5 Studio Ghibli Movies To Watch
Start writing a post

5 Studio Ghibli Movies That You Need To Watch

Japanese "anime" sounds intimidating and has some weird connotations in American society sometimes, but seeing one of these movies is worth it, trust me.

5 Studio Ghibli Movies That You Need To Watch

Studio Ghibli is a movie studio that produces Japanese animation. Like Pixar, their movies spark the imagination and focus on bringing the feelings of childhood and magic alive.

Although Ghibli has similar ideals to Pixar, their animation style is very different. Instead of leaning towards 3D, Ghibli produces movies that are similar to the cartoon style. This might make them sound less sophisticated, but after you watch one of their films, it'll be obvious that the sophistication and elegance in Ghibli's animation are still there. Their movies are detailed, elaborate, and fantastical.

I know that Japanese "anime" sounds intimidating and has some weird connotations in American society sometimes, but seeing one of these movies is worth it, trust me. Even if you don't want to watch a movie with subtitles, Studio Ghibli is associated with Disney, so their English voice-overs do the story justice. Here's a list of the best of the best (or, at least the ones I've gotten to see before).

1. "Spirited Away"

Spirited Away gif

If you've heard of Studo Ghibli, you've probably heard of "Spirited Away." Like most of their other films, "Spirited Away" focuses on a young girl, named Chihiro, who is in the process of moving.

On their way to the new house, Chihiro and her parents decide to stop and explore — and maybe find somewhere to eat. After walking through a large tunnel and coming out to open land with rolling hills, they come across what seems like a deserted town with an abundance of food. After her parents start gulping down the food, they turn into pigs, and Chihiro is then stuck in another dimension. The rest of the movie is spent in this dimension as Chihiro tries to figure out how to change her parents back and then get back to the real world.

2. "My Neighbor Totoro"

My Neighbor Totoro gif

"My Neighbor Toroto" was the first Ghibli film I saw — and it was a little weird, but I loved it. After seeing it in the theater for Studio Ghibli Fest, I didn't know how I felt about it at first.

"My Neighbor Totoro," again, is about two young girls, Satsuke and Mei, who have just moved into a new house with their dad. While exploring the nearby forest, the younger of the two sisters, Mei, discovers a tunnel that leads to the home of a sleeping forest spirit that she dubs "Totoro." The storyline is a little hard to explain after that, but basically it's about their interactions with their parents and Totoro.

3. "Ponyo"

Ponyo gif

"Ponyo" is the cutest of all the Studio Ghibli movies I've seen so far. This is also the one that I noticed the magic in the animation the most, during a certain scene where Ponyo is running on the ocean. It's beautiful. While the other movies felt a little odd to me, "Ponyo" just felt like a work of art.

This film is about a young fish who gets discovered and taken home by a young boy, named Sosuke. He talks to, feeds, and names the little fish Ponyo. Eventually she turns into a little girl. It's adorable.

4. "Howl's Moving Castle"

Howl\u2019s Moving Castle gifGiphy

"Howl's Moving Castle" reminded me of David Bowie in "Labyrinth," mostly because of the style of one of the characters — shown in the gif above. Otherwise, the stories are completely different. This Ghibli film is about a teenage girl, Sophie, who gets cursed and turned into an old woman. Since she can't talk about the curse, she goes to seek help and ends up living with a wizard named Howl. This is one of the most magical Ghibli movies, next to "Spirited Away" and "Ponyo."

5. "The Secret World of Arrietty"

The Secret World of Arrietty gif

"The Secret World of Arrietty" is kind-of like the story of "Thumbalina." It's about a tiny family that has to survive living in the house of a normal-sized family, that they call "beans." The only child, Arrietty, is discovered by one of the normal-sized humans and adventure ensues.

Ghibli isn't as well-known in America as it should be. Each and every one of these movies, and many of the others, are beautiful and need to be appreciated for the style and magic that they bring into the world.

Compared to Pixar, which still produces amazing movies (and will probably continue making wonderful films for a while), I prefer Studio Ghibli. Even if you don't agree, I strongly suggest seeing at least a handful of these movies — they're definitely worth the time and money. Unfortunately, no Studio Ghibli movies are available to stream online (at all!!) because Disney is a jerk, so you would have to see them in the theater (which I highly recommend), or buy them on DVD (which isn't bad either).

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments