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
For episode 63, David, Peter, and Holly join in on Ghibli Month by examining the themes of Spirited Away through its characters. Perhaps not unexpected from Miyazaki and the movie considered by many to be his highest achievement, Spirited Away has a lot to tell us about the human condition through its bath house denizens,… Read More TangleCast 63: The Characters of Spirited Away
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
I would be remiss if Ghibli Month on Beneath the Tangles went by without us doing a post specifically about fan art! There are a lot of wonderful pieces out there created by the fabulous community of artists who enjoy Ghibli films, but perhaps none as lovely (to me at least) as these pieces by… Read More Friday Fanart: Studio Ghibli in Silhouette
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
My first anime experience in theaters remains my best. I saw Spirited Away when it premiered in the U.S. in 2002, and even though I had already seen a couple Studio Ghibli films, I was not prepared for what an amazing experience it would be to watch Miyazaki’s latest on the big screen. GKIDS and… Read More Giveaway: Two Tickets to See Spirited Away in Theaters!
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
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 Ranking Every Studio Ghibli Movie From 22 to 1