Miyazaki Remains Oblivious To Ghibli Films' Twitter Records
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's 1986 anime film Laputa: Castle in the Sky set a world record on Twitter in 2013 when the film reaired on TV. Users on 2channel and other forums gathered together to tweet the pivotal word “balse” at the same moment that the main characters Pazu and Sheeta chant the word at the climax of the film. This set a record of 143,199 tweets per second.
This wasn't the first time the film set records on Twitter. It obviously maintains a special place in Japanese viewers hearts. The film is showing again next week, and Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed director Hayao Miyazaki is none the wiser about these fan showings of excitement. Suzuki stated that he's never told Miyazaki about the fan tradition despite his own enjoyment of it. Other members of the staff haven't said anything about it to the director either.
It's possible the staff neglected to tell the director because of his disdain for technology. In 2008, he stated he didn't even own a computer and followed up in 2010 with some very unsavory remarks about the iPad.
[Via Rocket News 24]