As a massive Ghibli fan (I have all the movies etc), I absolutely cannot wait for the English dub of From Up On Poppy Hill to be released in the Western World!! ^_^
From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から Kokuriko-zaka Kara, literally “From Coquelicot Hill”) is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, and produced by Studio Ghibli, based on the serialized Japanese comic of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written by Tetsurō Sayama.
Set in Japan of the 1960s, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house, Coquelicot Manor. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school’s clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider. The film stars the voices of Masami Nagasawa as Umi, Junichi Okada as Shun and Shunsuke Kazama as Shirō.
Source – Wikipedia.
I especially love the father-son element to the film, as Hayao Miyazaki is nothing short of a genius!
It is also going to be the first Ghibli film released specifically for a Western audience that will not be distributed by Disney – it’s an exciting time for us Ghibli fans in the West at the moment, as GKIDS have secured the rights to release fourteen of the past Studio Ghibli titles over the coming years.
Their next shall be Grave of Fireflies – originally a double feature with My Neighbor Totoro, it’s great to hear that this film will finally get a billing that is all of its own. It is expected to happen some time this year.