I wish I understood Japanese, because then I’d have much better shot at navigating a series of pages on Japanese Amazon that purports to offer some really excellent-looking button-down shirts and T-shirts featuring storyboards drawn by the great animation master Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a.k.a. the best thing to happen to little kids since the creation of the Muppets.
The storyboards all appear to derive from a 1978 TV series called Future Boy Conan (also called Conan, The Boy in Future) that originally aired on Japan’s NHK network.
Future Boy Conan isn’t as well known in the English-speaking world as later Miyazaki masterpieces like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, but the series has a special significance as Miyazaki’s directorial debut, on which, Wikipedia states, he “also contributed to character designs and storyboards.” Ahem.
A company called graniph is responsible for the shirts. All of the T-shirts cost 2160 yen (slightly over $20) and the one instance of a button-down shirt I found—I think I like that one the best, actually—costs 4838 yen (slightly over $45).
For English-speakers, it’s often difficult to use the search function and bring up the correct item. We’ve posted pics and links to a good many of these Miyazaki shirts, but we didn’t include all of them. If you want to find them, your best bet is that “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” row—if you click around with enough persistence, you will hit all of them, as far as I know. This is a good starting point.
(Graniph) graniph collaboration short-sleeved shirt / storyboard pattern (Future Boy Conan) (White)
Much more after the jump…....