~Nikkeh~ (Grand Otaku) | Posted 02/20/15 | Reply
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Keyblade Master (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/20/15 | Reply
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Baron Von Kumichou (Founder) | Posted 02/19/15 | Reply
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Otaku Legend | Posted 02/19/15 | Reply
My favorite ghibli film is Spirited Away. An unoriginal choice, to be sure, but everything from the stunning visuals to the musical score is top notch. I could watch it over and over without getting sick of it.
Otakuite | Posted 02/18/15 | Reply
My favorite would have to be Spirited Away. The whole spirit world is beautifully depicted, especially the lighting. One of my favorite movie scenes of any movie is when we first see the city light up during the evening. The spirits themselves are also quirky, unique, and sometimes terrifying. In addition, Chihiro is just a normal young girl thrust into a somewhat dangerous fantasy world without her parents. While she is rightfully scared at first, she manages this fear in order to save her family. Her strength is something I admired as a young girl.
In addition to loving the movie itself, I have fond memories of renting the movie in the first place. Once a month or so, my dad would take us to Block Buster so we could rent movies. The rentals were about the price of a fancy coffee drink, but at that time for my family they were somewhat of a luxury. I was usually restricted to getting an older kids' VHS because they were the cheapest to get or sometimes even free. But I saw this movie in the New Releases section. Not really knowing what Studio Ghibli was, but a fan of Saturday morning anime, the cover and description intrigued me so much that I begged my dad to get it. And he did. It honestly was just a few dollars more, but it really meant a lot to me.
I'm not sure where my original comment when, but Princess Mononoke is my favorite. It has been since I first saw it, and it's held up to repeated viewings. The message has only become more relevant as time has gone by, and even the things people weren't always fans of (like the casting of Billy Bob Thorton as Jigo) I found to be amusing. Neil Gaiman's translation is very good, and even though there's no flying scene, the style and atmosphere is just so quintessentially Ghibli. A real gem.
Otakuite | Posted 02/17/15 | Reply
Well my favorite would have to be spirited away. Excellent art and story. Great movie from beginning to end. Big fan of studio ghibli.
Otakuite++ | Posted 02/17/15 | Reply
I like Spirited Away, it has been since I was small. I like how even though Haku doesn't really know what's happening he still goes to help Chihiro out and everyone respect her in the end. It is just so fantastically amazing.
My favorite Ghibli movie is Howls moving Castle because I love magic with a bit of romance and I absolutely adore Howl and his personality. Also who wouldn't want to live in a demon powered moving hose that can take you to different places by turning a dial on the door.
My favorite Ghibli movie is Nausicaa due to the extremely cool flying machines and uniquely interesting world within it.
My favorite Ghibli movie would have to be My Neighbor Totoro. It was my first Ghibli film and my first taste of anime, before I even knew what anime was. I still have my old VHS copy of it and watch it whenever I have a bad day.
Otakuite | Posted 02/13/15 | Reply
My favorite studio Ghibli film would have to be "Ponyo" and even though I could probably never top some of the comments before mine I will still give my reasons why.
The movie is full of ultimate kawaiiness (does that make any sense?) and it doesn't over complicate anything. It leaves you with almost no questions unanswered and the story is very appealing and reaches down into the heart and gently kisses the child in all of us. Also the very story provides a present day feel with a hint of modern magic. And what could make the movie better than a scenario we know all to well. A over protective father with a daughter who just wants to be free. it kind of brings things together you know? But all in all this movie just makes me happy to watch it over and over!
News Correspondent (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/12/15 | Reply
"My favorite film is Spirited Away"
"My favorite film is Howl's Moving Castle"
I'm about to combo breaker ya'll, because my favorite Ghibli movie is a toss-up between Only Yesterday (favorite Takahata work) and Porco Rosso (favorite Miyazaki Ghibli work, with Castle of Cagliostro being my favorite Miyazaki work), with the latter winning by the slimmest of margins.
I'll admit, there is intense favoritism with Porco Rosso, as it is most likely the closest Miyazaki came to recapturing the Lupin III European mystique. Spirited Away is still the better film, and Howl's Moving Castle is a great adaptation despite what many readers of the original Wynn-Jones novel say. That said, the style and time period evoked in Porco Rosso is eternal; a window into a past that is more reality than fantasy.
The story was originally based on a Miyazaki manga, but at its inception, the work was lighthearted. More roaring 20's, less romantic drama. In adapting his work, Miyazaki fine tuned the aspects to make the story run much like a seaplane. The result is the second coming of Casablanca and The General, two of the greatest films of all time. It is one thing to attempt a style, and another to match wits and tighten it.
I'll spare narrative details and discuss only the greater things. The dub is classic Miyazaki dub. Get a veritable platoon of huge talent to play leads and cut them loose.
Michael Keaton as the Porco Rosso may be one of anime's finest English performances, as all the finesse and suave of Bruce Wayne comes boiling to the surface. However, it came sixteen years after the fact, and the playboy bravado is replaced with lackadaisical confidence brewing over a quiet storm, well providing towards the character of the cursed pig.
Cary Elwes kicked off his Ghibli lead hat trick (twice as The Baron) as Donald Curtis, and how the Dread Pirate Roberts/British Robin Hood nailed an Americana-Texan gusto so perfectly is only telling of the actor's range. His dashing rough around the edges nature is a great foil to Keaton's boisterous placidity.
Susan Freaking Egan as the darling Gina is an excellent, and I mean excellent, addition. Well known in her small voice acting career to play the sultry love interest (Fun Fact: she was Megara in Disney's Hercules). I'll get to her singing later on, but this is a role that fits her to a kissable T.
The action and sense of geometry in the dogfights is stunning. Many times you'll hear critics go on about well executed fights in action titles. The Mama Auito Gang shootout and the initial fight between Curtis and Pagot is tight, but having enough dips and twists to show respect for the craft of aviation. Like ballerinas, the gliding and dancing in tandem is awesome. But everyone, and I mean everyone remembers the final duel between Pagot and Curtis, which descends into a madcap hijinks that borders on Popeye levels of slapstick. It's pure fun and just a perfect coda.
Finally, there are two scenes two the film that will engrave themselves in my mind. The first being at the beginning of the film, when Gina sings "Le temps des cerises", a historic French ballad that commemorates the death of a nurse during the brutal event known as Semaine Sanglante, in which French officials overthrew the famous Paris commune in an effort to quell Marxist ideals.
In mentioning Casablanca, I have to touch on the famous duels of songs, in which ideals are expressed by using both the German patriotic tune "Die Wacht am Rhein" and the French national anthem "La Marseillaise". I am wholly convinced that Gina's rendition of "Le temps des cerises" is as close cinema will ever get to replicating the duel, and Miyazaki did it with one voice and a piano in a bar. Italians, freelancers, and Americans all united by a common want of freedom.
The second is the airplane graveyard. It was once said that Miyazaki was thinking of directing a sequel, which would have been his one and only. If that idea didn't eventually turn into The Wind Rises, then I clearly don't know a director I've known for the better part of nine years. In fact, one can see his last film as the Japanese side of the same story Porco Rosso tells. We see Porco as the wartime hero who deserves the girl, but we know he led to the death of a tiny fraction of those pilots. Similarly, Jiro is our plucky lead whose intuition led to the creation of one of the most deadly weapons in WWII. Again, both have the interests of the common man in mind, as mentioned by the mechanic Fio's tale of Marco Rossolini saving an enemy pilot. Compounding that is the emotion Porco uses in telling of the dogfight that took Berllini's life and the march of the dead pilots. It's an excellent metaphor of Miyazaki's ambivalent yet pessimistic views of war and survival.
I could go on with the praise about every tidbit this gem has. The Piccolo family, the amount of meticulous research, the warm vocals of Tokiko Kato's rendition of "Les temps des cerises", my very namesake emulating the soundtracks of the era. It's an altogether brilliant film that supersedes Miyazaki's reputation, and show incredible homage to not only the Golden Age of cinema, but one of the Golden Ages of society.
Lizzy (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/12/15 | Reply
I think i saw this late but i'll try to get something up before the dead line.
Ugh my favorite Ghibli movie? That's a tough question to answer. There's something unique and special about each one. I think though, that my favorite Ghibli creation is Spirited Away. It's like a modern fairy tale but with a big twist and a lot of heart. chihiro is young and afraid of change. She becomes stuck in the spirit world after crossing it's line. Her parents are turned into pigs and are in danger of being eaten.but in order to save her parents and return home Chihiro must face her fears and conquer them. With the help of Haku of coarse. Which she also helps save from a spell. Over all it's just an amazing movie. The animation and the theme of love, friendship and courage is really beautiful.
Otakuite | Posted 02/11/15 | Reply
I've gotta give the nod to Spirited Away.
Not only was Spirited Away my 1st Ghibli movie, I believe that it is a great start for anyone who hasn't seen a Ghibli film yet. Just as Chihiro was thrust into a new world, this movie will thrust anyone into the wonderful world of Ghibli.
I still remember the 1st time I watched Spirited Away. I did not move from my bed from start to finish, lost myself in the journey of Chihiro and was amazed at the beautiful, masterful art style.
Golden Phoenix (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/11/15 | Reply
Ooh, I'll have to get started on this challenge right away. I'll just push off my homework haha. I love Studio Ghibli movies and they're all masterpieces but my favorite is Spirited Away because it is one of the first ones I saw. I fell in love with the artwork and the story was just amazing. The small details put into the characters and the way they act and move around was amazing. I used to rent the movie from the library and watch it every summer. I've been busy so I didn't get to see it last year but I'll definitely be having my Studio Ghibli marathon this summer. Their movies never get old and every time I watch I feel like I'm seeing it for the first time.
Keyblade Master (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/11/15 | Reply
I actually have a lot of favorite movies from Studio Ghibli. One that always stood out to me was Howl's Moving Castle. When I was little the cover art for the film alone captivated me then the story made it even better. With Sophie being an unconfident women being cursed to look like an old women can only find help from what seemed like a self absorbed wizard and his companions in a walking house that the door can take you to different places!!! Through out the movie it was wonderful to see how the two of them were able to help realize their faults and grow confidence for over coming their faults. Then in the end realizing that they love each other.
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/09/15 | Reply
My favorite is Howl's Moving Castle. It was actually my first Ghibli film. I loved the characters and I could really relate with Sophie (besides all the magical elements). I even found the novel that it was based off of and it instantly became my favorite book as well. There isn't a film that could surpass Howl's Moving Castle, whether it be anime or live action. It's so rich in art, emotion and storyline. It's a masterpiece.
King of Thieves (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/09/15 | Reply
My favorite Studio Ghibli movie is Spirited Away. It is my favorite because it is a timeless story of growing up and through fantastical forces the main character Chihiro finds herself and realizes how much she loves her family.
I like this movie for the reason that it is overall a visual masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki and when I first saw it, it stuck with me all these years. I'd really like to see it again soon.
I will be entering the fan art contest too. It sounds like fun. :)