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Posted 9/1/17 , edited 9/1/17
This is gonna be interesting. I personally love every film I've seen by him. What about you?
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Some of his are better than others, but I wouldn't call even the least of them overrated.
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No.
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in my opinion, no. they are truly great.

keep in mind many of them were made in the 80s-90s, they have stood the test of time incredibly well.
compared to many other anime from that era that did not age nearly as well.
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Maybe, but here's what I think:

Spirited Away? meh!

Princess Mononoke? very cool

Castle in the Sky? classic

The Castle of Cagliostro? meh!

Kiki's Delivery Service? girly, but it's still decent animation overall

My Neighbor Totoro? too lighthearted for men, but it's okay

Grave of the Fireflies? too dramatic for my tastes (war isn't always an evil or scary entity), but it's okay
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I love them, I haven't met anyone who doesn't love them.

Where I live, a local movie theater is having showings of Studio Ghibli films, I think once or twice a month. My roommate and I went to go watch Castle in the Sky while it was available and I was quite surprised by the amount of people who also came to watch the movie.
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KurtIrving wrote:
Grave of the Fireflies? too dramatic for my tastes (war isn't always an evil or scary entity), but it's okay


Grave of the Fireflies was directed by Isao Takahata, not Miyazaki (he also directed Only Yesterday, Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas. They are all Studio Ghibli films, but not Miyazaki's work).

As far as being overrated? No. The worst of Miyazaki's films are worth watching, and the best are world class classics.
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No. They all deserve the acclaim that they get.
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I only like a couple, the rest are kinda meh to me. My girlfriend loves all of them, I DO think a lot are overrated. Call me the oddball, apparently.
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Grave of the Fireflies was directed by Isao Takahata, not Miyazaki (he also directed Only Yesterday, Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas. They are all Studio Ghibli films, but not Miyazaki's work).

As far as being overrated? No. The worst of Miyazaki's films are worth watching, and the best are world class classics.


I agree, but The Castle of Cagliostro is still boring plus there are better Lupin movies.
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Yes. They're all terrible, and Miyazaki's reputation is far from well-deserved. The man made his entire fortune ripping off things he saw Disney doing first and has yet to contribute a single original, coherent thought to either the fields of animation or storytelling in his entire life.








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Grave of the Firelires was more or less a subverted growing of age tale, where instead of having personal growth, we see the results of a destructive and immature lifestyle. That being said, while Seita is a kid, I find it difficult to believe that his pride is so much more important than his sister's life, or the fact that he thinks it is so unfair he has to work when his aunt takes him in, who simply admonishes him when he does not.

I do not like the film. Seita failed to grow on the cusp of adulthood, and I do not see the point of viewing it unlike Barefoot Gen on the usage of atomic weaponry in the future. People die of irresponsibility, children die of neglect, it happens every day, and is in no way just limited to war time hardships.

Two kids suffer in wartime, they die. I do not understand it when the death was caused by, and as a whole the hardships were exacerbated, by Seita himself.


Also, I would contest they are actually underrated when Howl's Moving Castle lost the Academy Award For Best Animation To Wallace and Grommit.
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Also, Disney deserves credit, as the original agreement between Ghibli and Disney was that they would not edit of modify any of Ghibli's work, with expressed interest and respect to Hayao Miyazaki in particular.

That being said, I think recommending Studio Ghibli films as a "Hey, you want to get into anime? Watch this and see what you think afterwards!" is a terrible idea. I think Ghibli films are so far apart in focus from the usual line of anime airing before and now that it seems dishonest, or disillusioned, to recommend them as gateway anime than simply a masterpiece of animation that just happens to created primarily in Japan. Otaku culture is not made for everyone, while Miyazaki's films are on some level, more for a general audience, as well as generally being more sophisticated in just about every aspect. Heck, this is most of Ghibli's work.

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Peripheral Onii-Chan....



you just ruined Grave of the Fireflies for me...


Nah, I still love the movie.



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Well I've only seen Spirited Away, but I didn't think it was that amazing, so yes I do believe that one is overrated.

The animation is definitely amazing (even if you don't really like the art style like me), but I really don't know what else that movie has that is extraordinary.
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