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The Top Five Best Studio Ghibli Movies

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Studio Ghibli is a company that needs no introduction, but that I am going to give one anyone just for the sake of understanding. Founded in 1985, the studio has continued to make incredible animated films for over 30 years. The studio is also famous for one of its founding members, Hayao Miyazaki, who has directed many of the studios most iconic films. Today, I thought I would talk about what I see as the five best Studio Ghibli films. There will not be a particular order to these films, because, at the end of the day, all of them are incredible.

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the sky

Director: Hiyao Miyazaki

One of the oldest and still one of the most interesting, Castle in the sky tells the story of a young boy trying to discover the mysteries of a strange castle named Laputa that supposedly floats through the sky. Along the way, he meets a girl named Sheeta who helps him in his quest to find the castle. The movie arguably has a much faster pace than many of its Ghibli contemporaries, and that’s what makes it interesting. Pazu meets Sheeta, and then very quickly the story accelerates, and before you know it they have found the castle. Even though I have already seen it a few times, It is one of those films that I would never mind watching again.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Arguably the most famous Studio Ghibli film, aside from Spirited Away, Mononoke is a story that brings environmentalism to the forefront in one of the most awesome ways possible. Ashitaka is a warrior from a small village who, despite killing an attacking demon, gets cursed, and will die if the curse is not lifted. After a long adventure and a giant, angry forest rampaging around, all of the characters, including Ashitaka, learn just how important nature really is. Miyazaki has long been a promoter of the environment in his films, and it absolutely works. The message is always a result of a well-told story combined with great animation, and never feels forced. Princess Mononoke is a great example of this in action.

Grave of the Fireflies

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Director: Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s other directorial half, is an often overlooked director, and Grave of the Fireflies is a great example. The movie tells the story of a brother and sister trying to survive a wartorn Japan in the final months of World War 2. To say this movie is emotional would be an understatement. Seita and Setsuko, the movie’s main leads, are not especially interesting by themselves, but their strong relationship during the war makes sense in the context of the story. It is also a story that still resonates strongly with the events of today. Be it the Syrian Civil War, the War in Yemen, or the dozens of conflicts happening around the world, it is important to remember those affected by these events.

Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

Director: Isao Takahata

Funny enough, it was Only Yesterday when I had not seen this movie whatsoever. Having not heard anything about it before watching it, I did not have any expectations going into it, and I can honestly say that I came out amazed. Only Yesterday is not a particularly complex story, or one that tries to be incredibly deep. But, it does hit on a truth that affects all people: that eventually we all have to decide what our life means, and what we really want to do with it, and in that I can find much Solace.

The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Of all the films on this list, The Wind Rises is one that I am surprised was directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Being moreso a historical drama about the life of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed some of Japan’s most famous fighter planes, which does not sound like he would direct, it initially came across as being something I would not enjoy. But, in this case I was more than happy to be wrong. The Wind Rises is a wonderful film that uses its animation to express all of the different parts of Jiro’s life: His love for design, his work ethic, and his eventual relationship with Naoko. Since we know this is not going to be Miyazaki’s last film now, I won’t say much about his legacy here, but if this were his last film, that would be ok with me.


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This Week in Anime: Aggretsuko, Princess Mononoke, and More…

Hello again, friends!

Sorry I missed last week. I was planning on releasing it a day late after I had settled in from my trip to Anime Midwest. Btw, I went to Anime Midwest. I never actually made an update about that, so I apologize about that as well. Anyway, without further ado, your weekly dose of anime-related news.

New Anime

Here are the new announcements for this week.

Aggretsuko Receives Second Season

At a panel during Anime Expo 2018, Netflix announced that one of their more popular shows, Aggretsuko, will be receiving a second season. The announcement was made during their NETFLIX ANIME panel, where they also talked about the release date of Castlevania season 2. The show will be released sometime in 2019

Aggretsuko’s story follows an Anthropomorphic Red Panda named Retsuko, who works at a terrible desk job that she hates more than anything else. In order to get rid of her anger, she goes to Karaoke and sings Death Metal.

Netflix’s Ultraman Adaptation to be Released in 2019

Along Aggretsuko and others, the newest incarnation of a much older series Ultraman will be coming to Netflix next year. The show is based on the Manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimiguchi in 1967. A specific release date has not yet been confirmed, but it will be a worldwide release so there will be no delays.

Ultraman follows Shinjiro, a normal teen living his normal teen life when all of sudden he gets blessed with incredible powers. The “Ultraman Factor” as its called, awakens within him, and he must now use his powers to protect the earth.

Studio Trigger Becomes the First Studio to Use Patreon

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This Week, Studio Trigger, creators of shows such as Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia, has launched their very own Patreon. The Page already has over 2,500 supporters and the studio is now receiving over 8000 dollars a month. On the studio’s page, they say that Trigger “strives for a global audience and values communications with our fans.”

It is no secret that animation studios often have very little money to finance new projects so it would make sense to set up a Patreon page. As their page further describes, “With your support, we would like to forward funds into various aspect of the studio. Possibly a new line of merchandise, attending/conducting more events, or simply providing a little more to our staff.”

Many in the anime community, including prominent Anime YouTuber Digibro, argued that studios should move to a more people focused business model and rely more on services like Patreon.

Princess Mononoke to Return to Theatres for Select Screenings

Princess Mononoke

As part of the 2018 Studio Ghibli Fest, one of the groups most famous works, Princess Mononoke, will be airing in theatres once again for a small period of time. Both GKIDS and Fathom Events will be sponsoring three dates on which the film will premiere: Sunday, July 22, 12:55 Local time, Monday, July 23, 7:00 Local time, and Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 Local Time.

Article Shoutouts

Here are so Articles you should definitely read.

A Better Anime Awards?!

Ayano of KawaiiPaperPandas is collaborating with Raistlin on a new project that has been tenuously named the WordPress Anime Awards. After much anger at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards last year, she and Raistlin decided that it was time to start their own.

Anime That Ruin Childhood Dreams

Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews put out a list of series that on the surface look innocent, but are actually quite terrifying. Many series like this look like this because of the aesthetic quality of anime production, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be truly horrifying. A great list and an article you should definitely give a read.


What do you guys think of this week’s anime-related news? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!