Tetsuya Number 2 from KNB is the cutest dog! He always steals the show, and is so expressive. Everyone (aside from Kagami) is in love with him and for good reason. His little jersey is the cutest thing I’ve seen and he deserves the world.
Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service in the English dub is the snarkiest cat and I find him hilarious. Look at him pointing out this mug that looks like him! He’s the best friend/sidekick a witch could have.
Megumi’s Demon Dogs are powerful and super reliable! They’re so cute too when they’re being pat and mimicking everyone calling out ‘Maki nice pitch’ when the Tokyo and Kyoto students played baseball .
Who’s your favourite animal sidekick you’ve seen in anime?
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.
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.
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!
“(Pointing to a mug with a black cat like him painted on it) Look, Kiki! It’s me!” – Jiji, Kiki’s Delivery Service
Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service. Not only my spirit animal (though I feel like Salem is too, so maybe I just have a thing for black cats…) and by far the most relatable character in that movie for me, but also just generally very memorable among all the Ghibli movies.
And obviously that I’d want to live in. Because no thank-you to being whisked away to live throughout the events of Grave of the Fireflies and have to fight in the world of Princess Mononoke. And I also excluded films from this list that are set in more realistic worlds like From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises and Only Yesterday.
Howl’s Moving Castle
I really, really like the world of Howl’s Moving Castle. I mean, I’d prefer if there wasn’t a war going on but it seems relatively short-lived anyway and this world is too beautiful to not live in. All the different towns are so pretty! And all the magic too!
You cannot tell me that this wouldn’t be a cool world to live in. There’s so many awesome things in here with all the magic, cool sea life and it’s just super pretty
Kiki’s Delivery Service
The town Kiki goes to complete her training is pretty nice. I like the idea that witches live among everyone else too and learn to specialise in an area to then make a living. Plus all the townspeople are lovely
My Neighbour Totoro
If only we could all find a tunnel that would lead us to a lush, green cavern where beings such as Totoro and the Catbus and the smaller Totoros…
A post WWI world where the story takes place predominately in the Adriatic Sea and then also a bit in Milan, Italy? Sign me up! Okay sure so the world has some problems and all but the whole thing about this is that there’s air pirates and such a focus on the sky and it’s so cool!
The Cat Returns
So many cats. I love it. If I could transition between the cat world and the human world then I would be a very happy person
This world just has such a cool design. It all looks amazing, there’s definitely some fascinating creatures here and the rules/laws of this world are pretty interesting too