Fans around the world love the movies produced by Studio Ghibli, especially the ones directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The studio is known for creating self-contained films, and you’ll rarely see past characters return outside of cameos.
Well, except for the time Miyazaki directed a sequel to My Neighbor Totoro…
— とある (@33kitta) October 10, 2017
Yep, Miyazaki actually wrote and directed a sequel to one of his movies! Mei and the Kittenbus premiered in 2003 and odds are this is the first time you’ve heard of it. It’s okay, Japanese fans are currently expressing their shock on Twitter right now.
How did a sequel to one of the most beloved anime movies fly under the radar? Well…it’s only shown at the Ghibli Museum every nine months. The 14-minute short film has never been released on home video.
In fact, Mei and the Kittenbus is one of nine exclusive short films that can only be seen at the Ghibli Museum. The museum rotates the shorts every nine months, so you have to make serious plans if you want to catch a certain short. Since Ghibli likes to challenge fans, only showings for the next three months are on their website.
The good news is that anyone already planning on visiting Japan this November can catch the official My Neighbor Totoro sequel. Maybe it will tickle your nostalgia!