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Studio Ghibli has produced arguably some of the greatest film titles(anime or not) in cinema history.

What film do you adore most? Which of Studio Ghibli's films to you hold closest to your heart?

Not only from an emotional stand-point, but in any sense. I have a sudden urge to collect Ghibli titles and would like feedback on which films

are most popular within the Anime Community. Once you've input the film of choice, please explain it's significance and personal sentiment. If you have a response for a non-Ghibli film then that's also okay. Thank you:)
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The one that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature,
and ended up winning it, becoming the first and only anime (so far) to win
from that category.



Spirited Away

Posted 4/29/13
I absolutely love My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Movie Castle.

Can't pick a favorite of the four.
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Princess Mononoke!!!! I loved this movie when I was younger and I can honestly say that it played a huge role in me spending way too much time watching anime
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^ We may not agree on the swimming anime....but you have good tastes in Ghibli films. I agree with this girl.

Seriously though, I'm sure a lot of people are going to put 'Grave of the fireflies' but that movie just didn't make sense to me. If I remember correctly, that kid had all the opportunity to swallow his pride and go back to his aunt's (or whoever that women was) and be better off. But, he chose a different path. That would be my second favorite but the plot just didn't pan out for me. It's definitely got the depressing factor going though.

Edit: I see everyone's putting a list of their favs sooo....

1. Sprited Away
2. Princess Mononoke (is that how it's spelt?)
3. Howl's Moving Castle
4. My Neighbor Totoro
5. Kiki's Delivery Service

Did anyone like Ponyo at all? I think it kinda sucked. Awesome animation but not great. Maybe I just have to re watch it again.
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what no Castle in the Sky?
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I love all his movies but I would have to say Spirited Away. Although Naussica is a very close second. I actually enjoyed Ponyo a lot.
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Aiko-Hime wrote:

I love all his movies but I would have to say Spirited Away. Although Naussica is a very close second. I actually enjoyed Ponyo a lot.


by "his" you mean Hayao Miyazaki? this is about Studio Ghibli not Miyazaki. Naussicaa was animated by the studio Top Craft
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Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle get nostalgia points from me, but the best has gotta be Princess Mononoke.

When my fiance, whose knowledge of anime consists of the three P's (porn, power levels, pokemon) asked me to find three animated films so she could get an idea what interested me about anime I chose Summer Wars, Wings of Honneamise, and Princess Mononoke. Summer Wars was the fun, adventurey anime I picked and Honneamise was the character driven emotional anime. Then there's Princess Mononoke. I picked Princess Mononoke because to me it has everything. Adventure, beautiful animation, memorable characters, an excellent story, and to top it off a god-tier dub.

I don't know what to do with Princess Mononoke because I like to look at things with a critical eye and I just for whatever reason can't find any real issues with it. Yeah there's nitpicks, there's always nitpicks, but aside from a couple of those it is a nigh perfect film. Fuck you Princess Mononoke, you make my brain hurt. Oh and for the record, my fiance now considers Princess Mononoke to be one of her five favorite films of all time.
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I've always been surprised that Spirited Away is so popular among anime fans. When I first watched it, all I could think was "this is like a Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland". Which, from a story-telling standpoint, made the film more difficult for me to enjoy, but what was even more of a problem for me is that, when you consider Lewis Carroll's supposed reputation regarding young girls, and couple that with Hayao Miyazaki's penchant for young female leads, well... it makes for an unsettling comparison.

Anyways, my absolute favorite Ghibli film is Kiki's Delivery Service, though from a more neutral standpoint regarding their greatest masterpiece... I'd probably go with Grave of the Fireflies, followed by Castle in the Sky.


chase6565: Did anyone like Ponyo at all? I think it kinda sucked. Awesome animation but not great. Maybe I just have to re watch it again.


I liked Ponyo, but probably more from a visual standpoint too. I thought the animation and coloring were beautiful, and it really had the bright sort of spirit you see in children's books, come to life. That said, having seen so many Miyazaki movies already, it maybe had too many familiar elements and approaches to the story-telling, that maybe made it a bit less fresh and engaging. I think, though, if I were a small kid and it were the only Miyazaki film I'd ever seen, it would be the sort of movie I'd really enjoy and look back on fondly when I was older.
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Spirited Away is the shit.
Whisper of the Heart is fucking gold!
My Neighbor Totoro is pure magic.

Whisper of the Heart is probably my personal fave out of those though. Can't compete with the power of love and music.
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Whisper of the Heart was quite enjoyable. The characters really felt natural, I was able to freely immerse myself in the story, and the scene where they all broke out in song was quite magical. I've watched most of the Ghibli movies and while I think they tend to have great animation, the movies themselves don't always captivate me. For example, it's my opinion that the movie A Letter from Momo is superior to most of the Ghibli movies. That movie is from Production I.G.

A Letter to Momo just has so much going for it. In development for 7~ years, the plot is interesting, the main character is fun and the animation is gorgeous. I absolutely adored the story and it's the first movie in a while that's actually made me shed tears at the ending. Really great all around and a must watch, in my opinion.
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chase6565 wrote:

Did anyone like Ponyo at all? I think it kinda sucked. Awesome animation but not great. Maybe I just have to re watch it again.


It was...alright...ish...I guess? It was just sorta okay. There was nothing terrible about it but there was nothing great either and occasionally I forget it exists when talking about other Ghibli films and other Miyazaki films. I get the feeling that if you were to swap it and Kiki's Delivery Service, so that I had nostalgia for Ponyo and Kiki's was the newer movie, then maybe i'd feel differently and look back on it fondly even though I think Kiki's is a better film even without nostalgia. As is it's just an okay, if forgettable, animated movie.
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^ Agreed. It just didn't have that 'magic' for me like the other ones. I was actually impressed with how good the English VA's did. When I heard it was like Miley Cyrus's little sister and Jonas Brother's little brother doing the voice acting I was like: "Oh great, casting just for their names eh?" But they actually did a good job. I haven't seen a Ghibli film since the release of Howl that has wowed me.



I see your point. If it was my first Ghibli film it would've been definitely like a gateway to look into their other work and hold a special place. i was just so hyped for this movie since the latest film I saw of theirs was Howl's Moving Castle (I think their latest was Howl until Ponyo was released? Not sure) and I seriously read about the movie for like months until it was released. Then I just randomly saw it on HBO one day and didn't feel a thing lol.
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I love almost all ghibli movies but Spirited Away and Howl's Movie Castle are my favorites.
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