Ask almost anyone if they have seen an anime movie in their life, and most of the time the answer you get will be yes, I have seen Ponyo, or Yes I saw Spirited Away, or even perhaps Nausica and the Valley of the Wind. They are not likely to say yes, I saw The Secret World of Arrietty. Produced by Studio Ghibli the story is based on a classic novel by Mary Norton, the 2010 film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Personally I have not seen the film but its apparent that its a Ghibli film from just its art style. This book goes in to detail with the art, as well as providing character sketches, and design notes.

The vividly illustrated art book will be released exclusively in print with an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN. It features story notes, commentary, and artwork from The Secret World of Arrietty. Based on the classic novel by Mary Norton, the 2010 film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the youngest director to ever helm a film for Studio Ghibli. The studio’s founder, Hayao Miyazaki, also supervised the production of Ariettyas a developing planner. Yonebayashi has gone on to direct When Marnie Was Thereand Studio Ponoc’s first feature film, Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

Masumi Washington, Editor VIZ editor said of the book:

“THE ART OF THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY features hundreds of character and production sketches as well as insights from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and other key creators involved with the film. We invite readers to dive deeper into The Secret World of Arrietty with this beautiful hardcover release.”

VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library is exclusively devoted to the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, picture books and other releases celebrating Studio Ghibli films such as Princess MononokeThe Wind Rises,Howl’s Moving CastleThe Secret World of Arrietty, PonyoSpirited AwayKiki’s Delivery ServiceMy Neighbor TotoroNausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, and Porco Rosso.