The last typhoon found me doing what I usually do on stormy days: curled up under the blankets, re-watching Ghibli/Miyazaki films. While I think their more serious films like Nausicaä, Laputa, and Princess Mononoke are amazing and My Neighbour Totoro’s a fucking classic, the ones I watch over and over again are Ghibli’s more poignant , all-my-feels, right-in-the-kokoro, ones.
Which made realise, that deep down inside, I’m just a sentimental old fool.
1.Kiki’s Delivery Service
I like Kiki’s… for a good number of reasons but mostly because this conversation between Kiki and Ursula makes it my go-to film whenever I hit a painting block.
2. Porco Rosso
I love the Ghibli fascination with the Old World and how it translates in their films. I like the vague-ness of the ending. And the battalion of women mechanics. And Air Pirates!
3. Whisper of the Heart
The plot for Whisper… isn’t anything new, or particularly exciting. It’s basically teenage existentialism and romance, but done so wonderfully by Ghibli. Also, you will have “Country Roads” stuck in your head the rest of the day.
4. Spirited Away
I’m a sucker for down-the-rabbit hole-type stories. Add Japanese folklore, and I am sold.
Chihiro sulking in the beginning of the film, is how I sulk and generally behave like a brat around people whenever they drag me somewhere I don’t want to be. Or at least I used to. Or pretend not to, because you know, adulthood.
5. From Up On Poppy Hill
The whole-we-might-be-siblings plotline is a little too daytime soap for me but warm and fuzzy feels anyway.
BONUS: Howl’s Moving Castle
I’m on the fence with Howl’s Moving Castle. You see, I love the book.
Love, love, love the book.
Like, you don’t even understand how much I love this book.
I’m not a fan of how the story was adapted for film but it’s just so visually stunning, I watch it often regardless of how I feel about its adaptation. Plot deviations aside, Ghibli’s portrayal of Howl, is so book-accurate, it’s scary. Also, he’s voiced by KimuTaku. ♥
What are your favourite Ghibli films? 🙂