Partially inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's own manga, Kaze Tachinu, the famed animator is back in the director's seat for the first time since 2008's fantastic Ponyo (a personal favorite of mine). Set during World War II, it tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the real-life engineer and visionary who designed Japanese fighter planes during that time period. The trailer appears to touch on one man's attempt to balance his personal dreams of flying and that of an empire with completely different intentions.
Previously we were shown a teaser trailer, and just recently the full 4-minute trailer has been released. This new film appears to be following the recent Ghibli trend of following more closely to reality, as opposed to fantasy, with 2012's Up on Poppy Hill coming to mind. While we absolutely loved the fantastical films previously released, it's refreshing to see what appears to be a change of pace. With today (July 20th) being the Japanese premiere date, we can't wait to find out when our local US date will be.