Studio Ghibli’s latest anime film When Marnie Was There directed by 41-year-old Hiromasa Yonebayashi opened in Japan with 461 screens on July 19 and earned a very disappointing 379,000,000 yen (about US$3,734,000) with 285,200 ticket sales in its first weekend. It took third place in the weekend box office following Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction in 1st and Maleficent in 2nd. The result was only 42% of his first feature film The Secret World of Arrietty, which made about 900,000,000 yen with 680,000 tickets in its opening weekend on July 17-18, 2010, in 447 screens.
For the past couple of weeks, it has been strongly rumored that Toshio Suzuki, Ghibli’s producer and co-founder, is now seriously considering the closure of the anime production division of the internationally acclaimed studio, after the retirement of his long-time colleague Hayao Miyazaki. In the latest episode of his “Ghibli Asemamire” podcast posted on June 27 before the release of the film, he actually said that the future of Ghibli depended on the results (both box office and critics) of When Marnie Was There.
Well, I haven’t seen almost any ads for it. In comparison, Kaze Tachinu ads were everywhere and I even saw some promos for Kaguya-hime Monogatari which came out not long after and was subsequently not as popular (in my area). All the info I have for this film comes from tumblr, and I didn’t even know it was already in theaters here. That said, everyone should check out the trailer, because it looks really good.
(FYI I can’t actually read CrunchyRoll because they have Japan blocked as far as I can tell, so this is in response to what I can see on tumblr)
It occurs to me Tortall has absolutely no qualms against necromancy at all. Neither Daine nor Thom get any backlash against their ‘raising dead things’ life choices, and even Blayce is frowned upon for the whole murdering children aspect, not the ‘using undead souls to fuel his death machines’.
Well, and the death machines, but not the whole undead bit. That part’s ok.
Well, it’s wrong to wake dead people up, and to imprison them, but there’s a very simply answer to why the whole necromancy thing isn’t popular.
Haven’t you noticed that no one gets to do it for very long, or very successfully?
Roger and Thom tinker with it for, what, 2-3 years? They die. Blayce, ditto. Daine was gifted with it under a limited-term contract by a goddess with a grudge to pay off.
It takes a lot of power to raise anyone from the dead, and those who do don’t get to do it for very long. The mechanism of the Black God taking back what is his may be as subtle as a lady knight coming into her own, but no one survives very long usurping the god’s power.
If they show sports events at bars why don’t they show tv shows?
someone should get to making a fandom bar.
no but can you imagine? fandom themed drinks, tv show maraton nights, discount to cosplayers, and special season finale events.
WHY ISNT THIS A THING??!!
and on that day. Humanity received a grim reminder.
I don’t want to make you sad but may I point out you could also move to Japan
Like, that’s a Final Fantasy parfait from the Square Enix cafe near my place (they also have themed cocktails) and
that’s a Nausicaa beer from Ghibli, and there are lots of themed cafes and bars here in Tokyo including Alice in Wonderland, Capcom, Ninja, and Robot-Burlesque. Basically it exists but you’re in the wrong place.
Elliot sat on the fence bisecting two fields and brooded tragically over his wrongs.
He had been taken away from geography class, one of his most interesting classes, to take some kind of scholarship test out in the wild. A woman in odd clothing had ‘tested’ him by asking him if he could see a wall standing in the middle of a field. When he told her “Obviously, because it’s a wall. Walls tend to be obvious” she had pointed out other people blithely walking through the wall as if it was not there, and told him that he was one of the chosen few with the sight.
“Are you telling me that I have magical powers?” Elliot had asked, extremely excited for a moment, and then he added: “… because I can’t walk through walls? That doesn’t seem right.”
After gushing about it to my friends all week, I realized I should link The Turn of The Story, a novel-length fantasy story Sarah Rees Brennan has been posting online in parts. I’ve been enthusiastically recommending her works, especially the Lynburn Legacy series, to anyone interested in the genre for a while, but this one has really gone above and beyond in addressing issues like sexism and the perpetuation of violence while being chock-full of Sarah Rees Brennan’s usual wit and sarcasm. I’m dying for the next part. (Mark has also read most of this series)
i want so badly to ignore this and just get on with my life, considering that i’m in the midst of tour and traveling the US right now, but it’s clear that I can’t escape this. this is a very long post, i am keeping it under a cut.
additionally, at least until tumblr moves on from this, my askbox is off. it is a nightmare. i can’t deal with it right now.
so. I was an invited panelist at Dashcon, and I was on 10 panels over the weekend. my name is mark, I run Mark Reads and Mark Watches, and have been doing so for 5 years next month. (HOLY SHIT THAT IS A LONG TIME.) I have been attending cons for over a decade and been speaking at them as a panelist or a guest since 2011. Including my own tour events outside of cons, I have participated in over 150 “panels,” ranging from 50 minutes to 4 hours. I’m including this upfront because I’ve already been accused of being a 16-year-old nobody who doesn’t know what he’s doing at cons and is ruining fandom. Also, I’m apparently white and straight. ALSO THIS IS A MESS.
and then there’s the opposite end where you finally work up the courage and contact someone about a piece you really enjoyed like ‘hey this was great, are you planning to make more?’ and the creator is like “fuk u how many times i hav 2 tell u ppl i dont do that anymore and i dont talk abt it” like okay I will never message a creator ever again ever