The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)

The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) 2002 After 1995’s Whisper of the Heart I imagine at least a few folks were saying ‘I wish we could read one of Shizuku’s stories about Baron’ and luckily, that’s the premise of The Cat Returns. It’s a loose sequel to Whisper of the Heart (as the carry-over charactersContinue reading “The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)”

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) 1992 Ah, the Crimson Pig – another classic Ghibli film, and another chance for Miyazaki to explore romance and the thrill of flight, along with the planes themselves too. Having opened with that statement I’ll quickly add that Porco Rosso is still most definitely an action film but there’s aContinue reading “Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)”

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta) 1986 The first official Ghibli film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a steampunk adventure that will feel similar in some ways to Miyazaki’s previous epic, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, though Castle in the Sky is overall, a lighter story due to theContinue reading “Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)”

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko) 1994 I guess you could say Pom Poko appeared right in the middle of a golden period for Ghibli, and from a production standpoint it’s just as wonderfully animated as any others from the time. I also think it’s probably just as (or more) imaginative to my eye, inContinue reading “Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)”

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)(2004) Miyazaki and the Ghibli team are almost always stellar at adaptation. Very occasionally, I wish they worked a little more with original stories over the course of their run, but I’ll set that aside for this post 🙂 Howl’s… was first (and still is) a fantastic, semi-satirical andContinue reading “Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)”

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara)

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) 2011 I came quite late to Studio Ghibli – my first experience being Spirited Away, and only then on DVD a couple of years after the dub was released – and so when From Up on Poppy Hill was screened at a festival back in 2013, I jumpedContinue reading “From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara)”

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika)1984 I suppose you could argue that Nausicaa is not precisely a Ghibli title, since the success of the film was part of what actually enabled Studio Ghibli to be formed in the first place, but it’s always sold and labelled as such andContinue reading “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika)”

Mary and The Witch’s Flower (Meari to Majo no Hana)

Mary and The Witch’s Flower (Meari to Majo no Hana) 2017 It’s hard now, even a couple of years later, to remove myself from the sense of expectation that swept (what seemed like) most of the world during the lead up to the release of Mary and the Witch’s Flower. There was a lot toContinue reading “Mary and The Witch’s Flower (Meari to Majo no Hana)”

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)2004 Miyazaki and the Ghibli team are almost always stellar at the art of adaptation. Back in the 1980s the title Howl’s Moving Castle referred to a fantastic, semi-satirical and wonderfully imaginative book by English writer Diana Wynne Jones – and if any anime fan out there isn’t awareContinue reading “Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)”

Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)

As much as I enjoyed many things about Tales From Earthsea when I first saw it back in 2007, it took me six years or so to watch it again. I put it off a few times (though I’m curious to watch it again now, which oddly enough – is about six years later onceContinue reading “Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)”

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