Review: The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (Vol. 1)

A girl, precocious and young, wanders through the woods and into empty villages with her guardian—but this adult is no normal man. “Teacher,” as Shiva calls him, is an “outsider,” a tall, black creature with a beak like an eagle and long horns protruding from his head. In this world, it is taught that outsiders… Read More Review: The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (Vol. 1)

Ghibli Month Comes to a Close with the Ghibli Tournament Winner!

At the beginning of the month, we started with all 21 movies in Ghibli’s canon and added would-be canon film, Nausicaa, to the mix in our tournament to decide the best Ghibli film. It was a tortuous tournament for Ghibli lovers—how can you decide between Spirited Away and Howl’s? Between Grave of the Fireflies and… Read More Ghibli Month Comes to a Close with the Ghibli Tournament Winner!

Ashitaka and Porco: Ghibli’s True Believers

One of Miyazaki’s hallmarks is to feature heroines as protagonists. There are a few exceptions, though—namely Porco (Porco Rosso), Jiro (The Wind Rises), and Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke), but even the latter is overshadowed by the pair of women with central roles in Princess Mononoke who are considerably more complex and interesting as characters. Still, Ashitaka… Read More Ashitaka and Porco: Ghibli’s True Believers

Studio Ghibli Tournament Final: Spirited Away v. Princess Mononoke

We’re finally here—the final round to determine the best Studio Ghibli film! Spirited Away takes on its immediate predecessor, Princess Mononoke in the final round! If it means anything, I think you guys got it exactly right as I ranked these films as the top two (Ranked: Every Studio Ghibli Movie) in the studio’s canon.… Read More Studio Ghibli Tournament Final: Spirited Away v. Princess Mononoke

As the Spirit Moves You: How Studio Ghibli Films Leave Room for A Range of Religious Interpretations

Today’s guest post is by Kaitlyn Ugoretz, a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara whose research focuses on the globalization of Shinto through popular and digital media and the growth of online Shinto communities. Since childhood, my life has been suffused with… Read More As the Spirit Moves You: How Studio Ghibli Films Leave Room for A Range of Religious Interpretations