Freeloader (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/29/12 | Reply
My favorite Ghibli movie - although it's extremely hard to pick a favorite among these masterpieces - is Princess Mononoke ♥ （ゝ。∂）I love the creativeness of the world presented within this film. The spirits are all unique and well-developed. Not to mention the characters all have different beliefs and goals that they fight for. It brings to life the wonderful concept of "saving the forest" with a magical twist. Honestly, it's one of the greatest films to watch. Not only does it have a wonderful message incorporated into a gorgeous story-line, but the graphics and animation of Ghibli are always second to none <3
Senior Otaku | Posted 05/29/12 | Reply
Kiki's delivery serves was my first and most love of all the Ghibli films because its holds many treasured memories of my sisters with it. :3
Otakuite | Posted 05/28/12 | Reply
my fav has to be howl's moving castle it has so much awsomeness packed into it. magic, curses, a scare crow thats actual a prince
Oh my gosh its the best thing ive seen so far
Otakuite | Posted 05/26/12 | Reply
"Grave of the Fireflies" is my favorite Ghibli film. It's a 1988 Japanese animated war tragedy film written and directed by Isao Takahata. This is the first film produced by Shinchosha, who hired Studio Ghibli to do the animation production work. It is an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, intended as a personal apology to the author's own sister. It's not cute and cuddly like many other anime films, and I still have a hard time watching it without shedding a tear. A must watch and I won't give away any spoilers, just be prepared to face some really hard issues and heart-wrenching moments.
I grew up watching my neighbor totoro and so far it's my favorite,this is beacause totoro was just sooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!
Otakuite+ | Posted 05/26/12 | Reply
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
I grew up with this movie. As a kid, I didn't really care about many shows or anything, but this one, (along with Spirited Away) was a film that I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it even once I found the idea of a world that was a wasteland so mind-boggling and surreal back then, but it taught me a lot of things as a kid
RikuisHOT (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/25/12 | Reply
My Neighbor Totoro
This is my favorite Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki Film partly because its the first one I ever watched and also because I just think its one of his greatest movies. Its like a classic in the Japanese world, I dunno to me its like Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I love the way he designs his characters and his stories are always so interesting and different. I watched this movie when I was 12 or 13, now I am 20 and I have every single Hayao Miyazaki movie ever made, excluding Arriety!! So of course I want it super bad!! :) Howl's Moving Castle and Nausicaa are also really great, but I have to say My Neighbor Totoro takes the cake for me! :) I love his movies!! XD
Otakuite | Posted 05/24/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli movie will probably be the "Spirited Away". I watched it already many times before and almost all of the Studio Ghibli movies. Spirited Away is my favorite movie because it did'nt only catch my attention as a child but also because of the moral lessons I learned from it, especially love, forgiveness, courage. I hope many more Studio Ghibli movies will be created. thank you.
Otakuite+ | Posted 05/24/12 | Reply
My favorite Ghibli movie (which also happens to be my favorite movie overall) is Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi. I was left crying years of relief, happiness, and sadness at the end. The movie was magical, anyone could feel like they were immersed in a fantastical sprit world.
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 05/23/12 | Reply
My favorite movie would have to be Spirited Away by far. I love the scenery of old buildings, old carnivals, etc. And the characters are quite interesting.
Otaku Legend | Posted 05/23/12 | Reply
My dad rented almost every Studio Ghibli movie for me, at some point, when he realized how much I loved them, so I've seen a fair amount of the collection, and while I love-love all of them for various reasons, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO will always be my all-time favorite. My dad discovered that movie at some point when I was very little, or maybe even before I was born, so I grew up watching that, just him, my older sister, and I, for years. The magic, the story about believing in things greater than yourself, and wonderful characters and their lovable quirks...it was impossible not to fall in love with Totoro. No matter how old I get, the sight of a Totoro will always make me squeal ^____^ I currently have a Totoro wallet from Too Kool, which has totoro on one side, catbus on the other, and a soot sprite holding the cards in place XD it is the cutest freaking thing EVER.
A close second, though, is Whisper of the Heart <3 That is one of the sweetest love stories, with teenagers acting their age and falling in love the sweet, traditional way. I can't hear "Country Road" without smiling and singing along :D It's a fantastic story about finding a way to marry love and passion, to put your dreams and your soulmate into the same place, rather than believing that you have to give one or the other up. Miyazaki always tells wonderful stories <3
Otaku Legend | Posted 05/22/12 | Reply
As far as Studio Ghibli films go, There has been one movie that has stuck out in my mind among the years. The production thatI will consider my "favorite" is actually one of the newer films. "Tales from Earthsea" is undoubtidly my favorite creation to have come out of Studio Ghibli. It sounds weird, coming from a girl who grew up watching titles like "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Spirited Away".
I loved the mechanics of the animation, not to say that all of Ghibli's animaton isn't flawless; but there is just something about "Earthsea" that really stands out. The different art style may not appeal to some, but to me, it is just what I was craving for. As far as story goes, I fell absolutly in love with each character, and I see Sparowhawk as a powerful beacon;spreading wisdom and advice. AAron's character is highly relateable in a deep way, making a strang connecion with me. The setting and situations in this film are georgously unique and well thought out: Also appeals to a Final Fantasy fan such as myself.All around a wonderful movie, my favorite so far is by far is"Tales of Earthsea"
I figured I'd try and join this challenge. it's worth any shot I have to get my hands on a copy of Arrietty!
Otaku Eternal | Posted 05/22/12 | Reply
My favorite movie is Spirited Away because of this amazing world that was brought to life and the characters and the plot line. It gave me such a rush when I was younger towards the end when the protagonist had to come up with a decision which would cost her her family and reality if she didn't make the right one.
A Fiery Spirit (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/22/12 | Reply
Yeah, you and me are rebels! XD
In honesty, I like Only Yesterday too but I couldn't remember the name of it for the life of me. I only saw it once back when it was shown on either AMC or TMC since I don't remember it during Cartoon Network's Month of Miyazaki. I remember not liking it too much back when I was in early high school but now that I've aged quite a bit then maybe I can enjoy it differently.
Otakuite | Posted 05/22/12 | Reply
It's a hard choice, but I think my favorite is Spirited Away. It was the first Studio Ghibli movie I saw and what got me into them all. It's been my inspiration for many aspects of my life including my writing and art. Most of all, it's the reason I love anime and the reason I'm here :)
Otaku Eternal | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
My favorite is Princess Mononoke. It was the first one I saw, that I can remember. I still remember the day I watched it way back when.
It's such a beautiful movie as are all the rest really.
This is probably the only one where I have too many of the lines memorized though(ha ha).
But, you know, all the movies Studio Ghibli dishes out are amazing. Really makes me appreciate animation.
Otakuite++ | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
Howl's Moving Castle will always be one of my favourites. It's love story combined with amazing visuals makes it into my top 3 Ghibli films
The Insane Writer (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
I think my favorite would have to be Howl's Moving Castle, not only because of how detailed it is, but because of also how imaginative it can be. Your mind can really open up in it and you have fun with the story line. There are twists that were surprising to me when I first watched it but now, when I watch Howl's Moving Castle, it's just pure fun and imagination.
It lets me relax from the outside world and takes me inside the world inside Howl's Moving Castle. The characters are interesting and they take full form when you get to know them, especially Calcifer the Fire Demon. I've seen most of all of the Studio Ghibli movies but I would have to say Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite because it makes you feel like that little kid again and it's always good to have that inside you. You can watch it over and over again and not get bored a single bit.
Otaku Legend | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
So far (and probably always), my favorite is Howl's Moving Castle. I'm not really sure why I like it so much--maybe because it took a wonderful book and made it different enough to keep the movie from being boring. Though it may have more to do with the fact that Howl's really cute!
Senior Otaku | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
My favorite is Spirited Away. I watched it for the first time when I was five and was very inspired by it. The characters to me, are very unique in there own way. I never really got to see anime as a kid but when I got to see this, I got to finish my first anime movie so I was really happy. This movie got me more into anime than I could ever imagine and I really love it a lot.
I watched Howls Moving Castle and I was once again, amazed by how much good work they put into it and how the plot is just something I will really want to get into and to actually want to see again. Movies like this kinda drag me into the drama, adventure, and excitement!
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is "Howl's Moving Castle", mainly because it was the first that I actually convinced my friends and family to see with me. What I remember most is when I had already seen the movie once, I brought it to my friend's house as I had a week's rental. We convinced her brother to watch it with us by saying that "everyone dies at the end", obviously joking. By the time the credits rolled, he apparently hadn't caught on and said, "but nobody died...", which left my friend and I in stitches. (Actually, the same friend approached me just a few days ago with the original novel.)
All that aside, I was extremely impressed with the intricate detail that went into the art (Howl's Castle, for one.), and also thought the voice acting was rather good in comparison to other films. Lastly, the characters were extremely likeable, and the overall lightheartedness made me feel satisfied at the end of the movie. Though I did enjoy sadder films, such as Spirited Away, I do prefer happy ending every once in a while.
Otakuite+ | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
My favorite movie is Princess Mononoke. I absolutley love that movie! I adore the imagination and creativity that movie has. The different spirits and their personalities are remarkable! I can't imagine why anyone would hate this movie. It is a dream that I wish I had dreamt myself, Miyazaki has captured my heart as an animator. I wish I could thank him in person for his work.
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
My favorite is Howls Moving Castle. Its a great storyline and every time you watch it, you realize something you didn't before.
Spirited Away is my favorite... I love the idea of parallel worlds existing side by side and of being able to go to a different one somehow... and I love dragons!
Queen of Mustaches (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/21/12 | Reply
i think my favorite Ghibli film would be either Kiki's delivery service or Spirited Away
Spirited Away was my first film that i watched.
my brother's friend lent us a copy and i fell in love from the opening of the song.
when i first saw the cover of Kiki's Delivery Service
(back when i wouldnt consider myself an otaku or knew what that word was haha...)
i was almost disgusted and did not feel like watching it until my best friend
came over to my house and forced me to watch it.
i couldn't believe what i was seeing with my own eyes. i was on the edge of my seat
with every delivery flight Kiki's heart made. from this day i re watch it and re-watch it to the point where you have to literally drag me away from the tv or computer to stop me from watching it
and thats why i love ghibli so much ^^
The Hero of Time (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
My Favorite Studio Ghibi movie:
Castle in the sky
Great animation, great story line! I watch it over and over again! A great city is lost. Unfathomable power has been abandoned for the good of the world. Then someone from the future gets a big head and thinks he can control what others feared would destroy everything! Friends in strange places.... pirates, robots, rocks....XD
I just love this movie.
The Zanrai Kid (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
@DemonKingAtticus Thank you for being the only person here to use that movie. It would be a close favorite if I wasn't counting all of Ghibli's directors. This includes Takahata.
Yes, while The Castle of Cagliostro is my favorite Miyazaki film and Castle in the Sky was the first anime DVD I ever owned, I have to say my favorite Ghibli movie is Only Yesterday.
The coming-of-age story of 27 year old Taeko Okajima of Tokyo, she reflects on how her life was lived from a young fifth-grader of the 1960's with a strong passion for life to a quiet woman who wishes to live in the country side. She remembers her first school play, the time she went to a European bath house, puberty, her first romance, her sister listening to the Beatles, her failing grades. All the while she muses, she travels to Yamagata to visit her sister-in-law's farmland. When she arrives, she continues to remember, drudging up harsh memories and misplaced dreams. Eventually, she learns to face her fate and return to life. The movie was considered significantly progressive for animation as it discussed real situations of life, changing the whimsical medium forever. The film itself predated other realism films such as Academy Award nominees Persepolis and L'Illusionniste by just under two decades.
Why did I like this movie? Perhaps it was the timing. The year I saw it was the year I was diagnosed with mild childhood depression. That January, Turner Classic Movies ran the entire Miyazaki/Ghibli catalogue. The films I saw in entirety were Porco Rosso, Pompoko, and Only Yesterday. Of these films, it was the latter that spoke volumes. I can safely say that after those movies, I began to feel lighter, brighter. I would then take on the monumental task of watching Neon Genesis Evangelion. Let me tell you, for someone with depression, that anime did more than any drugs could. It was an awesome experience for a seventh grader and I never looked back. I had become a solid fan of anime.
Sheep Eternal (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
I love all of Miyazaki's movies, however I do happen to love Mononoke Hime the most. I think it's mostly due to the fact that San is a strong woman who doesn't hesitate to fight for what she loves. The mythology and nature in the movie is also wonderful. As an animation student, I love the flow of the movement and the character designs.
Miyazaki's movies in general are something I like to look up to for reference on how to do good animating and storytelling.
HARVEST GODDESS (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli movie has to be Whisper of the Heart. Even though it's realistic compared to all of their fantastic or futuristic films, it was such a sweet story that just melts my heart every time I watch it. :)
(Plus it's fun keeping track of how many times a car almost hits them as they walk past nonchalant. Haha try it sometime.)
YukiFangirlSupreme (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
My favorite is My Neighbor Totoro :3 I remember renting it all the time when I was little. So it always brings back good childhood memories. Lolz there were many a times I dreamed of catching dust bunnies and ridding in catbuses ^//^ I love all the innocent wonder in the film. And I wants to huggles the catbus X3
Otaku Legend | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
my favorite is princess mononoke. I think it's because it holds more action than the rest of studio ghibli's films? so that's one part that make me like it more than the others, though I love the others too ;u; Also I really enjoyed the beautiful scenery in the movie *u*
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
My favorite is Howl's Moving Castle because it was my first Miyazaki film. (Well, technically Kiki's Delivery Service was but I didn't think of it as an anime masterpiece when I was 5)
Otakuite+ | Posted 05/20/12 | Reply
Ok, I'm not really commenting to get one but, OMG! This is SOOO weird, because I just finished watching this movie! o__o
Kiki's Delivery Service is my favorite because it is the only anime my whole family enjoys watching; all other anime I watch with my sister and occasionally my dad watches, but there never seems to be anything my mom likes or approves of. She loved this movie, as did the rest of us. It's not surprising that we loved it so much since the characters are great and the story enjoyable, and the message it conveys is meaningful.
Blinger Supreme (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
Hmm such a tough choice. I suppose, out of all of them, princess mononoke is my absolute favorite. The themes in it are so different from the other ghibli movies that it's refreshing and the setting and characters are beautiful. It's down to earth with amazing elements of fantasy. The great forest spirit has to be one of the greatest monsters in all the movies. Good and bad at the same time with such an intricate design! and don't ten get me started on the little tree spirits!
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is still the first one I ever saw: Spirited Away. I ADORE the characters, especially Noh-face. (Actually, there's a cosplayer who does Noh-face at one of the cons I usually go to, and their REALLY good at it. Of course, there's someone leading them around all day.) The animations in the part when the parents turned into pigs freaked me out thoroughly as a kid, but now it's one of the coolest parts of the movie. Howl's Moving Castle came close for my favorites in plot and animation/effects, but I think Spirited Away does a little better, and I feel a bit of loyalty to the movie that got me into Ghibli.
Otaku Eternal | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
I'd have to say my favorite Studio Ghibli film is Spirited Away. I absolutely fell in love with the story and the art work. It was a thrilling and incredibly entertaining adventure to watch, not to mention after seeing it for the first time, I felt compelled to search more Studio Ghibli films. Spirited Away and the rest of Miyazaki's amazing work is one of the main reasons why I'm pursuing a career in animation. He's one of my idols, and biggest inspirations. :)
Otakuite | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
I liked Totoro because a big, furry monster is cute. It also reminds of whenever I was 5 years old and when I found my love for dandelions (Mei picked dandelions in the movie).
Tea pixie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
I really enjoyed watching Arrietty. I saw it in the cinema ^^ also, I've been using the theme song as my ring tone on my mobile for a while now <3
I hope everyone has fun in the contest, I can't join in as I live in the UK T.T *sniffle*
The first Ghibli film I had ever seen was Princess Mononoke which was right around the time when I was into playstation rpg games. The first thing that crossed my mind was that the story and animation was so much like the intro to the Genki game, Story of Tamamayu also known as Jade Cocoon. I loved the Princess Mononoke film so much I was immediately drawn to it.
That was the first film that led me to watch every film after.
Otaku Legend | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
My favorite Ghibli film is Spirited Away. I instantly fell in love with their films afterwards. The art is just amazing and the characters were so well developed I felt like I knew them. I've watched it over ten times. It's a tradition to watch all of the Ghibli films every year.
I think Spirited Away is my favorite Studio Ghibli movie. It was the first one I saw, and I love, love, LOVE the storyline. It's so cute!! I love the uniquely Japanese setting, and the idea of going to stay at an おんせん. I love the characters, and the music is amazing! Because I was small the first time I saw it, watching it now is almost nostalgic. Even the American actors who dubbed it were special to me-Lilo as Chihiro and Meg as Lin, and Tito from The Weekenders(I am ashamed I even watched this one..) as Haku! Being a tiny Disney fanatic, this was all very exciting! As much as I LOVE all the other movies, I think that nostalgic quality adds something to it..I spend the whole movie saying [なつかしい~]
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is Spirited Away. I love all of the films but this one is special among all these special films. There is a reason why this film won the Academy Award as far as my own opinion of it. I recommend this film to anyone....
Senior Otaku | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
Kiki's delivery service is my favorite Studio Ghibli film of all time because it shows how you cant let your training or working life get in the way of having fun because if you stop having fun you will lose yourself just like kiki lost her powers a little bit. I also like it because of how cute it is (^^)
My favorite film is Spirited Away. It was the first one I was introduced to and I fell in love with it. The animation is the most gorgeous in that film, and the characters are amazing. Friendship and Love all wound up into one fluff sandwich.
Manga-ka (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/19/12 | Reply
My favourite Ghibli film, and movie of all time, is Kiki's Delivery Service. My brother brought it home and I watched it over and over again. To this day, I know every line in English because I watch it so much.
What I love about the movie is that it's a coming of age movie; it shows the hardships you'll face growing up and also the innocence that we forget and lose as we become absorbed with the problems that we face, like when Kiki lost her ability to fly temporarily because she focused on the work and training and not so much the fun anymore, and she forgot herself for a bit. I can relate to Kiki. I find myself thinking back to the movie more and more, since I'm moving out on my own in the Fall, and I know I can find comfort in this anime.
Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli film because it's the first SG file I saw, I got to see it in a theather locally (not a normal thing for anime here) and I got to see it with my friends. There's nothing like going to see a great film with friends in the theater because you have the excitement of being in the theater and seeing it on the big screen plus you have the excitement of seeing the film with your friends; it just keeps building!
I also LOVE how Princess Monoke's story played out, incorporating aspects of a changing world and how manufacturing really changed the way things were done and it's effects on the environment.
Howl's Moving Castle has got to be my personal favorite.
I'm not usually a love story fan, but there's something Studio Ghibi puts into their films that you just have to love.
This particular film stands out from the others to me because of the amazing art, characters, and the absolutely beautiful music!!
I love Haku in that film and all the small lessons you learn. Like don't take someones Else's job. I use that all the time now. The art of the movie and music *sigh* I love it ^^
This one might not technically count since it was made before Studio Ghibli was founded, but by the usual gang... My favorite is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind which is epic and beautiful. Not only are there all sorts of cool flying devices, but also there are giant insect-like creatures (and being a entomologist, getting to geek out about Miyazaki AND insects at the same time is pretty awesome!).
I also really love Totoro. I don't necessarily believe in the whole shinigami theories that float around, but they're enough to drop it to second place...
Princess Mononoke: its my fave! ^^ I love the concept of the story and how San developed feeling for Ashitaka. I also love the part when the forest spirit lost its head and destroyed everything in its reach. ^^ I also like spirited away. xDD
I think my favorite is probably Spirited Away. I just love how imaginative it is. Of course, that could be said about any Studio Ghibli film! I also love Ponyo because it's so cute!
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
I have a tie between Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. Those movies made my childhood.
My favourite... would have to be Spirited Away. I studied it for English when I was in 7th grade, and I have so many hilarious memories from it
Also, it was the very first anime I watched (and recognised as anime). So it started my love of anime!
Otakuite | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite studio ghibli film would have to be Ponyo. Why? Because It's cute
Otakuite+ | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
I'm having trouble choosing between Howl's Movie Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service. However, although I really love the story, setting, and music of HMC, I do think I have to say Kiki's Delivery Service, simply because it was my first Ghibli film. Before I even knew about Anime or Studio Ghibli, I had Kiki's Delivery Service on VHS. It was rewatched many times, and I still have the tape today. (Though I have been gifted the dvd :D) At any rate, even though I've read that the American dub isn't exactly faithful to the Japanese version in terms of tone and story telling, I still love Jiji's American voice and the two English songs that were used in the film. It's always going to have a little place in my heart. :)
Otaku Legend | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
ahh i can't choose one >.<
i have ponyo tho and she became human to be with sousuke even when her dad told her no she persisted
it's kind of like my own situation with parents who don't like my bf
but still i persist defendng him and i'll do what ever i need to so i can see him
ninja.shimp.x3 (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
my favorite studio ghibli movie is kiki's delivery service. it was the first one i ever saw on tv and one of the first anime besides sailor moon ive ever seen lol! plus i didnt even know it was an anime back then xD this is my favorite movie because it always made me want to pick up a broom and pretend im flying and plus i always wanted to have a black cat :D i just love the story line and the theme. it shows you what it feels like to be independent and living on your own in a new place.
I love Howl's Moving Castle because the story is so different, it's not really like an average love story. Plus I'm in love with Howl TT u TT ♥
Panski! (Otaku Legend) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Spirited Away, for sure~ ♥ It was the first one I saw. And everything about it is just so creative and unexpected~ A little love story and epic fantasy FTW~ 8DDDD
My favorite Studio Ghilbi film is Howl's Moving Castle. The story was so fresh and new...and when I found out it was a book, I immediately found and bought it. The film was remarkably close to the book (with of course, some poetic licensing) and to this day, Howl's Moving Castle is on the top of my movie list.
Celice (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite movie because I can relate to Sophie not feeling in place and all and it gave me hope for maybe finding my Howl you know? Plus I love all the magic in it! It's just the best
Chat Guardian (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
mine is Spirited Away cus its one of my favs and also cus it tells u never to sell urself short :3
Otaku Eternal | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Spirited Away is definetely my favorite Ghibli film, not only because it was one of the first ones I ever saw, but also because its so memorable and fun to watch. I love Haku, he's my favorite character.
I think I would say Spirited Away is my favorite Studio Ghibli film. The level of detail in imagery is arresting, the world is fantastic and heartbreaking, and it doesn't end on a purely happy note.
Otakuite++ | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Ghibli movie has got to be Spirited Away. This was the first Ghibli movie I ever saw and was one of the first anime too. This movie also got me through a broken nose. lol
bird nerd. (Otaku Angel) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My Neighbor Totoro. It was the first Studio Ghibli movie I ever saw. I remembered renting it at Blockbuster when I was...maybe 8 years old. I fell in love with it, and my family adored it so much that we named my first (and only) dog after the lovable title character, Totoro. :) So I am always reminded if that sweet movie whenever I see my dog (which is all day, everyday lol~)
Eternal Scout (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
I love all of the Studio Ghibli films. but my favourite is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. It has a beautiful message, stunning art (as expected of Miyazaki) and engaging storyline. I also like how Miyazaki principally has strong female leads in his films. I could watch this film over and over again and still enjoy it.
On another note, the manga is also very good. :D
EDIT: (Hey, I'm the first to post about this movie! XD)
I've only seen like 3-4 of Miyazaki's films buuuut my favorite is Ponyo..I watched it atleast 5 times and I absolutely love it.(I don't own it though TwT) But the reason I like it so much is because it has such cuteness in it and it's based off The Little Mermaid.:3 Also Liam Neeson is a voice actor in it and he's one of my favorite actors.83 (Also..he's in a lot of movies right now.lol) Oh and Betty White is a voice actor which is awesome.xD It's also an awesome movie because they have such good/knowing voice actors.^^
I want to see The Secret World of Arriety cuz it also looks cute. I love how Miyazaki takes storylines and such and turns them into his own versions.
My favorite Studio Ghibli movie will always be "Kiki's Delivery Service" Why? Because it's the very first Miyazaki movie I've ever seen. And there's just something about it that brings me back to it no matter what. I just love Kiki's character and the music from the movie. I was really fascinated with witches when I was younger too!
My Favorite movie of Studio Ghibli's is Spirited away it was the first movie i saw by Studio Ghibli and i fell in love with the movie. I love the fantasy of it and a cute little love story which was part of the story line. I like how everything in the movie connects with the story line and the main characters have a connection. The art work in this movie is so beautiful i can watch this all the time. At first i was scared with some parts of the movie but i love it so much that i couldn't stop watching it. I love how all the creatures are created very well done. This really inspired me more to draw in an anime/manga style and capture the beauty of it. I would love to have this movie in my collection :) ♥ and it would be a great birthday for me on may 21 >.<
the Shadow-Walker (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is Spirited Away, hands down. The first time I saw it, I had recently been introduced to the anime/manga world. The film was so adorable that I simply fell in love. I started it at my friend's house, but I had to leave before it ended, so she lent it to me. I must have watched it at least three times in a row during the time I had it in my possession. The art and animation mesmerized me and the characters stole my heart. It still gives me warm feelings now when I watch it.
Senile Hipster (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
A while back, I would have said that my favorite Ghibli movie was Castle in the Sky. It's high adventure with a great cast and plenty of humor along the way. What's not to love, right? But the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced it's probably Kiki's Delivery Service.
I can't exactly place why. It's actually rather slowly-placed, and what few moments of action it has are brief and fleeting, but I don't think that's the appeal for me. I don't usually go for slice of life over action and adventure, but something about Kiki is just really compelling. All the slow, tranquil moments help you get to know the characters better, and you end up caring about them all the more because of it.
I think that helps make the tense sequences better, too. Tombo dangling from the blimp at the end really holds weight because you've gotten to know and like him, and Kiki's big moment is all the more triumphant because the entire film has been building up to it. It's just a really good example of how to make your audience care about your characters.
But heck, Ghibli's just really good at that in general. You care about everyone. They're just that good (except Earthsea).
For the adventure-y ones, I actually think The Cat Returns is my favorite, even though that one wasn't directed by Miyazaki.
JMusicGuru (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli film would have to be My Neighbor Totoro. It's so heartwarming and cute!
13th Angel (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Canada gets no love. </3 OTL
I'll comment anyway. ; u ; If I do get randomly picked, I'm sure I can get one of my friends in the US to send it to me. ||D
Howl's Moving Castle is my favourite film. I've read the novel, and I really enjoyed Miyazaki's take on it. Howl is a gentleman in the Ghibli version, very much unlike the novel, but still has enough antics in him to know there is a drama queen side to him. xD The story is cute, and gosh, Calcifer is just way too adorable! ;u; All in all, despite the vast differences from the original story, I like the changes. C': Thus, why it's my favourite Ghibli film. ^u^d
I think my favourite studio ghibli film would have to be between Howls Moving Castle or Spirited Away. I love them both so much I can't choose.
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is Whisper of the Heart because it is a beautiful coming-of-age story and you never realize just how much you are involved with the characters until your emotions get you at the climax of the film. I can also relate to the main character, who is struggling to find direction in life, which I think is something everyone goes through. Besides that, it's sweet, romantic, and inspirational. It also inspired one of my other Ghibli fav.s, The Cat Returns. :).
My favorite studio ghibli film is Castle in the Sky, because it has a good story and adventure. The film is really enjoyable too.
My all time favorite Miyazaki film is Spirited Away. I like it because it's a story about a girl who didn't know what she was supposed to with herself, but learned hard work and never gave up. At the end of the film, she had to trust herself enough to know that none of the pigs shown were her parents. Overall, it is an excellent film about a girl who learns to grow up and work hard to overcome her circumstances.
GAH!!! So hard to choose between them!! O_o
Man, which one?!.... I think I'll go with Howl's Moving Castle! Thats the one that keep standing out in my mind^^ I laughed, loved, and was touched by the amazing plot and romance! It had so many different perspectives, animation, settings, characters, and twists like all Ghibli films! But it was more mysterious and fun without going all out with magic like Sprited Away did. I like the fantasy mixed with reality that Howl's Moving Castle brought. Besides, who can resist Howl? xD
I'd also have chosen Whisper of the Heart and the Cat Returns (that king cat is HILARIOUS btw xD)
KYAAAA but they're all good xP
Pickle of the Year (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Princess Mononoke. It's one of the first Ghibli movies I saw as a kid and even watched it with my mom, who also loves it to this day. And for Ghibli, it's pretty grimdark, which I prefer. Environmentalism ftw. :)
The Wandering Elf (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is Howl’s Moving Castle. I love the characters, the story, the setting, and the artwork. I also enjoy its sense of humor, and just how fun and imaginative it is ^-^ Good love story, too! Close second-favorites are Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
Ochibi~ (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Ghibli film definitely has to be Spirited Away. The first time I ever saw it I was blown away. The animation and Miyazaki's imagination is nothing to underestimate. It's a beautiful masterpiece that should be treasured forever. I myself will do that. There was a time where I'd watch it every day and when I wasn't watching it, I'd be listening to the soundtrack. In addition to the animation, the music sets the stage for a magical journey. One I'm glad to take over and over again :)
Moe Foxgirl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
hah, well my favorite would be the cliche'd answer of Spirited Away. Like most people who claim the same, it was my first real exposure to Studio Ghibli besides brief clips of Kiki's Deliery Service on my old Disney tapes. For me, not only did the movie stand out compared to other animated films but it has a lot of sweet memories attached.
I first saw it at a friend's sleepover when she absolutely insisted we all watch this film. I can't even remember how young I was, but we watched it together and made all sorts of jokes. We all latched on to No Face, running around making his noises and holding our hands out to each other. Then laughing at Zeniba's nose jutting out during one scene since it was just her nose. We all had so much fun that she made it a birthday tradition. Every year she had a sleepover and we had to see that film before bed. Even when she moved a few hours away during high school, I still went to her sleepovers (after much begging with my parents) and we had to watch that film.
Sadly we can't continue the tradition anymore, but we still send each other scenes of it on tumblr for giggles.
But in addition to the memories that movie holds for me, I love all the hidden symbolism. As a kid, I never made any connections at all to anything going on. It was just an amusing story. No Face being evil one minute then good the next? I didn't question it at all. The stink spirit turning into a strange water thing was just that: strange. But as I got older I started picking up on more and more things in this movie that made it evolve into something more than an entertaining kids film. I was ecstatic when I figured out just WHY the stink spirit turned into water and that he was a polluted river. Even more so when I found out the greed of the bath house was what drove No Face to devour everything and become rather greedy himself.
Just this last year I was able to watch the film again. This time I was able to admire all the detail put into the art and scenes. It's easy to overlook them with the characters running around. They're all so wonderfully expressive in everything they do from facial features to body language. But the background is simply gorgeous. There's a lot of eye symbols drawn on boxes and things.
But perhaps the most beautiful scenery is during the 'Sixth Station' part. Up until that point the focus is mostly on the characters, but there it's on the scenes floating past paired with one of my absolute favorite tracks to listen to. This one scene has made such a wonderfully strong impression on me and is another reason why this film has remained one of my favorites.
So even though I've had my fair share of Ghibli films including Arrietty, Spirited Away has remained my absolute favorite.
Pro-Procrastinator (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli movie is probably Princess Mononoke. It was a tough call between this and Howl's Moving Castle as both have amazing plots and are beautifully animated, however Princess Mononoke wins in the end for the inclusive of giant wolves.
I have always been a fan of stories where animals are important to the plot, and I love when there is a human character that has been taken in by said animals, living like they do.
Digital Neko (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite would have to be Spirited Away. Now before you go saying that's such a cliched answer, lemme explain why. Spirited Away was the first Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki film I'd ever seen. My grandmother took me and my brothers to see it when it premiered in theatres. Back then, I didn't really know what anime was, but I was taken in by it. The beautiful animation and well-thought out characters captivated me. I have my grandmother to thank for introducing me to the movie and wish I could thank her in person, rest her soul. It's now my goal to collect all the Studio Ghibli movies that I can =3 So far I'm doing pretty well XD So far I have 7 Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, The Cat Returns, And Castle in the Sky.
This giveaway sounds awesomesauce X3
my favorite Studio Ghibli film would have to be Spirited Away it is so brilliant! just what you would expect from Hayao Miyazaki except better :) all the spiritual creatures that you thought you would never see in your life just jump out at you. the film is both heart warming, and humorous, with a slight touch of sitting on the edge of your chair because you just want to know what happens next sooo badly. me and my family ALWAYS watch this movie together because it is so much fun. the ending leaves you with mixed feelings of happiness and sadness which makes it all that much better :)
This a wonderful movie! When I watched it, the nature incorperated themes and simply designed characters reminded me of my favorite childhood movie: My Neighbor Totoro! I watched this movie non-stop when I was a child, I absolutely loved the fantasy, innocence, art, and originality of the movie and found it absolutly entrancing . Who wouldnt want to ride a catbus that can glide across the fields or meet a giant furry forest spirit?? Or thats how I saw it at least~! But in any case, through The Secret World of Arietty, Miyazaki proves once again that he is the king of animation and story telling! Studio Ghibli's movies will go down through generations as the eclectic and imaginative stories that can warm any heart having the pleasure of watching them.
- Gero Chan
My favorite studio ghibli movie is ponyo, its a sweet story of love and magic.
Mad Hattress (Otaku Legend) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite studio ghibli movie is ponyo because it has a wonderful story line the animation is beautiful and the storyline is so cute as well as it was the first studio ghibli movie i saw!
Cupcakes so sweet and tasty.
My favorite Studio Ghibli film is actually Castle In The Sky, but since someone already posted about that film, i'll post about one that hasnt been brought up yet :)
Another one of my favorite Studio Ghibli films is Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro.
I was already a big fan of Lupin the 3rd by the time i finally bought Castle of Cagliostro, and i was actually worried a bit about how the characters would be portrayed in the movie, since Studio Ghibli films are usually light hearted, and Lupin is anything but that lol.
When i finally watched the film, i was impressed at how well it was put together. You could greatly notice the combination of the Lupin character everyone loves, as well as the charm of Hayao Miyazaki, all rolled up into one giant adventure.
Castle of Cagliostro has a great story, surrounding a great cast of historic anime characters. It's filled with mystery, action, comedy, adventure, and of course the crazy Lupin-isms that have made the Lupin franchise one of the greatest in anime history.
The film was a pleasure to witness, and it has stood the test of time in wonderful fashion (along with alot of the other Studio Ghibli films), and im glad i was able to add Castle of Cagliostro to my anime collection on two separate occasions.
If you havent seen Castle of Cagliostro, i highly recommend it to any anime fan, especially if you are an anime/ Studio Ghibli fan. Be sure to check it out :)
Neko Girl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
While Spirited Away helped me get into anime...and caused me grief when I was trying to remember what the movie was...It's a hard choice...
BUT My all time favorite Miyazaki movie...and probably all time movie in general would be...
Howl's Moving Castle. :) It's so full of magic and creative ideas. The castle it's self is a master piece. I did not own it for a while so I am pretty sure I rented it about five times...and when it came on TV I recorded and re-watched the tape until it wore out. Finally I bought the DVD and can watch it when ever I am down.
The characters are all wonderful, even the villains are great. I just love how strong minded Sophie is.
This movie even got me into the original book (with the two books that follow) and the famous author herself. Diana Wynne Jones<3
Freelance Lombax (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Ohhhh, this is so hard... there are so many good movies that they've put out, and I like a lot of them for different reasons...
Okay. I could say great things about the other movies, but there are so many great things to say about My Neighbor Totoro, so I would say this is the closest to a favorite that I have. Not only is there a classic animation quality to it (being a late 80s movie), the art is beautiful, there's this sense of familiarity about it (like CitrusStorm, when I first saw it, I felt like I had seen it before as well), and Disney did a fantastic job with the English dub... sometimes, it's best to have kids play the role of kids, and here, it works really well (also because Elle and Dakota Fanning are already sisters, so there's already this sibling bond that makes their performances more genuine).
Patchwork Rabbit (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite movie? Gosh, there are so many! I guess my ALL time favorite would be Spirited away. I still remember when I was younger on tv (Cartoon Network I believe.) there showed a Miyazaki marathon and I discovered Spirited Away. I instantly feel in love with it and spent a long time trying to figure out what that movie was. I really love the animation and the voicing was very good and the plot was like nothing I had ever seen! I just love the mystical world that Miyazaki has made and was so happy that he was kind enough to let his masterpieces come over to the states :)
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Ghibli movie is Spirited Away, simply because it is the movie that got me interested in anime, and because I have fond memories of watching it with my family when I was little.
My favorite Ghibli movie is without a doubt Castle in the Sky. I fell in love with the characters, especially Dola and her pirate crew! It had everything I wanted: adventure, romance, great characters, interesting plot. The technology, especially the Laputa robots, captured my imagination. On top of all this, Castle in the Sky is the movie that got me into anime. I saw it on Toonami one night, and my life as an otaku began. Castle in the Sky holds a special place in my heart, and that's why it is my favorite Ghibli movie.
I love all the Ghibli movies!!!! Sadly I haven't had a chance to watch secret world of arriety yet! But I'm dying to! It's one of my Summer things to do.
My favorite Ghibli movie is Spirited away!!!! I LOVE that movie. I've watched it so many times in my life I lost count! The first time I did I was 11, now I'm 20 and everytime I watch it I get the same feeling!!! As if it was the 1st time I was watching it! It's one of those movies I just can't get tired of!!!! It's such an ADVENTUROUS movie!!! I love adventures! It has such amazing characters!! From the soots to no face and baby Bou!!!!! Baby Bou and No face are SO my favorites! They always have and always will!!! Oh and something else that I find amazing is how the witch steals Chihiro's name and she has to remember it again! I think it's so full of meaning!!!!
My favorite Ghibli movie would have to be My Neighbor Totoro. The first time I saw it, I honestly felt like I had seen it before. Any movie that can trick me into feeling like I have seen it before is definitely worth of mention in my book.
Fembot (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
And, as always, US only. *Claps slowly* What a surprise...
Bubblegum'd! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli movie of all time would have to be... "Spirited Away".
(GAHH I have so many favorites though!!)
Reason? Why, because it was one of the first Studio Ghibli films I've ever watched ("Kiki's Delivery Service" being the first). I first watched it on a plane from Germany to America and GOD I LOVED IT. When I returned back to Germany after a few months, the movie was what everybody talked about at my day care. They would play the movie for us kids like twice a day, everyday, because we all loved it so much. You can't blame us for being obsessed with it either 'cause it's a brilliant movie- one that's very colorful and fun. I still watch it from time to time and it never fails to bring back good memories from my childhood. :)
The end. LOL.
My all-time favorite would be Howl's Moving Castle! The story line is just simply magnificent! The animation is also amazing! This is definitely the first movie I've seen from Studio Ghibli but I never get tired of watching it again and again. = w = There's this time when I was watching it and my mom saw me, she watched it too and she ended up telling her friends (who were almost the same age as her) to watch it as well. Personally, I feel like the ending is just bittersweet! I really love Calcifer and I cried at the moment when he finally had to leave! TT__TT He's like already a part of their family so I just feel like they'll be incomplete without him around! Up until now, I watch this movie again and again. Haha, especially when I'm down! I remember the time when I had a break-up! This movie definitely made me feel better! I thought, We can be sometimes selfish and there are times when we can be desperate in owning someone else's heart(love), but we should also know when to let go (based from the Witch of the Waste of course). It also gave me the idea that one can be immature when it comes to love, but either way, that is still love(Howl). And afterwards, It made me believe that one shouldn't oppress herself/himself with love no matter what(definitely from Sophie because at first she thought she's ugly and all but a lot changed when she met Howl). I have so many things to say about this movie but I guess what I've said is enough already.. sorry about the long comment ^.^"
Barton (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite of all time will be Princess Mononoke, it was the first film I saw of Miyazaki and I was simply in awe with the amazing story and art and the powerful message that gives the story. Simply amazing movie.
Canadian Liaison (Team) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Wait, blu-ray comes out next week?
A Fiery Spirit (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli film has to be Porco Rosso. It wasn't the first film from Studio Ghibli I ever saw but it resonated with me. It was a film about a changing time, a romanticized by-gone era, the freedom of being in the air, and it was all about Porco, this middle-aged seaplane pilot who had seen so much in his life yet couldn't live with himself. It's not an easy movie to share with others, unlike other Miyazaki films, but it's an experience that is unlike any you might find but familiar enough to be loved. Above all, I think I love it because it is the only Miyazaki film that is more grounded in reality and in a certain time more than any other of his films; the only bizarre thing is that the protagonist is a man turned pig but even then that's more a physical manifestation of his self-image than anything supernatural.
Transient Rain (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite.
I remeber I had gone to the bookstore with my friend and I was feeling really down. I ended up at her house watching the movie on DVD and just loved it! I felt so attached to the character of Howl. I remember just feeling so cheered up after the film! The next day I ran out and bought the book its based off and loved that too. And I loved it just as much as the movie.
Just a Nerd (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/18/12 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli film will likely always be Kiki's Delivery Service. It was my first Ghibli film and probably my first exposure to anime outside of Pokemon and Sailor Moon, and the themes in the film really resonate with me - far more now than then. But that's just further increased my love for the film.