I’ve been watching Studio Ghibli films for 20+ years now. The first Studio Ghibli film I saw was My Neighbor Totoro back in the mid-90s and have been a fan since then. I’ve enjoyed pretty much every Studio Ghibli films I’ve seen. Recently, I did a marathon of the films and thought I’ll share my favorite Studio Ghibli films I’ve seen so far. 😀 So if you’re not interested, u can stop reading now. But if you’re curious, continue reading!
I was going to make a Top 20 Studio Ghibli film, but I’m too lazy. So I’ll just cut it short and go to my top 5.
5. Only Yesterday
^The scene is this pic above, I freaking love it! LOL! Whenever I eat a pineapple, I always think of this scene. Only Yesterday is about a single, 27 yrs old girl named Taeko that lives and works in the city. During her vacation, she decided to visit her brother-in-law’s family in the countryside to get away from the city life. On her visit, she reminisced about her childhood when she was still a little girl and had to dealt with her first crush, period, and the relationship of her parents and 2 older sisters. I have never seen a slice of life (drama) animated like this ever. I just love how everything seem so realistic, even the characters’ facial expression seem real.
I’m a person that enjoy reminiscing, so I can relate to Taeko. Although I thought the ending was very sweet and mention how realistic this story is, it was probably the only part I wish was the most real. Not sure if that made sense but I don’t want to spoil anything. 😛
4. My Neighbor Totoro
The first film I recommend friends that has never seen any Studio Ghibli film to watch. I’m sure I’m not the only one that watching My Neighbor Totoro brings back childhood memories. My family used to own the FOX VHS version. I like this version more than the new Disney one.
3. Castle in the Sky
The first Studio Ghibli film, Castle in the Sky is full of non-stop action about a girl named Sheeta that has an ancestors called Laputa, who build a castle….in the sky!? Actually, it’s in the cloud. LOL. It should be called “Castle in the Cloud”. But oh well. A boy, Pazu, helps Sheeta from a group of pirates and soldiers! If u want to watch an entertaining Studio Ghibli film, I highly recommend Castle in the Sky.
2. Whisper in my Hearts
There’s something about innocent love that I always cheer for. Shizuku and Seiji are a “couple” in that category. I love their relationship. I especially love Shizuku! She’s such a curious, blunt and stubborn girl. LOL. Gotta love their “Country Road” song!! I enjoy how simple and fun this film is. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if this should be my #1 Studio Ghibli film instead. 😉
…and for my #1 Studio Ghibli film!!!!
1. Princess Mononoke
This is a fantasy story but damn, a very good one with so many meanings! 🙂 I LOVE Ashitaka!! He’s probably my favorite male Studio Ghibli character. San aka Mononoke, is also an amazing character as well! Ashitaka is a prince of his village, the Emishi people but ends up getting cursed by a demon on his arm. Since he’s cursed, he has to leave his village so his village won’t get cursed as well. This is sad because Ashitaka is the only prince for his people so for him to leave, they have no ruler. His Emishi people is also becoming a smaller group of people. Ashitaka leaves to find a way to get the curse out of him and the only way to do that is the find the person or thing that caused the curse. Once he leaves his village, he finds out that outside where he lives, there is a war going on, not just for human vs human, but also animal gods vs humans. Ashitaka is the neutral person, not wanting to take sides and trying his best to bring peace to everyone involved in the war. A movie about understanding perspective of others, war, life, love, peace…just an awesome movie!!! 🙂
Other noticeable Studio Ghibli films I’ve enjoy:
The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Grave of Fireflies, The Wind Rises, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Pom Poko, Ocean Waves
CHECK OUT SOME AWESOME GIFs I’VE MADE OF MY 2 FAVORITE STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS: https://twixcff.wordpress.com/studio-ghibli/