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11 January 2010 @ 09:09 pm
Miyazaki - Mei's KittenBus [50 icons]  
A short film staring Mei, the younger sister from the feature-length My Neighbor Totoro movie.

Miyazaki - Mei's KittenBus [50 icons]
Miyazaki - Mei's KittenBus II [75 icons]
Miyazaki - Mei's KittenBus III [70 icons]
Miyazaki - Mei's KittenBus IV [90 icons]
*link to all icons

One day Mei [pronounced "May"] is outside playing near their large forest, when a strange and turbulent wind suddenly disturbs her frolicking -- leaving her dizzy. Suspicious and clever, the little girl dashes back into her home as the whirlwind follows along. Once inside, she immediately slides the old-fashioned Japanese door closed. A tiny cat-bus is revealed and panics upon being spotted, but it's trapped!

This "kittenbus" turns out to be the child of the same adult Catbus (♂) who transported the sisters through the mysterious hidden world of their neighbor Totoro -- the fabled "King of the Forest". Normally invisible, only children who are pure of heart stand a chance of viewing such things. The movement of full-sized Catbuses create a wind that causes entire rice fields to sway, but this kit only has the power to conjure miniature, untamed whirlwinds (à la Tasmanian Devil). Since the parent knows Mei and with the desire for caramel candy (the item that lured the kitten's curiosity in the first place), a late night trip is arranged.

Mei meets up with kittenbus at her window, who is just big enough for her to fit snugly inside the expandable body of soft fluff. Away the pair go to a vast underground bus station, where a plethora of cat-shaped vehicles (some as big as trains) and hidden forrest dwellers lurk (including soot sprites!). Mei is thrilled to bump into her old friend, Totoro! The biggest surprise is meeting the oldest and largest of the Catbuses, a living passenger liner, that Totoro and many others are set to board. It too, turns out to enjoy caramels! After this unexpected adventure filled night, she is carefully taken home and we witness the spectacle of a sky secretly populated by countless furry ferrymen whose gravity-defying bodies dash at impossible speeds, leaving behind nothing more than gusts and rustling foliage in their wake!

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[16] - "Midnight Flight"
[19] [22] [50] - "Catbus"
[26] - "Mei"
[27] - "Gaurdians of the Forest"
[29] [30] - "Kittenbus"
[36] - "Totoro"


credit: theidolhands
✿ comments appreciated
no hotlinking
✿ icons aren't bases
moonvoicemoonvoice on February 1st, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Ganked a few, and will definitely credit when I use. If only Livejournal would release more than 200 spaces!!!
☆: a - Kikitheidolhands on February 1st, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
That was a really kind thing to say, thank you.
Miyazaki's work, Studio Ghibli's efforts, have been a privilege to study so keenly.
moonvoice: ghibli - the happy kittenmoonvoice on February 1st, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: That was a really kind thing to say, thank you.
Miyazaki's work, Studio Ghibli's efforts, have been a privilege to study so keenly.

It's a dream of mine to go to the Ghibli museum. I did my thesis on Miyazaki's works (specifically on archetypes repeatedly found in his works, and why they're becoming increasingly relevant in 'Western society.')

To see icons from Mei and the Kittenbus - and such high quality ones - is just such a treat. Thank you again. :)
☆: a - KittenBustheidolhands on February 1st, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh! You're so welcome!

May I ask? Is it possible to read your thesis (no offense at all if it's personal).
moonvoice: ghibli - SA - the river spiritmoonvoice on February 1st, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: =^.^=
Sure! The unrevised version is here:

But there's a revised version coming out in an anthology on Animism, but it's not been released yet.

It's also like four years old. *blush*
☆: a - KittenBus...theidolhands on February 1st, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: =^.^=
Cool! I'm definitely going to have to check that out.

By the way, you have EXCELLENT icons!

Edited at 2010-02-01 03:36 pm (UTC)
✄: Howlv2_schneider on February 1st, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
These are perfection, I love them so much that I'm tempted to take all 285!

I've taken 16, 17 and 45 and more will definitely be going from the other pages too. XD The detail is so good and I can tell that there is a lot of love, care and thought has gone into these. Thank you so much.

(Hehe, if I had a fluffy Kitten Bus I'd never get off! ;)
☆: a - Kikitheidolhands on February 1st, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: O.O
You could be my personal data back-up plan then!
I thought about creating a .zip file of them all, but that seemed presumptuous.
Besides, if it goes well, I might have one more batch of graphics in me.

it really did. thank you.

I was so surprised that Studio Ghibli had even done a mini-sequel! Each image felt like a kind of treasure. A fluffy KittenBus is a seriously cute idea.
✄: Rabbitv2_schneider on February 2nd, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: O.O
Hehe ;)

Presume away, I would definitely download a .zip file of your icons. :)

I didn't know about it at all until your post, I'm going to have to try and find it, it sounds far too delightful to miss.
nymeria_paw on February 1st, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Nabbed 11 & 13!

Is this mini-sequel subtitled or dubbed in English? ^-^
☆: a - KittenBustheidolhands on February 1st, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
It is a short film, only available to view at Studio Ghibli Museum in Japan, at the time being. The dialog is minimal, being a film designed for people of all ages to enjoy. :)

Thank you so much for taking and noting some icons!
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☆: a - KittenBus ♥theidolhands on February 1st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
It justifies my insanity when people say things like that. I've been concerned that I tweaked out on something too obscure (how unlike me). ^^;

uschisushi on February 1st, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Gah! These are too cute. So using some =]
☆: a - KittenBus...theidolhands on February 2nd, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! Your icon is cute as well!
drcarito on February 2nd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
SO CUTE!!!!!! gratz :)
taking some n.n
☆: a - KittenBustheidolhands on February 3rd, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Thank you!
ayumi_tegopifrenzjoy on February 12th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
you're the most, you're so radspazziest_moves on May 19th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
your icons are full of win! Lovely! Taking a few and will credit. :D
☆: あ - Konekobasutheidolhands on May 19th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
frostfrost on November 29th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Lovely! I've snagged a few; thank you! =)
☆theidolhands on November 29th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
issy: {f(x)} {maknae} krystal ~superyummytofu on April 7th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
these icons are wonderful and i think i'll take all of them kthx :) i'll credit you when using and i'll be taking the rest of the icons from the other pages :D
thank you for making and sharing, you're awesome <3