The Studio Ghibli Challenge
August 27, 2012 § 106 Comments
Every movie I ever watched, produced by Studio Ghibli, holds a very special place in my heart. And they all leave me with this recurring feeling which I still cannot put my finger on. Every time I watch a Studio Ghibli movie I feel this emotion which for the life of me I simply cannot explain, and it leaves me lost for words.
Only one word seems to come close to that feeling; the word home. The feeling is very similar to the one I get when I visit my parent’s house; the place I grew up in. The place where I have so many memories; good or bad, the place where I used to have sleepovers with my best friend talking about our first love, the place where I cried myself to sleep after my first heartbreak, the place where I played, laughed, got angry, the place where I used to spend hours on end daydreaming. That is essentially how a Studio Ghibli movie feels to me, like my past home. Add to that the fact there is always a cat, the sea and a prominent electricity pylon and you have me explained to a tee.
But all this leaves me curious, how can a movie produced half way around the world infiltrate this very intimate, private place in my heart. So I thought to myself, what better way is there to understand, then by watching all Studio Ghibli movies?
Below is a list from Wikipedia of all Studio Ghibli movies. I have linked all of them to Wikipedia just in case you would like to read a little more about them. The ones in orange are the ones I still have to watch.
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
- Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
- Only Yesterday (1991)
- Porco Rosso (1992)
- Ocean Waves (1993)
- Pom Poko (1994)
- Whisper of the Heart (1995)
- Princess Mononoke (1997)
- My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- The Cat Returns (2002)
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
- Tales from Earthsea (2006)
- Ponyo (2008)
- Arrietty (2010)
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
A little trivia? Ghibli is based on the Arabic name for Sirocco (qibla), the Mediterranean wind. Living in Malta, that makes me smile. Oh, and needless to say, one day I really want to visit the Ghibli Museum in Japan.
I’d love to hear from you if Studio Ghibli movies have the same effect on you. Drop me a line in the comments section below.