Everybody’s favourite animation studio and the factory of dreams, Studio Ghibli, announced the sad passing of their long-time animator and colour designer Michiyo Yasuda this month at the age of 77. But quickly after hitting us with this devastating news, they made an announcement that could help lift our spirits up and away.
Ronia The Robber's Daughter, a 26-episode animated TV series released in Japan in 2014 and co-produced by Ghibli, has been picked up by Amazon Prime. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, the series will be released on Amazon’s video streaming service later this year after being dubbed into English, with Gillian Anderson on board as the narrator.
The series is based on the 1981 novel by Astrid Lindgren, the author of the beloved Pippi Longstocking books, and follows the trials and tribulations of a gang of woodland thieves led by the titular Ronia, who strikes a Romeo and Juliet style friendship with Birk, the son of the rival clan chief.
Watch the Japanese trailer below:
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