Hi! I know I mostly post book reviews but my lord and savior Hayao Miyazaki just announced that he’ll be opening up a theme park based on his Studio Ghibli films! (news link here!) I am fangirling way too hard because I absolutely adore this studio’s work; their movies are freaking beautiful I tell you.
For this post I’ll be using gifs from a tumblr blog I love called ghibli-mania, y’all should give ’em a follow! ~ヾ(＾∇＾)
Let’s start with my number one favorite!
I think I’ve seen this film more than 30 times. No joke. It’s probably the most well known, aside from Ponyo, but it still holds the biggest place in my heart. I always see it in English, one day I’ll watch it in Japanese. I just really love Haku’s voice in English (o˘◡˘o)
The story revolves around a 10 year old girl named Chihiro who is on her way to moving to her new home with her two parents. Alon the way, they get lost and stumble into this seemingly abandoned theme part. The parents are eager to explore thanks to the far off aroma of good food but Chihiro is reluctant and scared.
And that’s when things get strange. Spirits starts to emerge, her parents turn into pigs and now she’s trapped in this in between world that divides the spirit world from the human one. A strange boy named Haku claims to know her and tells that to survive, no one must find out she’s human and in turn, she must get hired at the infamous bathhouse to secure her protection.
The first time I saw this film, I was really young but I remember it leaving this huge impact in me. I didn’t see it again for a long time until they put it back on TV and when I saw it again, I cried. The biggest wave of nostalgia hit me and I just had to buy the DVD to see it over and over again. This story is about growth and change and love and how you must work to achieve it. There’s magic, dragons, giant babies and the weirdest spirits you’ll ever meet.
The characters in this movie are fantastic, I loved Haku, I loved Chihiro and how much she grows due to this experience, I love the villains and I lovelovelove No Face. Seriously, you’ll love him with your life!
I mean, LOOK AT HIM. TOO MUCH CUTENESS.
Studio Ghibli has the best animation I’ve seen in my time. It’s so alive and beautiful and vivid; you have to see the movies numerous times to be able to take everything in. Each time you see it, I promise you’ll find something you didn’t see the first time around. I also promise you won’t regret giving this film a try, whether you’re an adult, a teen or a child!