Ronja the Robber’s Daughter was originally created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren in 1981. A movie followed in 1984, which was a hit in Sweden and won a Silver Bear at the 1985 Berlin Film Festival. It later became a successful stage musical in 1994. Because legendary Japanese animation demigods Studio Ghibli know a good idea when they see one, they adapted Ronja for Japanese television in 2014. Now, the States will finally be able to get in on some Swedish fantasy by way of Japan thanks to Amazon Prime.
There’s no set date on when the localization will be finished, but Gillian Anderson has signed on to narrate the epic tale for the English release. This iteration is directed by Studio Ghibli head honcho Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro, and basically promises to be your new favorite show as soon as its translated to a language you can understand. This is a big deal. Studio Ghibli only releases a film once every few years, and many of their classics take years to make it stateside.
Ronja is available on YouTube in its native Japanese language, so you can watch it and be interested without really knowing what happens from scene to scene. (H/T Kotaku)