Anime | Get to know the best Studio Ghibli movies

When you talk about Studio Ghibli, for an anime fan, you talk about a milestone, a before and after. Many of us fans grew up with movies like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke , Howl ‘s Moving Castle. . . Be that as it may, Studio Ghibli is associated with the best animated content that Japan has to offer, and the fact that its creator, Hayao Miyazaki, is considered a legend in the world of animation makes it worthy of a list of its own.

Without further ado, let’s start with our selection of the best that Studio Ghibli has given us.

1. Spirited Away (2001)

Genre: Adventure, Supernatural, Drama
Premiere: July 20, 2001
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The most successful film in Japanese history and the only film from the studio to take home an Oscar, Spirited Away tells the story of an innocent and spoiled ten-year-old girl who, along with her parents, discovers a playground. abandoned attractions on the way to his new home. However, not everything is what it seems, and once the sun goes down, terrifying apparitions begin to appear and her parents are turned into pigs for eating food they shouldn’t. Chihiro unknowingly entered the spirit world, so she must muster the courage to work and live among them, with the help of the enigmatic Haku and the rest of the cast she meets during her journey.

2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Premiere: November 20, 2004
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The infamous wizard Howl lives in a moving castle that never stops walking and creaking. Also, the wizard seems to be a casanova, or so Sophie Hatter often hears. Sophie is the hatter’s daughter, and she doesn’t expect much of her future except inheriting her father’s shop. However, Sophie’s simple life is turned upside down when a witch curses her for drawing Howl’s attention, turning her into an old woman. To return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and his wacky companions to his Howl’s Moving Castle on a dangerous adventure during the war that is destroying her kingdom.

3. Princess Mononoke (1994)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Released: July 12, 1994
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Young Ashitaka’s arm is cursed by a beast, and every time he uses his powers, he loses his life. Searching for a cure, he comes across the conflict of the Tatara village, where the San princess does not allow his deforestation even though it is a request from an important lady. Deforestation could have serious consequences for the creatures of the forest, and Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of the struggle between humans and nature for his own survival, while he deals with the demon that is slowly devouring existence. the.

4. Memory of Marnie (2014)

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Psychology
Premiere: July 19, 2014
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Anna Sasaki suffers from constant asthma attacks. Because of this, she is asocial, quiet, and isolated from her peers, which causes her adoptive parents to worry. Following a doctor’s orders, Anna is sent to the countryside, hoping that the clean air and a more relaxed life will improve her health and help clear her mind. Indulging in her passion for drawing, Anna spends her summer days living with her aunt and uncle in a small coastal town. One day, during a walk, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh house. However, she soon finds out that she is not as empty as she seems, as she ends up with a mysterious girl named Marnie. The girl’s jovial and effervescent character manages to take Anna out of her comfort zone, leaving the house every night to see her new friend.

5. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Genre: Historical Drama
Released: April 16, 1988
Director: Isao Takahata

Animated by Hideaki Anno ( Evangelion ) tells the story of two surviving brothers of the Second World War in 1945, while Japan is destroyed by American bombs. Orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to travel the countryside, surviving hunger and disease. Being ignored by the apathy of the adults, they discover that desperate circumstances can turn the kindest people into cruel beings, but their hope continues to shine in the face of their sorrows, preventing these brothers from succumbing to a fate that seems inevitable. The story is based on the autobiography of Akiyuki Nosaka.

6. Porco Rosso (1992)

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Psychology
Premiere: July 18, 1992
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Porco Rosso is a veteran World War I fighter pilot turned bounty hunter, who has been transformed into an anthropomorphic pig due to a rare curse.

7. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Released: November 23, 2013
Director: Isao Takahata

A bamboo cutter named Okina comes across a baby inside a branch, and convinced that she is a princess sent from heaven, he takes her home. Okina and his wife are in charge of raising the little girl, whose name is now Kaguya. When Kaguya has grown up, her adoptive father finds a treasure that leads him to make the decision to move from the countryside to a castle, to make her a true princess.

8. The Red Turtle (2016)

Genre: Drama
Premiere: May 18, 2016
Director: Michaël Dudok de Wit

The film was co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli in association with Why Not Productions. An unidentified man is shipwrecked on a desert island. After being able to feed and discover a wide variety of animals, he decides that he wants to leave. As he makes his journey, a mysterious creature destroys his raft, forcing him to return. After a second failed escape attempt, he discovers that the animal is in fact a mysterious red turtle.

9. Ponyo (2008)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Released: July 19, 2008
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo is a Japanese version of the Little Mermaid story, where a boy meets a goldfish that turns out to be a young fish with magical powers. After making the decision to reject her heritage and become human, Ponyo causes a magical imbalance in the world that knocks the moon out of its orbit and puts humans in danger. Determined to fix her mistake with the help of Sousuke, her friend, they go on an adventure to make it right, but in such a way that Ponyo can stay human.

10. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Genre: Children, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
Premiere: April 16, 1988
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Satsuki, Mei and their father move to the countryside to accompany their mother during an illness. While learning about rural life, Mei comes across a rabbit-like creature, and following it, she finds Totoro, a giant forest spirit with whom she befriends. When her sister Satsuki also meets Totoro, the two girls embark on a magical adventure full of awesome creatures.

11. Nausicaa (1984)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Premiere: March 11, 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Almost all life on Earth has been destroyed by a nuclear war, and humanity is fighting with nature, which wants its land back. Far from the jungle is the Valley of the Wind, an agricultural place where the young princess of the valley, Nausicaä, lives. One day, the girl discovers that in the remains of an aircraft that crashed in the Valley there were remains of an unknown object, and soon the Valley is invaded by an army. The military admits that they want to revive a dangerous weapon originating from nuclear war, and the young Nausicaä will fight to prevent the earth from suffering extinction again.

12. Castle in the Sky (1986)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Release: August 2, 1986
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Sheeta and her friend Pazu find themselves in the middle of a showdown with the government when they are both interested in delving into the mysterious castle in the sky, Laputa.

13. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
Premiere: July 29, 1989
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Kiki is a 13-year-old apprentice witch who, in order to complete her studies in witchcraft, must move away from her family and friends, but with the company of her faithful black kitten, Jiji.

14. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Premiere: July 15, 1995
Director: Yoshifumi Kondou

Shizuku Tsukishima is a fan of reading and likes to write poetry. One day she discovers that a young man with the same tastes as her is visiting the same library, and she decides to meet him. When they meet, there is an instant connection, and they share their dreams and aspirations for the future.

15. The Wind Rises (2013)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Historical
Premiere: July 20, 2013
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Jirou Horikoshi is nearsighted, and that cuts short his dreams of becoming a pilot. However, he decides to undertake aeronautical engineering studies to design airplanes like his hero, Giovanni Battista Caproni.