The picture book Sekai no Mannaka no Ki (Aizou-ban) (The Tree in the Center of the Earth) by late animator Makiko Futaki, who has also worked for Studio Ghibli in the past, will be released in mid-January 2019 on Fukkan.com.
Futaki worked on every Studio Ghibli film from 1981 to 2014 and was responsible for animating several iconic scenes. She published her first picture book, Sekai no Mannaka no Ki, in 1989 through Tokuma Shoten’s Animage Bunko. The new collector’s edition (Aizou-ban) will be printed in A5 size, which is close to the original size of the Futaki’s illustrations. This will allow readers to fully appreciate the beauty of the pictures. This version will also include additional pictures which were not included in the original edition.
Bonus presents for those who buy the book in stores are currently being prepared and spots to exhibit some of the original drawings are being chosen.
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