononoke area and Witch Village.
A prospective map of the park has also been mocked up and it looks vast, so there will be plenty of areas for fans to explore.
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And while it's been a long time coming for followers of the studio, we might not have too long to wait until it finally opens.
According to reports, Giant Warehouse, Dondoko Forest, and Springtime of Life areas are set to open their doors in 2022, while Princess Mononoke Village and Witch Valley will open the year after.
Over the course of the past three decades, Studio Ghibli has created some of the highest-grossing anime films of all time.
And if it still seems an inordinate amount of time to wait for the theme park to open, this could be the perfect time to dive back into the studio's back catalogue.
Just last month, Netflix announced it would be uploading 21 Studio Ghibli films to its streaming service, adding them in three batches over the course of the next few months.
According to the BBC, the films will be available to anyone with a Netflix account 'outside of the US, Canada and Japan'.
From 1 February 2020, viewers will be able to watch Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales From Earthsea (2006).
Then, from 1 March, they'll also be able to feast on Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010) and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2013).
These will all be followed on 1 April by Pom Poko (1994), Whisper Of The Heart (1995), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (2008), From Up On Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013) and When Marnie Was There (2014).
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