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Kiki's Delivery Service Novel Series to End in October

posted on 2009-08-02 11:39 EDT
Eiko Kadono pens 6th & last novel 24 years after 1st which inspired Ghibli film

Japan's Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers have announced online that author Eiko Kadono will complete in October the sixth and final book in her Majo no Takkyūbin novel series — the same series whose first novel inspired Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli to create their Kiki's Delivery Service film. Kadono published the first Majo no Takkyūbin novel about a witch's express home delivery service over 24 years ago in January of 1985, and that book led to Ghibli's anime film adaptation in 1989.

Kadano has since written five more novels, including the upcoming Sorezore no Tabidachi (Each and Every Departure) with Miho Satake's illustrations. Fukuinkan confirms that the series will end with this final book when it ships at the beginning of October.

Annick Press published the first novel with an English translation by Lynne E. Riggs in 2003. That same year, Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney released Ghibli's film on DVD in North America. Ponyo, Miyazaki's latest animated film, will open in North America theaters on August 14.

Image © 2006 Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers
Illustration © Miho Satake 2009

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