TOH! Ranks the Top Ten Studio Ghibli Films, 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' Come to Blu-Ray UPDATE

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May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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  • cathy123 | September 25, 2013 10:29 PMReply

    Almost everyone is fond of ghibi with no reason .Perhaps for his childish ,perhanps for his love for comics .And one of my friend has bought a series of toys from toyswill.com of ghibi's products........

  • Berrish17 | July 18, 2013 9:55 PMReply

    So my high school daughter comes home saying they watched a great movie in English class today.Yes,ironically English class.... My daughter,who usually don't care about movies told me how awesome it was so I asked the title and WHAT?! SPIRITED AWAY!!!! Turns out her teacher loves ghibli movies and was showing it in class.ahhhh we all love ghibli :D

  • Alan | April 23, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    I love most Ghibli films, my favourite being only yesterday, Its sentimental without over doing it, it has such a wonderful innocence and charm about it. I adore it.

  • wyrdy the gerbil | April 12, 2013 9:10 PMReply

    Im not going to dispute your choices(i agree with most of them) but its a bit shameful Nausicaa isn't in the top ten

  • scott | April 6, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    I think because I saw Spirited Away first it will always be at the top of my own list. I had to take a couple of runs at Princess Mononoke because I had a big problem with the English voice (mis)casting specifically Billy Bob Thortons character which I found almost as unconvincing as Kevin Costner as Robin Hood. Oy vey. I loved Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro although I have yet to see Castle in the Sky which I hear is quite good.

  • Michael M. | March 31, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Who's John Lasseter? Haha.

  • Sora | March 30, 2013 9:36 PMReply

    I'm a huge Ghibli fan and always will be. With our technology today these movies can be easily seen all over the world by non-Japanese speaking audiences. I just don't understand why Americans have to wait for the English dubbed version all the time. I prefer watching these movies in its original Japanese audio (with subtitles on) because of the seiyuu's. The technicality and the heart they pour in to the character is also what makes the animation really engaging and magical. I've tried watching them in English and it doesn't really work for me - I feel removed from the character.

  • Brian | March 29, 2013 4:17 PMReply

    I'm very happy that you gave WHISPER OF THE HEART and ONLY YESTERDAY such prominence. They're two magnificent animated dramas that just don't get the attention they should. WHISPER OF THE HEART is one of the finest animated films I've ever seen and I constantly recommend it to children, adolescents and adults. (It's available on DVD.) ONLY YESTERDAY has had some festival showings in the U.S. and was aired once on TCM, but it's still never been officially distributed in the U.S., although hopefully that will change soon. When ONLY YESTERDAY aired on TCM, John Lasseter from Pixar was on hand with Ben Mankiewicz to introduce this film to the audience for the first time and all they talked about was how much Miyazaki liked TOY STORY and said not a word about the film. I'm still infuriated about that.

    Also, there's another animated feature from Ghibli, OCEAN WAVES (1993), that's one of the best high school dramas--animated or otherwise--I've ever seen. Hopefully that will eventually get released here as well.

    Oh, and one correction to your description of ONLY YESTERDAY: Taeko grew up in Tokyo, not the farming town, which she's visiting for the first time (to stay with her sister's husband's relatives). Her flashback to the '60s includes a reference to her older sister seeing the Beatles perform when they toured Tokyo in 1966.

  • Beth Hanna | March 29, 2013 5:28 PM

    @Brian -- Thanks for your comment. I was mis-remembering that "Only Yesterday" plot point, it's now been fixed..

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