Studio Ghibli Posts Monthly Neppū Magazine Online
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Studio Ghibli announced last Tuesday that it would begin distributing its Neppū magazine every month for free digitally, starting with its October issue published on Wednesday. The physical pamphlet has also been published and given out free for years, but it is only available at about 40 bookstores. After hearing from many people that Neppū is difficult to obtain, Ghibli responded by offering it digitally. However, Ghibli will only post the sections for which it has received permission to make available digitally.
Neppū is a monthly publication that gives fans an insider look into the Ghibli animation studio, with staff anecdotes, stories about life at the studio, and a look at the culture of animation as a whole. This month's issue focuses on the issue of digital versus print media, a possible Ghibli email newsletter, and other topics.
Also featured is Yomiuri Shimbun Group Representative Director Tsuneo Watanabe's retrospective on the late anime producer Seiichiro Ujiie. A discussion between Daisuke Tsuda, Mitsunori Sugihara, Tatsuya Inoue, and Nobuo Kawakami, as well as columns by Eiji Ohtsuka (MPD-Psycho) and other writers round out this month's issue. The October issue is available for digital pdf file download from October 10 to November 11.
In January, Neppū published an interview with studio founder Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Ponyo) about his latest work. In February, the publication featured the studio animators' opposition to nuclear power.