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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421500493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421500492
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.


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Format: Hardcover
I just received this in the mail today and it is right on time! I am so excited about this purchase, it is absolutely beautiful and a lot bigger than I imagined. I knew this would be the perfect gift for my boyfriend. The artwork is stunning and this will definitely be cherished and loved for a long time. It is a very sturdy book and reminds me of a textbook; However, this is definitely a lot more interesting to read and flip through. I think i'll be buying more books like this in the near future:) Thanks Amazon!!
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Beautiful book. The artwork is amazing and inspiring. Truly a wonderful find and would also make a fantastic gift for a fan. It's build is very sturdy and I am completely satisfied with my purchase!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandy on Oct. 17 2012
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Pretty great - I didn't expect it to be so big! I would definitely recommend this book to any Hayao Miyazaki fan's. It's a great book with beautiful art.
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By Sizzling on June 30 2015
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Good quality!
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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Book for a Beautiful Movie - Great insights straight from the animators. Aug. 6 2005
By Sonomi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle is a perfect compendium of almost everything having to do with the movie and artwork. The only thing lacking is of course, is the gorgeous soundtrack from the movie. (For that I recommend purchasing the Ost [IMPORT] Howl's Moving Castle Audio CD and listening to it while you peruse this beautiful book.)

Anyone who is a fan of the movie, Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, the artwork, and the screenplay will LOVE this book.

Here is why this book is really worth every penny:

CONTENTS:

Intro

- Production Synopsis

Part 1

- Contains Miyazaki's storyboards. His original concept sketches of the characters, backgrounds, and settings. You get to see the original artwork from the creator's mind. A chance to marvel at Miyazaki's inventiveness, and appreciate the Studio Ghibli animators' talents in bringing it to life on screen.

Part 2

- Neary 200 pages of beautifully printed scenes from the movie (all in color of course, glossy, crisp), following the entire storyline from start to finish, in a very clean layout. Each scene from the movie has concept art, sketches, and final prints. Nice printing, the rich colors and gorgeous artwork of the movie are beautifully intact. Large images, including a few two-page spreads (one of Howl in resting in bed after his "traumatic" hair experience.) *If you are keen to revisit the scenes from the movie, you will definetely not find this book to be lacking, it is chock full of images.

- All scenes have text captions and many include insights from the Studio Ghibli's artists and animators on how they worked to achieve Miyazaki's desired artistic effect. Also a very interesting section of the studio's use of CGI (using CG "(not to create reality but to) ...add realism to the animiation")

- Also full page prints of Japanese promotional posters at the end.

Part 3

- Contains the entire english screenplay of the movie (in case you wanted to see whether you missed anything). Again, nice layout.

(There IS in fact both a hardcover and softcover version of this book, however the softcover I have only seen in the all-Japanese version so far, maybe the english version will be published in softcover in the *future.

- *This tidbit written in Aug. 2005)
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Not essential, but still a good book. March 13 2006
By Eel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of the film Howl's Moving Castle, I was delighted to see this book being sold so cheap here on Amazon. The book is hardback, and overall, well presented.

My only complaint with the book is that the majority of it only contains stills from the film. They look great, of course, but I was hoping there would be more concept work, as well as pages dedicated to just backgrounds, as they were some of the most beautiful ones I had ever seen in an animated film.

In a nutshell: A good book with some beautiful art, which is cheap, though it contains mainly stills from the film, not a lot of concept work.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
impeccable artbook! June 2 2011
By charlene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice. Really nice. As you open the pages, you'll see full traditional watercolor paintings of the castle, the backgrounds, and everything. The first part are character designs and sketches, then more to the finer ones, then movie stills. The latter part includes some digital enhancements on the movie. Plus of course, the movie script. This artbook is really a good find, I tell you. Although I must say, Spirited Away's Artbook is much better; but this is still as good as it can get. Of course, it's Studio Ghibli! :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle April 6 2007
By Claudia Cazorla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you loved the movie, you will love this book, The Art of Howl's Moving Castle it's hard cover, with original sketches, storyboards and the final screenplay!

The book explains every step of the complex story, from the original book adaptation to the final movie. Also have quotes and articles from creators of each process (designers, art directors, supervising animators, etc.) It's like seeing the movie scene by scene with artist commentaries.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book March 23 2007
By Maulik V. Kataria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Being a great Miyazaki fan I really love this book. Even though majority of the books is filled with movie stills, I love it. I revisit those pictures in the books and get myself lost in the beauty of colors. Also being a student of animation, I really get to learn a lot of things. Character concepts and other drawings are really helpful. I highly recommend this book for anybody who likes stories, animation and colors.


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