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Let's Admire The Beauty of Studio Ghibli

This month Studio Ghibli launched galleries for some of its most famous films—a total of four hundred high-quality screenshots.

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On the official page Studio Ghibli writes that people are free to use the images “within the realm of accepted practice.” Meaning? The famed animation studio has uploaded them for fair use: You can likely upload these to Twitter or use in a blog post when discussing the movies, but probably shouldn’t print them on t-shirts to sell.

In Japan, animation companies can be notoriously strict about the use of their images, so it’s nice to see Studio Ghibli making these high-quality screenshots available for fair use.

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The galleries are for When Marnie Was Here, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Wind Rises, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo, Tales from Earthsea, and Spirited Away.

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The screenshots really provide an opportunity to admire the beauty of Studio Ghibli, especially the studio’s backgrounds and scenery.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

When I was a freshman in college, I took a course that required us to go to a theater and watch Castle In the Sky. Up until that point I had never even heard of Studio Ghibli, and to say that I was moved would be an understatement. This was pre-internet, so I had no way of knowing that there was company dedicated to making these exquisite pieces of craft, and didn’t find out about them or Hayao Miyazaki until Princess Mononoke... and been a fan ever since. I’d be hard pressed to think of any animators who can imbue their films with such love and character- from a visual perspective, nothing seems to be left to chance, tacked-on or poorly thought out. These stills definitely drive that home.