This book is the complete collection of storyboards from Ghibli director Isao Takahata’s highly acclaimed anime film, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya ( かぐや姫の物語 ). The storyboards are roughed out by Isao Takahata and further refined by Ghibli animator Osamu Tanabe.
Due to the lengthy duration of the film and the pages required to cover all the content, this storyboard book is very thick running at 888 pages, one of the biggest of the Ghibli storyboard books.
( below ) A quick crash course in the language of anime storyboards and how to read them.
(above) The drawings are accompanied by lots of Takahata’s handwritten notes but for me they are much less legible than Miyazaki-san’s handwriting !
(above) Like all Ghibli storyboard books the thick volume come housed in a cardboard slipcase.
Princess Kaguya isn’t an easy film to watch ( or re-watch ) because of it’s poignant and moving story but this is also one of the hallmarks of Takahata’s films, like Graveyard Of The Butterflies. The free-flowing animation style is breathtaking and the storyboard book is an excellent way of appreciating the film in still images. Very highly recommended.
Also be sure to check out the official “Art Of” book for Princess Kaguya.
– Dimensions – 8.6 x 6 x 1.9 inches
– 888 pages
– Soft cover with cardboard slipcase
– B&W, in Japanese
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