News Commentary of "The Cat Returns"

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Here is a page picked up some articles related to the "The Cat Returns" reported with newspaper in Japan.
Excuse: These English sentences are temporary translations, not read easily still very much. I want to revision them neatly some day. Thanks.


Date
Source
Summary of articles
August 20, 2005

Hochi Newspapers, Tokyo Chunichi Sports, and Sankei Sports, etc.
Sankei Sports
Though "The Cat Returns" is telecasted first by Nippon Television Network Corporation system "Premiere on Friday" on August 26, 2005, article that comes to serve as navigator post of the program by Reina TANAKA(15) of Rika ISHIKAWA(20) of Biyuden Units and MorningMUSUME, and reported on the collection scenery. In the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo of Tokyo and Koto Ward that came in the collection place, "Castle and large circus exhibition where Howl moves" is holding it.
Premiere schedule on Friday from which three short works of Ghibli such as "Nandaro" besides "The Cat Returns" are broadcast
December 09, 2003

Tokyo Chunichi Sports
Content that reports that pop promo of new song "Parade" of Ayano TSUJI that sings theme song of "The Cat Returns" was completed. Do the be on the air of the tune used with this video in CM of printer "Picsas" of Canon Inc. that appears Kyoko HASEGAWA. This tune is a famous piece of music where Tatsuro Yamashita who had been thrown by the ending of "O funny family" that took the world by storm before hid oneself. When this video is produced, Ayano TSUJI accomplishes facing with Tatsuro Yamashita. It is said that it was moved deeply , saying that "Weight that was active for years in the first line was felt".
July 06, 2003

Sports Nippon
Article to which Yoshihiko HAKAMADA that performed voice of Baron in commemoration of DVD sale of "The Cat Returns" did talk show in Akihabara. It appears with the Hiroyuki MORITA supervisor. It was spoken, "The excitement that still served as the Voice Actor of the Ghibli work is not forgotten though one year passed from collection and disclosing the post recording".
However, the specific gravity of Asuka SETO of the actress regarded that Mr. HAKAMADA associates is higher, and the part of the latter half of the article is spared to the verification of the rumor that the affirmative and the denial are not done as a content of the article.

June 27, 2003

The Yomiuri Shimbun evening newspaper
Sale information on "The Cat Returns" DVD introduced in the Yomiuri Shimbun evening newspaper "Evening special".
June 17, 2003

Hochi Newspapers
Article that it precedes sale of DVD of "The Cat Returns" on July 4, 2003, and staff of Ghibli did business prosperity in wave division () Shinto shrine in Tokyo and reclaimed land. Because it prays for DVD of the gSpirited Away" put on the market last year here, and it became 5.5 million total hit, of and.
December 16, 2002

Hochi Newspapers
Article that reported that the third during two years of Chizuru IKEWAKI photograph collection "Straight" is put on the market. Finding:"Adult Chizuru IKEWAKI. "

September 01, 2002

The Yomiuri Shimbun Sunday edition
"The Cat Returns" introduction article by junior high school student journalist introduced in "Junior Press" corner of the Yomiuri Shimbun Sunday edition. After the introduction of the outline of the story, the impression "Because the hero who had grown up a little was seen, the thigh was every day when the reality was nonchalant and decided and did not think to be useless" is described.

August 22, 2002

The Sankei Shimbun
Notification article on holding "The Cat Returns exhibition" in exhibition space at Tokyo and Matduzakaya department store.

August 16, 2003

Mainichi Shimbun
Interview article on Chizuru IKEWAKI that serves as heroine's Haru post. It introduces the career from the debut as Rihausgarl of Mitsui Real Estate Development to the first challenge to the Voice Actor by "The Cat Returns" in 1997. In the Voice Actor of the first challenge, it is said that it was possible to act by enjoying it though it had a hard time because of the timing match of the serif. 20 years old is passed and, up to now, the wicked woman etc. have shown the desire to want to expand the width of the activity as the actress as talking etc. that it wants to perform the post that has not been done. However, I who performs a devilish woman say that it is not imaginable yet.

August 16, 2002

Akahata of communist party organization magazine
Interview article to Hiroyuki MORITA supervisor of "The Cat Returns". Akahata of the communist party organization magazine is ardent to the introduction of the article on "The Cat Returns" why.
As for doing various detours going to Tokyo from the episode at high school days after it graduates of the university, and coming to participation in Ghibli from "My Neighbors The Yamadas" and the duty of the supervisor of "The Cat Returns", the mind of a desire that disregards and is present when producing is indifferently talked about.

Mr. MORITA screened the amateur animated cartoon in a cultural festival of the high school though he said, own "..withdrawing thought.. for a long time". Then, it is felt admiration by the classmate who doesn't usually have association, and it is said, "And, became an animated cartoon with the dark".

Mr. MORITA who went to Tokyo aiming at animator after it had graduated from the university in Fukuoka temporarily became free production though he entered. It has been wandering in various work for animation, the original picture, production, and 14 years. The world of animator is severe. It is irregular, and work is long working hours, and:Low wage. ¢Work of animator is not good at all at all. Life was always poor though it married in a single age or the child was born. It has lived making use of the desire said that the person is pleased to make a desire that it manages to do it and an interesting animated cartoon. £¡ It is admitted that any hobby is not, and is crazy about work.

It will serve as the supervisor of Studio Ghibli entering and "The Cat Returns" to participate in the original picture of "My Neighbors The Yamadas" in 1999. However, it is said that it was not expected too much at first. It works by MIYAZAKI supervisor's gSpirited Away" and going side by side simultaneously at that time. I hear that the MORITA supervisor also thought "The Cat Returns" to be thought "Only have to sell ..the video.. ..the level.." ..it is.. ..whether located.. ..seeming having been said until lend the staff of "Cat" at the time of driving in "Chihiro".. ..becoming the masterpiece...

The evaluation of surroundings changed entirely, and however, after the scenario was settled and the picture continuity was completed, it was located and the theater disclosing in 250 theaters was decided a next work of "Chihiro" performing, too. ¢Still, pleasure was a moment. After ..really good.., the said pressure was larger. So as not to look saucy as much as possible, it paid attention (laughter). £Though supervisor's slight standpoint is guessed to the place in which it talks, Hats supervisor work seems that it was able to finish it up the modest character.

The MORITA supervisor : about "The Cat Returns". ¢I wanted to do 1 and 2 to an anyway optimistic work. If something can be felt in changing hero Haru, it is glad. £It comments. ¢Animator is done. I want to think, 'Having had a hard time up to now was a preparation to be good this day of today'. It might be that time now. £It recollects it. The interview journalist criticizes and is connecting the MORITA supervisor with "Candid man of the world". (dissemination: Mr. Tsusima)
August 15, 2003

Tokyo Shimbun evening newspaper
The introduction article of theme song "Become it in the style" of "The Cat Returns" on Mr. Ayano TSUJI who is. It will be because it did not reach it diminutive ..the ukulele and the fate.. ..meeting.., and is announced the episode though it belongs to the high school, the university, and the folk song part, and it wanted to strum the guitar. As for the style that put on a light tempo of the ukulele and was expressed, how that it is likely to become "Heal" of a new type to connect it is done.


August 04, 2003

Akahata of communist party organization magazine
Interview article to Hiroyuki MORITA supervisor. This article is a composition where the emphasis of the work of the Hiroyuki MORITA supervisor is put. It goes back until it graduates from the university in MORITA supervisor's high school student age and it joins the animated cartoon production in Tokyo, and the hardship that coils round the animated cartoon making is dug up.
Though it doesn't forget the point that actually attaches marketed as "Hayao MIYAZAKI project" though it seems to be Akahata of the communist party organization magazine, and serves as the supervisor either, it is ..going out.. . though ..MORITA supervisor.. place in which it throws , saying that "If it is possible to see because I am modest man, it is good in it" makes it do.
¢I think that it can make throwing in the one seen in our lines of vision different again from Mr. MIYAZAKI and Mr./Ms. Takahata, and encouraging. To oneself and the movie because it supports and it can be courage£It is connected by the word supervisor.

July 31, 2002

Mainichi Shimbun
Introduction article on "The Cat Returns". Introduction of matter that MORITA supervisor bore in mind etc.It is assumed to a work without relation from beginning to end brightly that it is the one by the policy of MORITA supervisor's "I wanted to do the work without a bright, optimistic shadow" that it was finished a tragic but brave feeling and seriously. Haru is a child who doesn't have the thought perseverance, and "High school girl nowadays" is said coming in succession the appearance and as it is. Haru is a girl named the child who doesn't hold out and the circle to which it grows up heading to targets. It criticizes when having become a unique heroine image that is not an orthodox coming-of-age tale. It ..understanding of pig's joke in the foreign country with Muta.. encounters and Oti ..overseas disclosing.. ..".. is applied by the comment on the wry smile of the supervisor named" at the end of the article.

July 29, 2002

The Yomiuri Shimbun evening newspaper
Introduction article on "The Cat Returns". Outline and others of story.
This Hiroyuki MORITA supervisor's debut work is said, grandeur and an exact route of the Princess Mononoke, the gSpirited Away", and the followed Hayao MIYAZAKI supervisor are contrasted "World of lightness". The key word in the MIYAZAKI animated cartoon is too self-assertive in a climax flight scene the back match to the lack of the ocean and the enhancement feeling or imagination shortages in the scene in the ballroom dance and the maze, too and it criticizes to Houdai and Kechonkechon that wants to say as originality shortage etc. though this "Lightness" can enjoy getting off the fast track.
, saying that "There is a small shine that the MIYAZAKI work has lost in this short piece" though it follows, the shine is to prepare breakfast instead of start living in the private time by Haru = do not oversleep = mother when a variety of saying. It is a shine. It is not or when man wants to catch these kind of things and a small message lightly, is concluded well small. And .


July 26, 2002

Asahi Shimbun evening newspaper
Introduction article on "The Cat Returns". The article is composed of the interview form to the Hiroyuki MORITA supervisor.
It is described to turn, and to have borne it in mind even if the peculiar characteristic of the original is made the best use of as a story that coils round "It is not to compare it because I am a new figure supervisor" or the eagle and production for the question "Pressure as the supervisor of the work that continues after 'Chihiro'" hearing female staff's opinion because the original is girls' comics. As the story, an exaggerated theme "Story that grows up" etc. doesn't hang, and when small happiness in the trifle, happiness of fine and feeling quite oneself, and daily life was put in the last of the story, be connected only because it goes to cat's country and it comes back.


July 21, 2002

Hochi Newspapers, Nikkan Sports, Tokyo Chunichi Sports, and each newspaper like Sankei Sports Sports Nippon daily sports etc.
"The Cat Returns" was cut on July 20, 2002 and the seal was cut on 358 nationwide screens. Hibiya Cinema in Tokyo and Yurakucho becomes full as 700 spectators including the staying up all night class of 250 people. Chizuru IKEWAKI of the Haru post and Yoshihiko HAKAMADA of the Baron post passed and the stage greeting passed. Though the MORITA supervisor did not stand in the stage greeting, Hochi Newspapers expressed this, "Works talk most eloquently ¥¥¥ first supervisor's Mr. MORITA greeting attendance refusal". The number of mobilizations at the first day : compared with the gSpirited Away" though is half. It is said that it is a smooth start for the box-office profit 10 billion yen line that Toho of the distribution sets.
Though each sports newspaper newspaper reported on the pattern of "The Cat Returns" first day, as many as 13 summer vacation movies had been disclosed on this day, and there was a big difference in the treatment. Great expectations are put as it reports on the appearance on that day in detail as it is Hochi Newspapers, Sankei Sports that treated on a large scale, and a long procession can do under going out of large number of people's staying up all night class and hot weather, and box-office profit also takes an optimistic view of excess for 10 billion yen. It became a composition matched to the disclosing first day of another work though Tokyo Chunichi Sports also treated comparatively on a large scale. The treatment of another paper was only reported to the apology extent of most small ,.

Hochi Newspapers

Nikkan Sports

Sankei Sports

Sports Nippon

Tokyo Chunichi Sports

Daily sports
July 10, 2002

Hochi Newspapers, Nikkan Sports, Tokyo Chunichi Sports, and each newspaper like Sankei Sports Sports Nippon daily sports etc.
July 9, 2002:Article that reports that the preview of a general debut of "The Cat Returns" was done in Tokyo International Forum. Chizuru IKEWAKI and Tetsuro TANBA that served as the heroine post greeted and the stage greeted it. The reaction was rolled by big applause after it was splendid, and screening ended and took place as laughter leaked from the spectator unexpectedly in the work screening.
There was the latest work of the Studio Ghibli following the gSpirited Away", too and each sports newspaper newspaper reported all together. It is Tokyo Chunichi Sports that spared biggest space the treatment of other paper was comparatively small though Hochi Newspapers also had treated comparatively on a large scale.

Tokyo Chunichi Sports

Hochi Newspapers

Nikkan Sports

Sankei Sports

Sports Nippon

Daily sports
July 05, 2002

The Yomiuri Shimbun evening newspaper
"The Cat Returns" disclosing commemoration published in all aspects of evening newspaper on Friday of the Yomiuri Shimbun two feature. Various desires that coil round the production of "The Cat Returns" "Ghiblies episode2" are introduced centering on the interview article to the Toshio Suzuki producer. The start obviously : about the process that the project that started assuming that the detective of the short story becomes the theater version long "The Cat Returns". It is evaluated high about new figure supervisor's Mr. Hiroyuki MORITA, "Grope for 'The Cat Returns' (Though it is a certain project of Mr. Hayao MIYAZAKI) to do an approach different from Mr. MIYAZAKI who is not mini MIYAZAKI work". The age of both works sent off in the age of now also is referred with "Ghiblies episode2". There is an advertisement concerning DVD of the gSpirited Away" from which the sale is begun on the day before it discloses, too.
June 26, 2002

Nikkan Sports and Sankei Sports, etc.
Sankei Sports
Interview of finished report of "Ghiblies episode2" (Yoshiyuki MOMOSE supervisor) screened by "The Cat Returns" and double feature. The Toshio Suzuki producer says, "Pay attention very much thanks to you as the following work of 'Chihiro'", and : about this year's rival movie "Star Wars". ¢It considers it. Episode 2 here is more interesting. £It is said that it was be full of confidence solving. Moreover, it was clarified to "The Cat Returns" "Ghiblies episode2" also that the screening offer had already reached from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
June 14, 2002

Sports Nippon
Advertisement. The release date has been decided on July 20, 2002. Screening simultaneously:"Ghiblies episode2". A similar advertisement will go out on Friday thereafter.
June 1, 2002

Akahata of communist party organization magazine
Interview article to Toshio Suzuki producer. Every day when it cannot sleep until 3 AM is spent as a production producer of "The Cat Returns" "Ghiblies episode2". About Mr. MORITA of the new figure supervisor appointed by Mr. Hayao MIYAZAKI's nomination¢Bet as Ghibli. It is Haraharadokidoki. £Say..mini..movie..make..expectation..exclude..have.Additionally, the episode coiled round between producer Suzuki and Mr. MIYAZAKI of Mr. Takahata also :.
March 27, 2002

Hochi Newspapers, Nikkan Sports, Tokyo Chunichi Sports, and each Sports Nippon newspaper
Hochi Newspapers
In the Studio Ghibli about the production symposium of "The Cat Returns". The actress and Chizuru IKEWAKI that the voice of new and powerful Mr. Hiroyuki MORITA and the heroine performed to the serial drama of NHK morning perform the supervisor. It is said that Chizuru IKEWAKI was familiar with the cartoon of Aoi Hiiragi from the school child age.
January 08, 2002

Tokyo Shimbun evening newspaper

A noteworthy work of the distribution work includes "The Cat Returns" in 2002 of Toho.

December 14, 2001

Nikkan Sports and Sankei Sports and others

Sankei Sports
The distribution lineup is announced in 2002 of Toho. It was clarified that the Studio Ghibli new "The Cat Returns" was disclosed in early summer in 2002. The gHowl's Moving Castle" has scheduled disclosing in the spring of 2003.





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