To celebrate the opening of “Mary and The Witch’s Flower,” a new anime film by former Studio Ghibli Inc. director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, an art exhibition will be held in Tokyo and Osaka this summer.

The exhibition will be held in an event space on the 11th floor of Odakyu Department Store’s Shinjuku main building in Tokyo on July 26-31. In Osaka, it will be held from Aug. 5-22 in a section on the fourth floor of Kintetsu Department Store’s Abeno Harukas main store’s Wing Building.

“Mary and The Witch’s Flower” is the first animated feature film from new company Studio Ponoc Inc., which was founded in 2015 by Yonebayashi and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura after the duo left Ghibli.

The exhibition will feature many rare materials related to the anime, which opens nationwide on July 8.

In addition to detailed character illustrations drawn by the director, artworks created by background art studio Dehogallery Inc., to which art director Kazuo Oga serves as adviser, will be showcased.

Installation artworks will also be put on display to entertain adults and children alike, and exclusive items will be offered at the venues.

Based on “The Little Broomstick” by British writer Mary Stewart, the story revolves around Mary, who finds a patch of fly-by-night flowers and is allowed to study at a magic school. But the little girl gets into trouble because of just one lie she tells.

Yonebayashi wrote the screenplay with Riko Sakaguchi, who also penned the script for Isao Takahata’s “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.”

Yonebayashi directed “The Secret World of Arrietty” and “When Marnie Was There” at Ghibli, which was co-founded by anime maestros Hayao Miyazaki and Takahata.

Visit the film’s official website at (http://www.maryflower.jp/index.html).

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