Hayao Miyazaki has been trying to retire for years now, but the Studio Ghibli brand isn't going anywhere. A Ghibli theme park
is currently under construction, the touring Ghibli Expo
exhibition is always a big event, and Tokyo's Mitaka Ghibli Museum
is one of the most popular attractions in the city. So it was no huge surprise when Ghibli decided to develop their new GBL brand
of merchandise in 2016, a self-dubbed "American casual" clothing brand with high-end Ghibli design t-shirts and, occasionally, other items of clothing. GBL has been selling merchandise through official Ghibli webshops
up until now, and just this summer announced the upcoming opening of its first retail location in Shibuya, to the joy of many excited fans.
What I don't think anyone expected, though, was for GBL to time the opening of their first-ever storefront with the release of four Ghibli skateboard deck designs