24 Studio Ghibli anime from the worst to the best

Studio Ghibli (Studio Ghibli) was founded in the 80s by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and amazed moviegoers with their amazing works. They now have millions of fans worldwide, and even if you're not necessarily a fan of anime, you can still enjoy their creations. The works of Studio Ghibli (also called "Ghibli" or "Ghibori") have always been praised by critics for their visual effects, powerful characters, and creative storytelling; Some even describe this company as the "Japanese Disney", but in some ways, sometimes the films of this studio surpass this western competitor in terms of quality and consistency. No, but we have done it with many challenges, although such a list may not satisfy everyone. We have tried to pay more attention to the level of creativity, depth, atmosphere, storytelling and overall quality of the works, but in the end such a list is a matter of taste.

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Studio Ghibli (Studio Ghibli) was founded in the 80s by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and amazed moviegoers with their amazing works. They now have millions of fans worldwide, and even if you're not necessarily a fan of anime, you can still enjoy their creations. The works of Studio Ghibli (also called "Ghibli" or "Ghibori") have always been praised by critics for their visual effects, powerful characters, and creative storytelling; Some even describe this company as the "Japanese Disney", but in some ways, sometimes the films of this studio surpass this western competitor in terms of quality and consistency. No, but we have done it with many challenges, although such a list may not satisfy everyone. We have tried to pay more attention to the level of creativity, depth, atmosphere, storytelling and overall quality of the works, but in the end such a list is a matter of taste.

24- Earwig and the Witch

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  • Published year: 2020
  • Director: Goro Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Shinobu Terajima, Atsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, Yuji Ueda, Kokoro Hirasawa
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  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 4.8 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 29 out of 100

Unfortunately, Studio Ghibli's newest creation is one of their weakest products. Adapted from the novel of the same name written by Diana Wayne Jones (who also wrote Howl's Moving Castle), Erwig and the Wizard is the studio's first 3D computer animation. Although no one liked to see Gilbee stray from its roots, this decision didn't seem so bad on paper, but unfortunately Erwig's poor animation and datedness caused it to be criticized and made to look like second-rate TV productions. Compared to Ghibli's fresh and heartwarming 2D works, Erwig and the Magician has nothing to say, at least visually. Ervig is an orphan girl who does housework for her godmother Bella Yaga. Ironically, Bela Yaga is a witch, but she is not particularly attractive and does not benefit from proper characterization. In order to disappoint the fans even more, Goro Miyazaki has attached an awful ending to the work; It is in the final parts that the story becomes a little interesting, but suddenly everything ends to lose a little of the potential of Erwig and the magician. Goro Miyazaki, the son of the great Hayao Miyazaki, usually deals with trial and error in his works, which has made his creations sometimes excellent and sometimes weak, but in Ervig you will not find any bright spots.

23- Ocean Waves

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  • Published year: 1993
  • Director: Tomomi Mochizuki
  • Voice actors: Nobu Tobita, Yoko Sakamoto, Kai Araki, Yuri Amano li>
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 6.6 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 89 out of 100

One of the less seen and less known works of Ghibli; Ocean Waves is a television anime that was made with a special purpose. Ghibli decided to let the younger members of the studio take on projects as well (smaller and cheaper projects). The development of Ocean Waves did not go as expected and went over budget, but the cheapness of the final version is still clearly visible, as it presents a fusion of the Ghibli style and the style of conventional TV anime.

From the visually weak work. We could ignore it if it was great in terms of story, but the story of this anime is a clich overall: a typical teenage love story without any special complexity. The main characters are not very likable and their actions alienate the audience, for example, Taco hires his friend to secretly take pictures of the girl he likes! Or "Rikako" who gets a lot of money from Tako by lying! The mentioned behaviors are not healthy and the movie does not explain these issues properly so that we feel that the two characters' attraction to each other is only physical and nothing more. In any case, Ghibli should be admired for giving his young artists the opportunity to create something different, and if you're not too strict, Ocean Waves can be fun.

22- Tales from Earthsea

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  • Year of publication: 2006
  • Director: Guru Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Bunta Sugawara, Junichi Okada, Yoko Tanaka, Teruyuki Kagawa, Kaoru Kobayashi
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 6.3 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes score for the movie: 43 out of 100

An adaptation of the popular book series of the same name written by Ursula Le Guin", The Tale of the Sea of Earth was the first project entrusted to Guro Miyazaki; A project that was perhaps too complicated and challenging for this amateur filmmaker. The film combines the story elements of the first four books of the series and presents them in two hours, which was definitely not enough. The film is ambitious, it has beautiful animations and illustrations, but these reasons are not enough to make it a landmark work. Critics criticized it for being overly serious, boring, weak characterization, and unclear tone.

The story opens with Arne murdering his father and then escaping by stealing his sword; No explanation is given in this regard until the middle of the film, and when we get to the answer, everything is ambiguous. This is just an example of the condition of the characters in the film, who give you the feeling that they exist only to advance the main story, they have no depth and depth, and the filmmaker is indifferent to them. In the story of the sea of earth, there is no mention of the dynamics, humanity, heart and feeling of other Studio Ghibli works; The characters are the pieces that move at the filmmaker's will to inject logic into the story. And the problem is that the said story is not adapted properly, while you find all the clichs of the fantasy genre in it. It seems that Goro Miyazaki was afraid of creating a unique work and decided to follow the same path that has been taken many times in the fantasy genre, but he also does poorly in repetition. The Tale of the Sea of Earth should be considered a disappointing anime, especially when we remember that Ursula Le Guin, with the original books, removed the clichs of western fantasy works and took this genre to a new direction.

21- Over the hill Shaggyeg (From Up on Poppy Hill)

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  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.4 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie : 87 out of 100

Above the Anemone Hill is undoubtedly the best and most complete work of Goro Miyazaki as a filmmaker; This time, we are dealing with a teenage love story that can satisfy fans of this genre because Goro Miyazaki has brought all the possible clichs to his work with a special delicacy to make sure that it meets the needs of the target audience. The winning card of the work is the nostalgic feeling that it presents from the 60s and that, unlike some of Ghibli's works, it proceeds with a calm and measured rhythm. The desired atmosphere of Goro Miyazaki is consistent. The two main characters don't get along at first but continue to gravitate towards each other until, in a strange plot twist, (spoiler hazard) they discover they might be brother and sister. This unexpected subplot is annoying and if it was removed from this anime, nothing would happen. The film's other subplot about saving an old building on the brink of demolition is also clichd, yet tolerable. The sweet moments of the film are the moments when the characters are immersed in normal life and interact with the world around them. Over the Anemone Hill is not suitable for every kind of taste, but its animations, atmosphere and rhythm will be satisfying for Ghibli fans.

20- When Marnie Was There

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  • Published year: 2014 Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Cast: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Ryuko Moriyama, Hitomi Kuroki, Nanako Matsushima
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.7 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 92 out of 100

When Marnie Was There is an emotional and unpretentious drama that benefits from a decent structure but is not as lasting and impactful as it should be. After watching it, you probably think that what was the purpose of making such a work at all, but in any case, we are facing a work that sings an elegy about nostalgia, childhood and friendship, and it does it in the right way. Gives. The story is about a 12-year-old girl named "Ana" who travels to a new city in the summer to spend some time with her family. There he meets a mysterious girl named "Marnie" in an old house lives and asks Anna not to tell her secrets to anyone.

Like the flagship works of Studio Ghibli, here you will encounter stunning perspectives. The film has a sad and honest tone, which is not so bad, but it makes you feel like the film is betraying itself in the final parts. Instead of focusing on the friendship between the two girls, an unnecessary plot twist occurs in the final third to justify the connection between the two. This twist is not only misplaced and confusing, but also poorly explained. Despite a disappointing ending, When Marnie Was There offers an emotional take on a young girl's experiences and worldview, but Hiromasa Yonebayashi could have done better.

19- The Cat Returns

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  • Year of publication: 2002
  • Director: Hiroyuki Morita
  • Voice actors: Chizuru Ikewaki, Tetsu Watanabe, Aki Maeda, Tetsuro Tamba
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.2 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 88 out of 100

According to one of the secondary characters of the anime "Whisper of the Heart", the return of the cat is not a very ambitious film and does not want to be a deep or complex work; Instead, we are faced with a cute little adventure that remains entertaining until the end. Harrow's trip to the world of cats is something like Alice in Wonderland, except without the surreal elements.

The characters are likable and the film has some good comedic moments, especially the parts "Cat King" (with the interesting voice of "Tim Curry" in the American version). The Return of the Cat isn't one of Studio Ghibli's best (unless you're a cat lover), but it's a smart and quirky anime worth watching.

18- Whisper of the Heart

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  • Year of publication: 1995 li>
  • Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
  • Voice actors: Yoko Hona, Issei Takahashi, Shigeru Morui, Shigeru Tsuyoguchi, Keijo Kobayashi
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.9 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 94 out of 100

Another quiet love story; The whisper of the heart has its own special fans. The strength of this anime is its portrait of Shizuku Tsukishima, a 14-year-old girl who is growing up and discovering what place she wants to have in the world, and ultimately decides to become a writer.

The romantic relationship of the movie is well done but it is a bit too idealistic. Some of the sweet and even emotional moments of the film do not affect any kind of audience, and sometimes they go to the border of being annoying, but the whisper of the heart is overall clean and humble. There are even sequences where you feel the magic and fantasy of Studio Ghibli. But perhaps the film's biggest problem is its ending, which, like some of this studio's works, is abrupt, although even this not-so-good ending does not harm the impression of adolescence that the anime presents.

17- My Neighbors the Yamadas

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  • Year of release: 1999
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Voice actors: Hayato Izubata, Masako Araki, Naomi Ono, Toro Masuka
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.1 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie : 78 out of 100

Another good anime that is largely forgotten now; My Neighbor Yamada, however, is a defensible work that differentiates itself from Studio Ghibli's familiar works with a different animation style and is faithful to the source's "yunkuma" format (yunkuma is actually a special type of comic strip that is used in graphic novels). you will find manga). The film narrates brief events from the life of the Yamada family. Some of these events last less than a minute and others are a bit longer, but each one can be described as a short film. The Yamada family may be weird and messed up, but they are lovable, and you can probably find some of their behavior in any of your own families, so you can relate to these characters.

You will need some time. Get used to the animation style of the work and its minimal style may not appeal to every taste, but Isao Takahata has managed to create beautiful images in this simple structure, especially in the beginning and end of the film. My Neighbor Yamada is an experimental work that is not convincing in all parts, but the funniest and emotions in it are enough to drag you to the end.

16- The Secret World of Ariti Arrietty)

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  • Year of publication : 2010
  • Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Voice actors: Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Otake, Keiko Takeshita, Tatsuya Fujiwara
  • IMDB user rating for the movie: 7.6 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 94 of 100

Adapted from the novel "The Trustees" written by "Mary Norton", the secret world of Ariti cares more about visual appeal than content, but it is not criticized because visually it is one of the most beautiful anime. Studio Ghibli. The story revolves around a family of small people who live within the walls of a normal-sized house.

One can understand the small world created by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, where ordinary objects such as spoons and hair clips are used as survival tools. became. The subplot of "Shu" and his heart disease may not be as interesting as the adventures of Ariti and other characters, but it does not distract the audience. Ariti's Secret World is a mild movie and at least visually it can satisfy different tastes.

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15- Howl's Moving Castle

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  • Published year: 2004
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Chiko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Haruko Kato
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 8.2 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 87 out of 100

Many fans of Studio Ghibli call this famous anime their favorite work, but Howell's Moving Castle is a step behind compared to the previous works of this studio (these are the personal opinion of the author of the text and differ from the views of the translator). The film is dreamy and visually understated, but it lacks the pleasing simplicity of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces: the film tries to cover a variety of themes that it doesn't quite succeed in, the story moves vaguely and sometimes confuses the viewer. It is difficult to understand the war that happens in the story, how and why it started, what is the role of "Howl" in this war and why "Soliman" is present in the film at all. For such a story, it is important that the filmmaker answers some of the questions raised.

Another weakness of the story of Howell's Moving Castle is that it is not focused and goes too far, an approach that has hurt it and makes Some audiences do not get the expected connection with the movie. Visually, this anime should be described as brilliant, but there is no idea or meaning in the interior of these visual beauties. Of course, this movie is not popular for its story or ideas, but for its characters, animation, originality and atmosphere. And if we leave aside the plot and narrative weaknesses, we also have no choice but to admire this enduring anime.

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14- Only Yesterday

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  • Year of publication: 1991
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Voice actors: Miki Imai, Toshiro Yanagiba, Yoko Hona, Mayumi Izuka,
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.6 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 100 out of 100

Many of Studio Ghibli's works have dealt with childhood and puberty, but this same yesterday presents an impressive portrait of adulthood, especially from the age of 25 to 30, when many people analyze their emotions and motivations during this period. "Taeko" is a 27-year-old woman who wants to get away from the city for a short time, so she travels to the countryside. Along the way, he remembers his childhood memories and at the same time tries to discover his identity in the present, who he is and what he wants to do in his life. We have seen the present with memories of the past many times in different movies, but in the medium of animation, this technique is not often used; Just Yesterday is based on such a structure and has used this technique in the best possible way. Taiko's adventure to achieve self-knowledge makes the adult audience think. Isao Takahata also deals a little with love during adolescence and adulthood, the same themes that we will face again 30 years later, in the animation "Blush", albeit in a more childlike atmosphere. Just yesterday's anime is a work of art to think about and a bitter reminder for adults who have become involved in routine and monotony and have forgotten themselves.

13- Porco Rosso

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  • Year of publication: 1992
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Shuichiro Moriyama, Tokiko Kato, Akido Otsuka
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.7 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes score for the film: 95 out of 100

Among the works of Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso has received less attention, perhaps The reason for its strange story idea: a man with a pig's head flying in an airplane. But Porco Rosso is an original anime that has all the signatures of Studio Ghibli, from lovable characters and a beautiful animation to surprising, emotional and funny sequences.

The story takes place in 1929 in Italy. In a different world where thieves roam the ocean with seaplanes to find treasure and sometimes take people hostage. In the meantime, there are bounty hunters like the hero of the story, Porco, who fight with these thieves. We also have a subplot about a fascist government that has taken power and wants to retire people like Porco. Of course, Miyazaki has put these political elements in the background and does not deal with them much. The film pays homage to the popular culture of the 90s and Hollywood classics. Porco himself is a classic character that reminds the audience of "Humphrey Bogart" or "John Wayne". Porco Rosso doesn't answer all the questions it created, but Miyazaki has created a different adventure work that, like many of Studio Ghibli's creations, will immerse you in its world.

12- The Tale of Princess Kaguya the Princess Kaguya)

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  • Release year: 2013
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Voice actors: Kongo Kora, Takeo Chi, Atsuko Takahata , Tomoko Tabata, Takaya Kamikawa
  • IMDB user rating for the movie: 8 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 100 Out of 100

The latest work by the late Isao Takahata is markedly different from Studio Ghibli's famous animation style. The Legend of Princess Kaguya is inspired by watercolor paintings and tells the Japanese legend "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter". The story is about a bamboo cutting farmer who one day finds a little girl and takes her home and raises her as his child. The little girl grows up and is trained to become a prince, finds a suitor and finally gets noticed by the emperor.

At two hours and 17 minutes, The Legend of Princess Kaguya is one of the longest anime in history and although It looks minimal in terms of animation, but it is also considered one of the most expensive Japanese films in history. There are some minor plot twists that Isao Takahata could have removed, for example the parts related to the suitors go on too much. The film is long and has a slow rhythm, but it is not boring and creativity is visible in it, like the moments when Kaguya is sad and the animation style of the work changes to reflect the mood of the girl. The Legend of Princess Kaguya is a brilliant work of art, but these days it is almost forgotten, which shows that it does not have the durability and appeal of the more famous works of Studio Ghibli.

11- My Neighbor Totoro

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  • Year of publication: 1988 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Voice actors: Chika Sakamoto, Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Sumi Shimamoto, Tanie Kitabayashi
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 8.1 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 95 out of 100

Totoro has become one of the icons of Studio Ghibli and one of their most popular characters, and its anime has been praised many times since its release. My Neighbor Totoro tells a small and unassuming story about a family that has moved to the countryside, where the children meet the mysterious spirits of the forest. Like most of Studio Ghibli's productions, the magic of this work lies in its simplicity, and we are facing a positive and relaxing film. Manwal is lovely. Some of the scenes of the film, which go to the surreal border, impress the audience. Over the years, some fans have come up with dark theories about the film, but in My Neighbor Totoro, there's nothing more to be found than innocence and childlike wonder. It may seem that there is a dark message in the heart of the events, but the movie is what you see.

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10- Pom Poko

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  • Year of publication: 1994 li>
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Voice actors: Shigeru Izumiya, Akira Kamiya, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuriko Ishida
  • IMDB user rating for the movie: 7.3 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 86 out of 100

Pom Poko tells the story of a group of raccoon dogs (a type of native dog that resembles a raccoon and lives in Japan, China and Korea) that have featured prominently in ancient Japanese stories and legends say that these dogs have the power to change shape. There is also a theme in the movie. Pom Poku is one of those Japanese works that some of its ideas seem too strange for a non-native audience, and unfortunately, its poor English dubbing caused it to face negative reviews during its release period. Despite this, this creation by Isao Takahata is a well-made and rich work.

Many of Studio Ghibli's works have dealt with the importance of the environment, but few of them, like Pom Poko, talk about this issue with love and the protection of nature. They make it look important. The raccoon dogs of the story want to fight a development project that is destroying their land. The characters are memorable and funny, and the story is entertaining until a sad and surprising ending: as in the real world, the conflict between man and nature is one-sided. The messages of this film about the environment may not be tangible, but in any case, it is a valuable message.

9- Ponyo on the rock by the sea

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  • Year of release: 2008
  • Director : Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Yuria Nana, Hiroki Doi, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Yuki Amami, George Tokuro
  • Rating by IMDb users To the movie: 7.6 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes score to the movie: 91 out of 100

Ponio is a free adaptation of It is "The Little Mermaid", but it deviates from the original story and goes in a different direction, so comparing it with the original source may not be very logical. In this anime, Ponyo is not actually a mermaid, but a cute little creature that is cared for by a five-year-old child named Sousuke, who wishes to become a human girl. Ponyo on the Rock by the Sea is not a romantic movie, but it is a funny and lovely family work.

In the movie, you will find beautiful shots and outstanding emotional moments. Sousuke's mother, who raises him alone, has an interesting personality. Even though Ponyo behaves childishly and lacks depth, he is a character that any audience can relate to. The wizard of the story, "Fujimoto" is not drawn like other Ghibli villains, a one-dimensional evil and evil creature.

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8- The Wind Rises

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  • Published year: 2013 li>
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Hideaki Anno, Miuri Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7 7 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes score for the movie: 88 out of 100

Hayao Miyazaki was supposed to close his artistic portfolio with The wind rises to finish; You will definitely feel this feeling of "finality" in this anime. The film tells a fictitious story of a real person, Jiro Horikoshi, an engineer and designer of fighter planes for Japan during World War II. He loved airplanes and described them as "beautiful dreams", so it is obvious that Miyazaki, who has a great love for airplanes himself, would go to this character and turn his life story into a movie.

Film sequences It's crazy, including strange planes flying in Giro's dreams and a tragic portrait of the 1923 earthquake and its aftermath. The film also depicts Giro's moral concerns that the planes he built are now being used to kill innocent people. He considers himself responsible for these events, a man who dreamed of building modern and innovative technologies but now participates in the murders of the world war. Of course, the film does not want to examine these moral issues in such a way that Jiro is placed in the position of the accused, on the contrary, Miyazaki deals with the personal life and dreams of this man; What he wanted to do and how much he worked to make his dreams come true. The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's most personal work, and if it became his last work, we could consider it a worthy and admirable end for this great filmmaker.

7- Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

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  • Published year: 1979
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Yasuo Yamada, Yoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue, Eiko Masuyama, Goro Naya
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 7.6 out of 10
  • Rating Rotten Tomatoes to the movie: 95 out of 100

This anime was actually made when Studio Ghibli was not yet established, but it is the result of the work of Hayao Miyazaki and the same team that later became members of It became a famous studio. An adaptation of the Lupin III manga, you don't need to know much about the series to enjoy this film. Also, watching an anime from the late 70s directed by Miyazaki is a thrill.

Castle of Cagliostro is actually an action movie inspired by classic adventure TV anime, but with those elements. The familiarity of Studio Ghibli is also visible, from their different atmosphere to a colorful and energetic world. Le Pen's character, who was an anti-hero in the original series, is presented as a lovable rebellious young man in this film. Since this is Miyazaki's first work, you can see elements in Cagliostro's castle that the filmmaker left out in his later works. In this exciting movie, you can also feel the love and obsession of the production team to deliver a unique work.

6- Castle in the Sky

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  • Published year: 1986
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada
  • IMDB user rating To the movie: 8 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes score to the movie: 96 out of 100

The first movie to be officially The name of Studio Ghibli was published; A castle in the sky is the embodiment of all magical elements and the way this studio looks at animation. In this film, Miyazaki presents a brilliant combination of fantasy, steampunk and adventure. The story is about a boy and a girl named Pazo and Shita who want to find a legendary floating city called Laputa. Along the way, they encounter bandits, strange flying machines, advanced ancient robotic technology, and other surprises.

Unlike Miyazaki's later works, the film features a clear villain who is not gray, an evil government agent. In the English version, "Mark Hamill" is in charge of its voice. The world and characters created by Miyazaki never get old and are worth watching many times, especially the pirates of the story, who you will not be disappointed to meet. The memorable scenes of the film should not be overlooked, especially the giant robot in the story, which reminds of Miyazaki's interest in machines and technology, he usually presents them in combination with nature.

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5- Princess Mononoke

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  • Year of publication: 1997
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Yuji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yoko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura
  • IMDb rating for the movie: 8.4 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 93 out of 100

Princess Mononoke is one of those animes that you can recognize at the first glance. Dedihi is different and original, a creative and original work that you probably ask yourself why we don't have more movies like it? The film is one of Ghibli's enduring efforts in art and animation, a fantasy-epic adventure about gods, demons and ghosts. The English version of this anime introduced many Western audiences to the works of Studio Ghibli for the first time and was also an open letter to all those who thought that animations were only for children and could not be taken seriously.

Princess Mononoke It examines the relationship between man and nature and does this in the best possible way. In the world of the film, humans are in conflict with spirits and animals, but none of these groups are depicted as evil. All of them are trying to survive: humans by expanding industry and civilization, and animals by standing up to those who exploit natural resources. "Lady Abushi" is perhaps the most complex character in the story: she is a kind woman who cares for the sick and injured people, but at the same time, she wants to destroy the forest spirit (the most powerful spirit in nature) because she sees it as a great threat to her people. "Sun", a girl raised by wolves and one of the symbols of the film, is inferior in terms of characterization compared to Mrs. Abushi, but the film is so artistic that you overlook its few weaknesses.

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4- Kiki's Delivery Service

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  • Year of release: 1989
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Mienami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappi Yamaguchi, Koichi Yamadara
  • IMDb user ratings for the movie: 7.8 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Movie Rating: 98 out of 100

KK's Delivery Service is a deceptively simple movie and a special event. It does not occur in it. On the surface, the story is about a young girl studying to become a witch. But really, nothing special magical happens in the movie: KK has a talking cat and flies on a broom and nothing else. On the contrary, the film presents a psychological portrait of a 13-year-old girl who is going through the hardships of life to grow up.

It may seem that there are no contradictions in the film; No negative characters, events or subplots to bring the story to a climax. But this conflict is there in the film, except that it is internal: KK's struggle with himself to fight his fears and anxieties and gain self-confidence. The film is an abstract of the feelings of a child or teenager who knows that one day he will grow up. And the fact that KK gradually loses his powers for a short period of time is understandable to the audience, we all have had the same experience, to fail on the way to a goal and start over. KK delivery service tells us not to give up and keep going.

3- Nausica of the Valley of the Wind

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  • Published year: 1984
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Sumi Shimamoto, Goro Naya, Yuji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Lemasa Kayumi IMDb user rating for the movie: 8 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 89 out of 100

Naoshika in comparison It's less acclaimed than Princess Mononoke, but it's another epic film that takes advantage of an even fresher setting: an apocalyptic version of Earth turned into a desert, populated by poisonous jungles inhabited by giant insects. This anime was actually made before Studio Ghibli existed, but it is considered one of their official products and is still one of their most influential works.

Naoshika has a complex world where different groups They live and are at war with each other, each with their own technology and a different lifestyle. All the details of this different world are not presented to the audience, but Miyazaki's storytelling must be considered exceptional, and of course, if you are one of those who want to get more information, you can refer to the original manga, which was also created by Miyazaki himself. "Naoshika" is one of the best Ghibli female protagonists, a teenage girl who wants to establish peace between groups and be a worthy leader for her people, Miyazaki has included human vulnerability in this character, and Naoshika is not a robot-like and idealistic human being. Naoshika of the Valley of the Wind also has a top-notch climax where you're treated to some of Studio Ghibli's best visuals. The story may take place in a world that is strange and far from belief, but human elements have made you believe in this crazy world.

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2- Grave of the Fireflies

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  • Year of publication: 1988
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Voice actors: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi li>
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 8.5 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 100 out of 100

The Burial of Fireflies is undoubtedly one of the saddest anime in the history of cinema, but it never approaches the valley of superficial sentimentality and pretentious melodramas, on the contrary, it is a deep and complex film that is a realistic portrait of the lives of two Japanese children during World War II. Offers. Sita, the older brother, and Setsuko, her younger sister, now live with their aunt after the death of their mother and the forced deployment of their father to the army. The aunt harasses the two children with inappropriate behavior until finally Sita decides to leave there with her sister and want to live an independent life in the countryside. This adventure turns into a disaster and tragedy.

We soon realize that in this chaotic world, Sita does not have the ability to survive and cannot create safe conditions for her sister, but her self-esteem and her need for independence do not allow it. to see the truth; He steps on a path that is entwined with destruction. Unlike other Ghibli animes, Isao Takahata has distanced himself from fantasy and the usual visual beauty of this studio's works is absent in this film. The film tries to be as close to reality as possible. The film condemns war but actually tells a small and personal sad story that can happen to any of us. What makes The Burial of Fireflies a masterpiece is its adultness, that too in an era when such a thing was not defined for the audience. As we mentioned above, at that time, it was believed that animations are for children and this movie showed everyone that such an approach is not true. Studio Ghibli never referred to this level of blackness and adult themes, but the Bury of Fireflies has said everything that was necessary and there are no more words left. Away)

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  • Year of publication : 2001
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Voice actors: Romi Hiragi, Mari Natsuki, Mio Irino, Bunta Sugawara
  • IMDb user rating for the movie: 8.6 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie: 97 out of 100

Ghost City was released in 2001 and quickly became a global phenomenon; A phenomenon that, after two decades, should still be admired. What makes this Studio Ghibli anime a definite masterpiece? The film has the highest possible quality in all departments, from the best visual effects to the most beautiful soundtrack and an engaging story that will not be forgotten. But beyond these, the film is the result of the imagination of a creative mind named Hayao Miyazaki, an artist who has no similar example in the world.

What makes this anime a solid work is its atmosphere. Fans of filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky and Yasujiro Ozu know the true power of cinema, these filmmakers take things slowly and immerse you gradually in the world they have created. Few directors have such power, including Miyazaki, whose art peak you can see in this work. Ghost Town reminds us of the power of cinema and its dream world should be watched by every fan of cinema and animation at least once.

We follow this world through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro. His journey to the world of spirits is an old story that may be familiar to all audiences: stepping into the underworld and returning from it, a world shrouded in shadows and haunted by ghosts. If you are familiar with Japanese mythology, you will enjoy the film more, but anyone from any culture can understand the themes and depictions of the film: from the gluttonous and greedy parents who turn into pigs to the dark ghost of the story, the "faceless" personification of loneliness. And human isolation. Of course, Ghost Town cannot be explained well, it is a movie that you have to experience. There are moments in the story that seem strange, but these are the moments that convey a different feeling to the viewer, while these inexplicable elements do not scare you and do not reduce the beauty of the work. City of Ghosts is considered not only the best anime of Studio Ghibli, but also one of the best films in the history of cinema.

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