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Studio Ghibli: Best Film and More

Nausica of the Valley of the Wind0
Castle in the Sky0
Grave of the Fireflies2 (your vote)
My Neighbour Totoro0
Kiki's Delivery Service0
Only Yesterday0
Porco Rosso0
Ocean Waves0
Pom Poko0
Whisper of the Heart0
Princess Mononoke1
My Neighbours the Yamadas0
Spirited Away0
The Cat Returns0
Howl's Moving Castle0
Tales from Earthsea0
From Up on Poppy Hill0
The Wind Rises0
The Tale of Kaguya-Hime0
 Total Votes:3

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new Posted: 11:10AM Jun 29, 2014

The above poll is asking "Which Studio Ghibli film is the best," however there's also more to discuss than that.

I can expect that your favourite won't match up with mine, but there are a number of good Studio Ghibli films. Although I watch anime, I tended to not watch them because they were so mainstream, but there are some great ones and I'd like if we could discuss them. There are still some that I'd like to see but haven't seen: Ocean Waves, Kaguya-Hime, etc.

[For anyone who doesn't know Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation company that mainly releases feature length films. Most associate it with Miyazaki Hayao, but there have been multiple directors and writers and one of my favourite directors is Takahata Isao.]

My favourite is probably Grave of the Fireflies because it tells a sad, touching story and makes you really feel bad for the characters. It's great and beautifully depressing at the same time. That's the power of Takahata who also directed some of my other favourites from the studio: Pom Poko was a whole lot of fun seeing tanuki and many different yokai, Only Yesterday was a beautiful walk of nostalgia and seemed very sentimental, and the Yamadas was good too, though not one of my favourites.

Miyazaki directed some good ones too, though: Kiki's Delivery Service is wonderful and made me happy as a child; Howl's Moving Castle is great at combining interesting, human characters with a fantasy world they suit, similarly done well in Spirited Away.

I've also recently seen Whisper of the Heart, which is a great realistic story, and its more fantastic sequel The Cat Returns, which really feels like a well-crafted folk tale. I'm not the biggest fan of Totoro, but it was okay. I also don't remember really liking Mononoke-Hime (though I did watch the dub). I have to rewatch Mononoke to see what all the fuss is about.

Please leave your own comments on what you like about Ghibli. They can make some really touching films. P.S.: I really want to see the live action Kiki's Delivery Service and see how it is. I also want to see the first Ghibli anime series set to air later this year. What about you?

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new Posted: 06:16PM Jun 29, 2014

I don't feel qualified to vote in the poll, because I've only seen Kiki and Howl. My sister is currently obsessed with the former, and while it's not exactly my cup of tea, through constantly watching it (she insists on watching it almost every day), I've come to appreciate the wonderful attention to detail that must have been present in the making of the movie. I also like how the characters are a lot more realistic - more human, I guess - than in typical children's movies. One of these days I'll get around to watching all of their other films.
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new Posted: 07:04PM Jul 30, 2014

I have not seen a little over half of the list, however these people are masters at crafting a story with imagery. Most are for kids but as an adult watching them it is amazing to see the attention to detail and originality with the storylines.

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