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