What’s Your Favourite Studio Ghibli Movie?

Our ‘favourites’ are often dictated by what we have an emotional connection to. It’s a complex idea that doesn’t have much explanation – but really the idea is that something that aligns with our tastes and has the most emotional impact upon us is our favourite of something.

My favourite Studio Ghibli movie is Howl’s Moving Castle. I think this is because it was the first I ever saw, I find Sophie relatable, and think it’s a story line and world that I love, and just has a lot that I really like in it.

What’s your favourite Studio Ghibli movie, and why?

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THE 2 THINGS I AM ALWAYS WATCHING

I guess the normalcy of it helps just set a ‘relax routine’ too?

I have 2 go-to things that I always watch. Usually after something like exam block when all I want to do is sleep; or if the week hasn’t been amazing and I just need something to do that’s calming and nice.

The first one of these things is Studio Ghibli films. Whichever one I feel like watching in that moment. I love Studio Ghibli and their films. They’re cute, visually lovely, story wise amazing and I don’t think I could ever get sick of watching them because of how wonderfully made they are.

My usual go-to ones though are Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. With then The Wind Rises, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, From Up On Poppy Hill and When Marnie Was There making frequent reoccurrences too. They’re engaging, pretty to watch and easy to have an emotional response too. Lying down on the couch huddles in blankets alone watching these is truly the way to go.

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My other one then is Daria. I love Daria so much. It’s funny and relatable, and I’m also always inspired by Daria and Jane and how there are in constant pursue of their passions throughout the series. Daria makes me want to invest more of my time into writing, and Jane makes me want to take up art again (both things that I struggle to maintain when life gets busy). There’s also enough episodes to give variety to choose from, so usually I just pick a random season to watch episodes from so that I don’t watch it so much that I become bored.

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Studio Ghibli films and Daria both are things that I am always watching. And I do think that I have the mindset of ‘watching these are nice, and I’m going to enjoy it, and I’m going to feel relaxed and happier after watching these.’ Because so far they both seem do this trick very nicely!

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 31: FAVOURITE MOVIE

“I don’t cook! I’m a scary and powerful fire demon!” – Calcifer, Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl’s Moving Castle. If the past month hasn’t made it clear enough! ❤


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films
Day 3: Favourite Ghibli World
Day 4: A Lesson
Day 5: Favourite Quote
Day 6: Favourite Soundtrack
Day 7: Favourite Ghibli Song
Day 8: Favourite Main Female Character
Day 9: Favourite Main Male Character
Day 10: Favourite Cast
Day 11: Favourite Animal
Day 12: Favourite Spirit
Day 13: Favourite Couple
Day 14: Funniest Movie
Day 15: Saddest Movie
Day 16: Favourite Scene
Day 17: Weirdest Scene
Day 18: Least Favourite Character
Day 19: Films You Haven’t Seen
Day 20: Favourite Director
Day 21: Fanart
Day 22: A Sequel You Wish For
Day 23: Last Movie You Saw
Day 24: Repeat Watching
Day 25: Cosplay
Day 26: A Character You Identify With
Day 27: A Move That You Would Recommend
Day 28: Top 4 Movies
Day 29: An Adaption You Would Like To See
Day 30: Least Favourite Movie

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 28: TOP 4 MOVIES

“It’s okay to cry. Just know that I love you forever.” – Marnie, When Marnie Was There

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Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Bam. Done.


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films
Day 3: Favourite Ghibli World
Day 4: A Lesson
Day 5: Favourite Quote
Day 6: Favourite Soundtrack
Day 7: Favourite Ghibli Song
Day 8: Favourite Main Female Character
Day 9: Favourite Main Male Character
Day 10: Favourite Cast
Day 11: Favourite Animal
Day 12: Favourite Spirit
Day 13: Favourite Couple
Day 14: Funniest Movie
Day 15: Saddest Movie
Day 16: Favourite Scene
Day 17: Weirdest Scene
Day 18: Least Favourite Character
Day 19: Films You Haven’t Seen
Day 20: Favourite Director
Day 21: Fanart
Day 22: A Sequel You Wish For
Day 23: Last Movie You Saw
Day 24: Repeat Watching
Day 25: Cosplay
Day 26: A Character You Identify With
Day 27: A Move That You Would Recommend

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 26: CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH

“I’m sure Howl won’t eat the heart of a shrivelled old lady like me.” – Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle

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Sophie. Her story revolves around her developing confidence, realising her worth and all that other good self-esteem related stuff. She’s a character who knows her weaknesses, much like we all do. But actually has some amazing qualities which she learns to recognise within herself. The doubt she experiences of herself though I think we can all identify with (at least to a certain extent or at least within different situations people have been faced with).


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films
Day 3: Favourite Ghibli World
Day 4: A Lesson
Day 5: Favourite Quote
Day 6: Favourite Soundtrack
Day 7: Favourite Ghibli Song
Day 8: Favourite Main Female Character
Day 9: Favourite Main Male Character
Day 10: Favourite Cast
Day 11: Favourite Animal
Day 12: Favourite Spirit
Day 13: Favourite Couple
Day 14: Funniest Movie
Day 15: Saddest Movie
Day 16: Favourite Scene
Day 17: Weirdest Scene
Day 18: Least Favourite Character
Day 19: Films You Haven’t Seen
Day 20: Favourite Director
Day 21: Fanart
Day 22: A Sequel You Wish For
Day 23: Last Movie You Saw
Day 24: Repeat Watching
Day 25: Cosplay

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 10: FAVOURITE CAST

“One thing you can always count on is that the heart changes.” – Prince, Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl’s Moving Castle without a doubt (and here you thought you might make one more day without me mentioning that movie). They’re a diverse group of ages, backgrounds, personal issues and strengths that together form a loving, memorable family.


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films
Day 3: Favourite Ghibli World
Day 4: A Lesson
Day 5: Favourite Quote
Day 6: Favourite Soundtrack
Day 7: Favourite Ghibli Song
Day 8: Favourite Main Female Character
Day 9: Favourite Main Male Character

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 7: FAVOURITE GHIBLI SONG

“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.” – Yubaba, Spirited Away

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I love songs like Therru’s song, that Spirited Away one… But Merry-Go-Round of life is so, so pretty.


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films
Day 3: Favourite Ghibli World
Day 4: A Lesson
Day 5: Favourite Quote
Day 6: Favourite Soundtrack

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 6: FAVOURITE SOUNDTRACK


“Life is precious because we know we’re going to die.” – Therru, Tales From Earthsea

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This is going to have to be the Howl’s Moving Castle soundtrack. It’s the only movie with multiple stand out songs to me.


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films
Day 3: Favourite Ghibli World
Day 4: A Lesson
Day 5: Favourite Quote

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 3: FAVOURITE GHIBLI WORLD

“A heart’s a heavy burden.” – Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle

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Ooh that’d have to be the world in Howl’s Moving Castle (I’m getting pretty boring I know, considering all my answers are Howl’s Moving Castle)! It’s based in Europe, but it’s also so beautiful and is more a land of magic realism than anything else. It’s a world where everything is pretty normal normal but has that little extra something special in it (all the magic!). And the palette and animation is just really pretty too.


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film
Day 2: How You Discovered Ghibli Films

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GHIBLI CHALLENGE DAY 2: HOW YOU DISCOVERED GHIBLI FILMS

“They say that the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst.” – Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle

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In year 8 history we did feudal Japan as a unit to study for a term. At the end of the term we had a week left of nothing after our assessment was already handed in, so my teacher let us choose between watching Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. And that was my first experience with Ghibli films!


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Day 1: First Ghibli Film

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