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!
Before we bring Ghibli Month to a close, I want to thank everyone who joined us for this month-long celebration of all things Ghibli. We had a lot of fun with it—besides the articles here, we posted memes on Facebook, let you enter a Spirited Away contest on Twitter, and reblogged fan art over on… Read More Ghibli Month in Review
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
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
When I was young, I used to go to the library and rent DVD’s to watch at home. I forget why I chose it, but one day I hurried back with my first Studio Ghibli film in my arms: My Neighbor Totoro. As soon as I got home, I settled on the couch and started… Read More The Value of Other Lives in Princess Mononoke
Can you believe it? We’re already in the final four of our tournament to determine the best Studio Ghibli film! The quarterfinals last week weren’t very competitive: Spirited Away left Whisper of the Heart breathless; Kiki’s Delivery Service flew by Grave of the Fireflies; Princess Mononoke out-royaled Nausicaa; and Howl’s Moving Castle pulled some magic… Read More Studio Ghibli Tournament: Final Four
The round of sixteen in our tournament to determine the best Studio Ghibli film is done and we’re on to the elite eight! Spirited Away (v. Arrietty), Princess Mononoke (v. When Marnie Was There), Howl’s Moving Castle (v. Ponyo), and My Neighbor Totoro (v. Porco Rosso) crushed their opponents, and Grave of the Fireflies one… Read More Studio Ghibli Tournament: Round of 8
We’re proud to present a guest post today by Eric Reinders, a professor of East Asian religions, religion and fantasy, and fortune-telling in the Department of Religion of Emory University. He has authored books on Christianity in China, Medieval Chinese Buddhism, and the films of Miyazaki. His current project is on Chinese translations of Tolkien.… Read More Creative Spark and a Whisper of the Heart
Studio Ghibli’s contribution to anime (and animation in general) cannot be understated. Founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio has produced many of Japan’s most hallowed films, movies that are both critically acclaimed and monsters at the box office. In 1996, Disney partnered with Studio Ghibli to bring… Read More Ranked: Every Studio Ghibli Movie
I’ve been watching anime now for almost 35 years. Crazy, huh? But that’s not to say that I’ve been an otaku for that long—just as with many of you, my original viewing of the medium was as a youngster and without realizing the origin of what I was watching. It wasn’t until years later that… Read More What Anime Are Most Significant for Your Otaku Journey?