You now have backgrounds for life
January 12, 2021 3:53 AM   Subscribe

To celebrate Miyazaki Hiyao's 80th birthday, Studio Ghibli has released almost 2,000 hi-res images from their films for reasonable use.

The website is in Japanese but very easy for non-Japanese readers to use.
posted by Megami (34 comments total) 133 users marked this as a favorite
 
I am so excited for the Nausicaa images! It’s always been my favorite. I hope more people consider watching it or even reading the (stupendous, richly elaborate, evocative) original manga because of some of these pictures.
posted by Mizu at 4:20 AM on January 12 [10 favorites]


He is my beloved birthday twin!!!! This is so wonderful. Thank you!
posted by Kitchen Witch at 4:42 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Domo arigato, Megami-sama!
posted by hat_eater at 4:52 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]


Thank you for sharing this! I sent this to my sister and niece immediately!
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:01 AM on January 12


It seems like they're doing a few movies each month. I'm hoping My Neighbour Totoro will be in this month's releases!
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:57 AM on January 12


I don't understand the interface for actually downloading the images, but Totoro is there
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:00 AM on January 12 [3 favorites]


I have my new Zoom background.
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:04 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


>I don't understand the interface for actually downloading the images, but Totoro is there

This interface was designed to be frustrating. Here's what worked for me, in Chrome on a windows box: While looking at the thumbnails, right click on the image you want and choose "Save Link As..."
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 7:14 AM on January 12


I am so excited for the Nausicaa images!

That’s the one I’ve been most excited about too! My toddler is obsessed with Ponyo, I’ve watched it dozens of times with him recently and it always makes me think of Nausicaa, as there are so many visual & thematic similarities between the two. Right from the opening, where the young hero finds a clear dome and curls up under it for a nice nap in a dreamy world of floaty glowing bits and gentle segmented critters. (With jellyfish & plankton in Ponyo, and that bit of molted Ohmu shell and pollen in Nausicaa.) Both make me think of the “Golden Afternoon” bit from the 1951 Alice in Wonderland but even more they make me think that these point to some formative experience of Miyazaki’s in seeing the natural world as a child. They feel super personal.

My kid’s too young for Nausicaa but these pictures might tide us both over!
posted by miles per flower at 7:19 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]


Exciting! I had only watched the dubs on my tiny computer screen until late 2019, when my spouse and I were able to see Princess Mononoke in theaters. The film's beauty shined on the big screen, so we vowed to see our other Miyazaki faves in theaters as well.. Of course, 2020 made that impossible.

So thanks for sharing! I think this will be my new desktop background.
posted by Behemoth, in no. 302-bis, with the Browning at 7:41 AM on January 12


Any friend of Totoro is a friend of mine.
posted by Catblack at 8:30 AM on January 12 [7 favorites]


Oh I love Nausicaa, so glad to see others appreciate it too. I've loved and cared for bugs for as long as I can remember
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:53 AM on January 12 [3 favorites]


~30% of Japan's Gross National Cool right here...
posted by Heywood Mogroot III at 9:15 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


I'm searching the collection for landscapes and backgrounds with no people in them - so that I can put myself in and pretend I live there.
posted by jb at 9:18 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


I would have loved a couple of more flying scenes from Porco Rosso, but I'm not complaining at all.

Domo arigato gozaimasu, Megami-san!
posted by hanov3r at 9:24 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Now this is more like it for the start of a new year.
posted by th3ph17 at 9:25 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]


Mood
posted by Going To Maine at 9:55 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


It seems like they're doing a few movies each month. I'm hoping My Neighbour Totoro will be in this month's releases!

Isn't this Totoro?
posted by straight at 10:09 AM on January 12


Nausicaa in on HBO Max if you want to watch it.
posted by srboisvert at 10:15 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


I cackled at the auto translated note at the top of each series page: Please feel free to use the images within the bounds of common sense.
posted by vespertinism at 11:34 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]


Please feel free to use the images within the bounds of common sense.

YOU'RE NOT MY SUPERVISOR!
posted by The Tensor at 11:58 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Nausicaa in on HBO Max if you want to watch it.

Most of Studio Ghibli was on CDN Netflix last year, thankfully.
TIL: Pom Poko is pretty weird.
posted by ovvl at 12:43 PM on January 12


All my attempts to download a couple of images foe backgrounds have resulted in just getting the thumbnails.
Fun to look through, though. I need to see more of these movies besides Totoro and Spirited Away.
posted by PussKillian at 12:54 PM on January 12


PussKillian, if you try to download the images from the thumbnail screen, they'll download in that fashion. If you click the image you want, it will show it to you full size, and you can then download that image. And thanks, Megami!
posted by birdsquared at 1:46 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I click on an image, I get the big version, I right click, and the image "slips" back into thumbnail, leaving me with the right click menu hanging over the thumbnail page.
posted by PussKillian at 2:22 PM on January 12


PussKillian, I would recommend just vacuuming up the entire site with a bulk downloader browser plugin that can filter by filetype.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 3:12 PM on January 12


This is a self link, but I saw Ghibli hadn't put together a good quality version of Princess Mononoke's wonderful panorama in the forest, so I stitched one together. Useful for ultra-wide monitor setups.

Thanks for the link! I think I saw this teased but never went to the full thing.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:54 PM on January 12 [9 favorites]


I hadn't noticed before that the Totoro Cat Bus creature has little mice with glowing red eyes acting as indicator lights.
posted by kaibutsu at 9:09 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


More from Porco Rosso: the frame for (or close to) "I'd rather be a pig than a fascist."
posted by runcifex at 1:34 AM on January 13


Phone backgrounds from Princess Mononoke here
posted by alloneword at 3:49 AM on January 13


Simple hack, if you just want to get at the files quickly. The full-size image links are formed like so:
https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/{name}{img#}.jpg
Example: https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa001.jpg
So, if you want ALL the Nausicaa links just copy the above and change the numbers, like this:

- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa001.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa002.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa003.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa004.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa005.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa006.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa007.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa008.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa009.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa010.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa011.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa012.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa013.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa014.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa015.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa016.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa017.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa018.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa019.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa020.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa021.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa022.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa023.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa024.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa025.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa026.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa027.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa028.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa029.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa030.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa031.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa032.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa033.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa034.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa035.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa036.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa037.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa038.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa039.jpg
- https://www.ghibli.jp/gallery/nausicaa040.jpg

Same pattern is used on all of them as far as I've tested.
posted by Doleful Creature at 12:36 PM on January 13 [1 favorite]


I'm searching the collection for landscapes and backgrounds with no people in them - so that I can put myself in and pretend I live there.

I found a few! (I need wallpaper on my computer that isn't TOO detailed -- bye, Cat Bus! -- so I was on the hunt already.)

Red Turtle
Flooded Toronto streetcar
The Secret World of Arietty
posted by maudlin at 10:43 AM on January 14


I really want to do something amazing with these besides download them but I don't know what.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:20 PM on January 14 [1 favorite]


I really want to do something amazing with these besides download them but I don't know what.

My daughter discovered recently that you can order 4x6 prints of jpgs from Shutterfly for $0.15 a piece. So she now has a hobby of jumping around the internet looking for images she likes, and then ordering 4x6es of them. It's a mix of art, and feminist signs, and stills from movies and TV. They cover her walls, and it really turned out better than I ever thought it would. These would be great candidates for something like that.
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:41 PM on January 14 [2 favorites]


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