Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke monsters, and a building marked “Cat Bus” have fans more excited than ever about Ghibli Park.

In Japan, character licensing for amusement parks pretty much goes like this. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney Sea, naturally, get all the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel characters. Tokyo’s Puroland handles Hello Kitty, her Sanrio friends and occasionally flesh-eating zombies. And Osaka’s Universal Studios gets almost everything else, such as Nintendo franchises, Final Fantasy, and Sailor Moon.

But you’ll notice that the anime films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are conspicuously absent from any existing theme park in Japan. That’s because Aichi Prefecture’s Nagakute City, near Nagoya, is building a dedicated Ghibli Park, and the first official concept art, as well as details regarding the park’s various themed areas, has now been released.

Greeting guests at the entrance will be a partial recreation of Howl’s Moving Castle, with steampunk elevators taking visitors into the park itself and onto a raised viewing platform. Expansive views will also be offered from the balconies of a full-size replica of the Chikyuya antique shop from Whisper of the Heart.

The real-life version of the house in which sisters Mei and Satsuki live in My Neighbor Totoro, which was originally built for the 2005 World’s Fair in Nagakute, is slated to be part of the “Totoro’s Hometown” area, and Nagoya-based broadcaster Tokai TV is also reporting that guests to the Ghibli Park will be able to visit the house in which little witch Kiki, of Kiki’s Delivery Service, grew up. While not specified in any written or verbal statement, more hints of what might be found in the park can be seen in the concept art in the above and below tweets, which show a Princess Mononoke zone where you can climb onto a contaminated spider beast or take a break at a fuedal-era teahouse, as well as a building with the words “Cat Bus” conspicuously painted on the exterior (dare we dream that the Ghibli Park will include a ridable Cat Bus?).

The inclusion of a run-of-the-mill spinning teacup ride notwithstanding, the concept art is brimming with the distinctive otherworldly intriguing yet mysteriously nostalgic Ghibli aesthetic, and the only serious complaint we have is that the park isn’t projected to open until 2022.

Sources: Asahi Shimbun Digital via Hachima Kiko, NHK News Web via Jin
Featured image: Twitter/@ tokai_newsone

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