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New Studio Ghibli TV Show Comes to Amazon

New Studio Ghibli TV Show Comes to Amazon

As if the founding of Studio Ponoc and impending release of Mary and the Witch’s Flower weren’t enough to assuage otaku’s fears of the Ghibli spirit maybe being gone for good. Amazon Prime has just revealed it’ll be exclusively streaming what may be the biggest production from the studio itself, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter. All 26 episodes will be available for streaming this January.

The project is an interesting crisscross of old and new. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro, it returns to a source of inspiration which Ghibli’s founder previously tried to fashion a project from. Ronja is based on an 80s childrens book by Sweden’s Astrid Lindgren, an author best known for creating another heroine, Pippi Longstocking. In the 70s, the elder Miyazaki unsuccessfully courted Lindgren for the rights to adapt Pippi into an anime series, so that makes this story doubly fitting for Ghibli’s first long-form show. As you’ll see in the trailer below, too, it’s also the first fully-CG production for the Studio, using a cel-shaded style to preserve that signature Ghibli look

If this clip didn’t convey the story in full for you, here’s the story synopsis from the book’s jacket…

On the night Ronja was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt’s castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy – for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronja learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt’s arch-enemy. Soon after Ronja and Birk become friends the worst quarrel ever between the rival bands erupts, and Ronja and Berk are right in the middle.

Amazon has brought in none other than Agent Scully to take over as the narrator for this English dub. Longtime fans may, of course, remember that she also voiced the wolf mother Moro in Miramax’s translation of Princess Mononoke.

Does Ronja look like a guaranteed binge watch? How do you like the CG style Goro and his crew have used for the series? Do share all your thoughts in the talkback.

Featured Image Credit: Studio Ghibli

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