Studio Ghibli just made their grand entry on Twitter at the end of the year 2020. Hayao Miyazaki, the director of the studio himself wished fans a Happy New Year after the pandemic struck 2020 was finally ending. The director also drew a special image representing the defeat of the Coronavirus pandemic.
2021 being the year of the Ox, Hayao drew an ox that had 2021 painted on it. The ox was pinning down a spiky purple character who is wearing a mask indicating it is Hayao’s representation of the Coronavirus.
The tweet translates into; “Happy New Year everyone! We have just started Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter account. We will be sharing information about new works and small events happen at the studio. Please check here for latest updates.”
This New Year illustration was accompaied by a message from the Ghibli Studio :
“We would like to extend our sincere greetings to all of you, and thank you for always supporting Studio Ghibli.
The global coronavirus pandemic, which has been ongoing since last year, is yet to show signs of ending. There will be many people celebrating the New Year differently from usual years. Above all, medical professionals will be devoted to treating infected patients, regardless of it being the end-of-year holiday period. To them, we would like to express our deepest respect and profound gratitude.
Last year, for Studio Ghibli, we had more opportunities than usual to interact with everyone, through the TV broadcast of Goro Miyazaki’s latest work, ‘Earwig and the Witch’, the re-screening of four works including ‘Spirited Away’, the free distribution of still images, and full-scale digital distribution worldwide. Currently we live in a world where we continue to practice self-restraint due to coronavirus, we hope we were able to make you all smile, even if only a little bit.
In 2021, Studio Ghibli will begin work on Tuesday, 5 January. On this day, Hayao Miyazaki will celebrate his 80th birthday. Director Miyazaki is still fine and is working on production of the new movie ‘How Do You Live?’ every day.
Thank you for your continued support of Studio Ghibli and Studio Ghibli works this year.”
SOURCES : Studio Ghilbi twitter page.