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And the winner is… Tell us your ideal Studio Ghibli BFF + WIN 1 of 3 ‘When Marnie Was There’ prize bundles!

We are really excited about all things Studio Ghibli this week! ‘When Marnie Was There’ is released in cinemas today (Friday 10th June) and is based on the book by Joan G. Robinson! If that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s also a fantastic celebratory retrospective season ‘Studio Ghibli Forever’ bringing some of Ghibli’s most beloved titles back to the big screen until July 28th (screenings here!).


Don’t know about Studio Ghibli? The English dub of ‘When Marnie Was There’ features a star-studded cast including Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, Hailee Steinfeld, Kathy Bates, John C. Reilly and Ellen Burstyn to name just a handful.

This competition is now closed! Congrats to the winners @ASunshineLester, @itsemmalaird, @JemimaJOsborne.

Previous Studio Ghibli films boast of celebrity talent too. Here are some of the talented actors who have voiced characters.

‘When Marnie Was There’ – Kiernan Shipka


Following her role as Sally Draper in ‘Mad Men’, Kiernan Shipka voices Marnie in ‘When Marnie Was There’. The story sees Anna Sasaki (Hailee Steinfeld) go to stay with relatives in rural Yoriko. One day she explores a long-abandoned villa and meets a mysterious blonde girl only she can see.

Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel – ‘Only Yesterday’


Star Wars star Daisy Ridley voices Taeko in the brand new English re-dub of ‘Only Yesterday’. The film follows Taeko as she travels to visit family in Yamagata from her native Tokyo. She thinks back to her childhood self, questioning whether she’s making the right decisions as an adult. Dev Patel also stars in ‘Only Yesterday’, and voices the character of Toshio, who comes to meet her at the station in Yamagata. The pair grows closer as Taeko relives childhood memories.

Christian Bale – ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’



‘Batman’ star Christian Bale voiced Howl in the English dub of ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. The story follows a young girl who is forced to work in her parents’ hat shop until a witch curses her to become an old woman. She flees to Howl’s magical moving castle to try and reverse the spell.

Joseph Gordon Levitt – ‘The Wind Rises’



Joseph Gordon Levitt played Jiro in World War II epic, ‘The Wind Rises’. Jiro longs to become a pilot but his short sightedness prevents him to fly planes; he decides to study engineering instead and to design planes for the war.

Chloe Grace Möretz – ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’



Chloe Grace Möretz voiced Princess Kaguya in ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’. The story follows a bamboo cutter who finds a tiny girl in a bamboo shoot. Kaguya is mysterious yet enchanting and it’s believed she is a princess. She grows more beautiful every day and has many suitors, all of which she orders to prove their loyalty by completing challenging tasks.

Michael Keaton – ‘Porco Rosso’


Michael Keaton starred in ‘Porco Rosso’, the story of a man who was a veteran WWI fighter ace and freelance bounty hunter, before being cursed to look like a pig. It’s noted as being one of the most personal films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who has a passion for aviation.

To celebrate ‘When Marnie Was There’, we’ve got a give away of 3 amazing prize bundles, including tape kit, key chain, bookmark, bag charm, postcard set, ‘When Marnie Was There’ novel.

How to enter: Follow us @maximumpopbooks, reply to the tweet below using #MPghiblicomp and tell us which Studio Ghibli character you’d love to be friends and fill in form. 

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ENDS 15/6, 9PM. UK ONLY. 

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WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is released in cinemas this Friday June 10th

‘When Marnie Was There’ by Joan G. Robinson, is available in all bookshops published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

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Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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