Many anime creators and companies have been ringing in 2020 with greetings and illustrations. Studio Ghibli got in on the occasion with an illustration by Hayao Miyazaki, who whipped up the drawing above to commemorate the Year of the Rat. In addition to looking back at the year behind us, Ghibli casually mentioned the fact that they have two films in production.
This came as a surprise, because we previously only knew about Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film adaptation of How Do You Live?, which is about 15 percent complete. There’s no word about what this other film is, so we’ll have to wait for a formal announcement to find out what they have cooking.
Since the rat zodiac serves as a symbol of prosperity and fertility, Ghibli hopes we can leave the disasters of 2019 behind us and that the “stagnating society will be renewed.” Very cheerful!