Two years have passed since the Japanese release of When Marnie Was There, the last anime film from Studio Ghibli. The producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki may be taking some longer breaks between projects, but the company still exists. In fact, the producers are just working on some other projects.

A new piece of short Ghibli animation just came on air, a little teaser before the upcoming big movie. The picture transcends early Japanese paintings to Ghibli-style motion pictures. The painting is referred to as Choju-jinbutsu-giga, or Scrolls of Frolicking Animals, and it is arguably the first manga that was ever created. In the old 12th century, drawing tools were rare, a simple black paint brush and scroll defined paintings during that time. And with a touch of Ghibli’s magic, the first ever manga became a cute heartwarming animal animation.

The Encounter

As you might have already discovered, the significant details of the interaction and momentum between animals are definitely the work of Ghibli. It is rare for them to make ad commercials, but this time they collaborated with energy company Marubeni Shin Denryoku, promoting their goal towards low-pollution, renewable wind, water, and solar-based energy production. The Choju-jinbutsu-giga was chosen as a symbol to describe the beauty of the pre-industrial era in Japan.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.

丸紅新電力 鳥獣戯画「出会い」篇