This week is going to be quite the interesting week in Springfield. Not only will we see the return of comic book legend Stan Lee to the show, but they will also be airing a tribute to legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.
Miyazaki is quite arguably one of the greatest Japanese animators of all time. If you have never seen the film Spirited Away, you should do that right now.
In June of 1985 Miyazaki, along with Isao Takahata, founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. Studio Ghibli has partnered with the Walt Disney Company to release a number of animated features including Spirited Away and Ponyo. Spirited Away was the first Japanese animation to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
This week’s episode of The Simpsons is entitled “Married to the Blob.” In this week’s episode, Comic Book Guy realizes his comics are nothing if he can’t share them with anyone. Then he meets Kumiko, a Japanese woman writing an autobiographical manga, and he seeks out Homer’s advice on how to date her.
For those of you who play the Origin game The Simpsons: Tapped Out you have already met Kumiko. Earlier this week, she was introduced into the game as a new character to tease this week’s episode.
In the clip, we see Homer walking down the street with a friend. They are both in quite the stupor, having drank something that is about to cause the most trippy hallucinations. Suddenly, Springfield transforms into a Japanese village and things start to get really interesting for Homer and his friend.
Here is a look at the tribute to Hayao Miyazaki scheduled to air on this week’s episode of The Simpsons entitled “Married to the Blob.”
The Simpsons airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. on Fox as part of Animation Domination.