Announcement regarding third instalment of Marubeni Group corporate image animation produced by Studio Ghibli, Inc.

Nov. 18. 2016
Marubeni Corporation

The Marubeni Group, together with Studio Ghibli, Inc. (“Studio Ghibli”), has produced a series of animations to convey its corporate image as a group that contributes to regional economies and society. This third and final instalment, The Journey Continues, follows the first and second animations that were announced in March and June, 2016, respectively.


This newly released third animation shows the frog and the hare that met and deepened their bond in the previous episodes quarrel and become friends again. As with the previous two episodes, this is a new Studio Ghibli production for which Mr. Katsuya Kondo, who worked as the supervising animator on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, produced the composition and illustrations. The accompanying music was composed and performed again by leading Japanese pianist, Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, but is a different melody from before.


From its foundation in 1858 to the present, the Marubeni Group has aimed to contribute to regional economies and society through its diverse business activities. Underlying this commitment is the unchanging spirit of its employees to play a part in building a prosperous society and enriching the lives of people.


The Marubeni Group will continue to make someone in the world happy and to further enrich society through its business activities while aiming to become a true global company that contributes to both regional economies and society.


 [Overview of Studio Ghibli]

A leading Japanese animation studio that started out in 1985 and has released animated features in more than 35 countries. Studio Ghibli has received critical acclaim for its works. Among its many achievements, Spirited Away won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, Howl's Moving Castle won an Osella Award at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, and the latest feature, When Marnie Was There, was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards.


 [Profile of Nobuyuki Tsujii]

Born in Tokyo in 1988. In 2009, Tsujii became the first Japanese pianist to win a goal medal in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas. Tsujii continues to work on the international stage as a leading Japanese pianist.