The Haunted Tower – Miyazaki Hayao Book Review

Posted By yonghow on November 23rd, 2015

The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book

Note : This is NOT an art book.

The Haunted Tower (幽霊塔) is a Japanese novel by Edogawa Ranpo, adapted from the 1898 novel A Woman in Grey by A.M. Williamson. Miyazaki Hayao read the novel when he was in middle school and it left him with deep impressions, and he used some of the ideas from the novel in his first anime film Lupin the Third : The Castle of Cagliostro, in 1979.

This book is the novel by Edogawa and it features accompanying illustrations by Miyazaki-san, some of which are on display at the exhibition of the same name at the Ghibli Museum, on until May 2016.

The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book
The Haunted Tower - Miyazaki Hayao Book

Now that Ghibli Studios is no longer making animated films and Miyazaki-san is officially retired, any new work by him is always highly welcomed. All the illustrations that are found in the book is reproduced in the images above, which isn’t a lot, but folks who love his illustrations will still find it of interest.

The Haunted Tower exhibition will be on till 2016 May – official website here.

“The Haunted Tower – Miyazaki Hayao Book” details :

– Dimensions – 21.2 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
– Hardcover, 320 pages
– in Japanese language

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3 Responses to “The Haunted Tower – Miyazaki Hayao Book Review”

Mario

“Now that Ghibli Studios is no longer making animated films…” I don’t have access to japanese sources, but as far as I understand, the question is not so definitive and tragic (because it would be really tragic if it were true).
Wikipedia says: “On August 3, 2014, Toshio Suzuki announced that Studio Ghibli would take a “brief pause” to re-evaluate and restructure in the wake of Miyazaki’s retirement. He stated some concerns about where the company would go in the future. This has led to speculation that Studio Ghibli will never produce another feature film again. On November 7, 2014, Miyazaki stated, “That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features.””

Apart from that, I like very much Miyazaki-san illustrations for this novel. I particularly like the little guy/pig with white moustaches and beard… 🙂

yonghow

Mario – It would be sad indeed if Ghibli Studios no longer create animated films. Miyazaki-san has mentioned that he would still be drawing comics and be involved with projects at Ghibli Museum, so all is not lost. :]

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