The Witcher Gets A Studio Ghibli-Style Fan Poster | Screen Rant

Characters from The Witcher got their own Studio Ghibli-style fan poster. Based on a popular series of books and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix’s The Witcher follows Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer who was mutated by magic as a child. The high fantasy series also follows the previously hunchbacked sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), the lost Princess Ciri (Freya Allen), and the jolly bard Jaskier (Joey Batey). Filming on season 2 of The Witcher wrapped a few days ago, which was confirmed by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

A follow-up to the first season of The Witcher has been heavily anticipated since it smashed Netflix records in December of 2019 to become one of the streaming service’s most-watched first seasons ever. Fan anticipation has only been building throughout season 2’s extended production schedule, which has experienced many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic with new cast member, Kristofer Hivju of Game of Thrones fame, even testing positive for the virus during production. Shortly after season 2 wrapped filming, The Witcher commemorated the end of the extended production with a new image of Geralt and a behind-the-scenes video.

Now, the wait for more updates on season 2 begins. But in the meantime, Ukrainian artist, Ana Godis, has some Witcher fan art to hold fans over. The artist’s latest piece depicts characters from The Witcher in Ghibli-style, the famous Japanese animation studio. The fan poster illustrates Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and Jaksier with a Villentretenmerth dragon in the background, all in Studio Ghilbi-style. Check it out below:

Founded in 1985 by director Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghilbi is known for feature films such as PonyoHowl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away which was Japan’s highest-grossing film for years before being recently overtaken. The studio’s recognizable symbol and mascot is a giant chinchilla from its 1988 film, My Neighbor Totoro. In fact, it is a common trend for Studio Ghilbi films to feature a cute creature that inspires a variety of merchandise and near-obsessive levels of fan devotion, such as The Mandalorian’s Grogu.

Because The Witcher books, video games, and Netflix series have one of the most dedicated fanbases of any intellectual property, it regularly receives fan art from talented artists such as Godis. It is also rather common for fans to mashup their favorite IPs with the style of the famed Japanese anime studio, so it is no surprise that Geralt and friends were the latest to get the Ghibli-style treatment in this The Witcher fan art.

Source: Ana Godis

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