Studio Ghibli is recruiting new employees for their animation, ink and Paint, and art departments, to start work in April of 2000. The suggested age is 18 to 25, and it is not necessary to be Japanese, although near-fluent Japanese speech ability is. The deadline for interested applicants is the beginning of September. Interested parties that can read Japanese (it's required anyway) can get more information at this address.
Several new CD's and books on The Yamadas and other Ghibli-related subjects are being released soon. The CD single of the opening theme by Akiko Yano ("Hitori Bocchi wa Yameta" - I Quit Being Alone), the full soundtrack 2 CD set ("Kanai Anzen wa Sekai no Negai" - The World Wishes for a Peaceful Home), the Special Soundtrack Album ("Yoshi, Ghibli to Issho ni Tsukuruzo!" - Alright, Let's Make It With Ghibli!), and Classical Album ("Raku Ikitara" - Why Don't You Live Easy?) were all released on July 1, and the three albums' first pressings will come with a special paper case cover and super picture label.
Tokuma Shoten is also releasing several books, including Mononoke Hime kara HohokekyoTonari no Yamada-Kun he (From Princess Mononoke to My Neighbors the Yamadas) by Kengo Nakamura, Eiga wo Tsukiri nagara Kangaeta Koto II, 1991-1999 (The Things I Thought While Making Films 2) by Isao Takahata (compiled articles and interviews), Studio Ghibli no Producer (The Producer of Studio Ghibli) by Itsuki Ando, "Yamadas" Film Comic, Roman Album, and Tokuma Anime Ehon (Picture book) are all due out in the next few months.
Helen McCarthy's new book on Hayao Miyazaki is also set to be released in September. Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, according to the author, contains a biography, a filmography and more. A 220 page paperback, the Stone Bridge Press publication will retail for $18.95.