Since it was announced that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki's final film, I have been anticipating the release of the art book. Viz Media announced last week, via the Anime News Network, that they would be publishing The Art of The Wind Rises on 8th April - which is just days away - for the price of $34.00 USD/$39.99 CAN.
Of course if you decide to pre-order on Amazon you get a small but lovely discount at $26.78 (plush S&H of course).
This may very well be one of the more important Art of Books to collect in the Ghibli family, right along with Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro (both of which are also by Viz Media), though the quality of the content is of course subjective as evidenced by my Art of Kiki's Delivery Service review.
One thing's for sure, once I get my hands on this one you can expect to see a review on this book.
The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli artbooks, which includes interviews, concept sketches, and finished animation cels from classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.
The Wind Rises is Miyazaki’s love letter to the power of flight and the imagination, an examination of the rise of Japan’s military might in the years leading up to the Second World War, and a call for worldwide peace and harmony in the face of destruction. This book captures the art of the film, from conception to production, and features in-depth interviews with the filmmakers (Amazon).