As kids, we all have had our favourite cartoon characters that we admired and got the inspiration from to become and create something. Most of us still watch and follow the old school shows or also try some newer stuff.
But apart from the western animated shows, the most impactful stuff has been coming from Japan!!
Now most of us certainly watch the Action-based Anime and the ones with superpowers.
But apart from those the ones that intrigue me are the Anime Films. Yes, the Studio Ghibli ones!
Trust me! I owe my life to these creators for bringing us the finest stories and the ‘Bestest’ of the characters. Disney created one Lion King and then the quality bar dropped down. Though It would be a sin to compare that masterpiece with any other film, what I really mean is the Japanese filmmakers have maintained the Evergreen-ness.
Every Studio Ghibli film has brought us something new. A unique combination of their own culture and a wide imaginative world makes it even more amazing and takes you on a ride to another dimension.
The Hayao Miyazaki films are a different genre altogether. I mean Miyazaki’s work (in my opinion) stands apart in every aspect. I could actually divide his films from the other Ghibli films! Not that others suck but I have a personal attachment to his films and the characters he has created and I am sure we all are on the same page regarding this!
With Characters like Totoro, Porco Rosso, Haku, Howl, Ashitaka, Kiki and Chihiro he has offered his fans something new every time. The background score by his film companion and music director Joe Hisaishi is an icing on top. The movies and its characters would have been nothing if that background score didn’t exist! I am very sure most of you fans would agree with what I said.
The best part about these films is their target audience is literally universal. Even an older teenager like me or an adult can enjoy watching these films without any hesitation. They have maintained the same standards as before!!
Yes, I am done blabbering here but before I end this, here is the list of films that are MY personal favourites (not in any particular order) which also include films by other Directors:-
- My Neighbour Totoro
- Princess Mononoke
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Spirited Away
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- The Whisper of Heart
- Cat Returns
- Secret World of Arrietty
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Grave of the Fireflies
- From Up on Poppy Hill
- The Wind Rises
- Porco Rosso
All of you! If you’re an Anime fan I certainly recommend this to you. In case you aren’t, the list above is extremely good, to begin with!!
YES YES! Run towards your computer, Download and WATCH THEM ASAP!!!!