Updated: Jul 18
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. It was founded on 15 June 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki. The studio is best known for its animated feature films and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film.
Five of its films have won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. Totoro, a character from My Neighbor Totoro is the studio's mascot. Six of Studio G Hibli's films are among the 10 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan.
Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
A millennium has passed since the "Seven Days of Fire," which destroyed nearly all life on Earth. Humanity now lives in a constant struggle against the treacherous jungle that has evolved in response to the destruction caused by mankind. Away from the jungle exists a peaceful farming kingdom known as the "Valley of the Wind" The Valley's charismatic young princess, Nausicaä, finds her tranquil kingdom disturbed when an airship crashes violently in the Valley. The Valley is invaded by the Tolmekian military, who intend to revive a dangerous weapon.
Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa is a young girl who has been kidnapped by government agents who seek her mysterious crystal amulet. Sheeta meets Pazu, a boy who dreams of reaching the fabled flying castle, Laputa. The two decide to embark on a journey together to discover this castle in the sky. But they soon find the government agents back on their trail, as they too are trying to reach Laputa for their own greedy purposes.
Grave of the Fireflies
Synopsis: Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko. Two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future. Now orphaned and homeless, they drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease.
My Neighbor Totoro
In 1950s Japan, Tatsuo Kusakabe relocates himself and his two daughters to the countryside to be closer to their mother. As the girls grow acquainted with rural life, Mei encounters a small, bunny-like creature in the yard. Chasing it into the forest, she finds "Totoro," a giant, mystical forest spirit.
Majo no Takkyuubin
Synopsis: Kiki, a 13-year-old witch-in-training, must spend a year living on her own in a distant town in order to become a full-fledged witch. Kiki flies out into the open world atop her broomstick with her black cat Jiji. In attempting to find her place among the townsfolk, Kiki comes to understand the true meaning of responsibility.
Taeko Okajima is a 27-year-old, independent woman who spent her entire life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the country to help out during the harvest. Omoide Poroporo takes on Taeko's journey as an adult woman coming to terms with her childhood dreams compared to the person she is today. Back to Mail Online home. Back to the page, you came from.
Marco Pagot becomes Porco Rosso, a bounty hunter who takes down sky pirates in the Adriatic Sea. World War I ace Marco Pagot is gunned down by a young American hotshot named Donald Curtis. Porco Rosso flees to the famous Piccolo S.P.A. airplane company and takes out a massive loan in order to repair and improve his fighter plane. With the help of Fio Piccolo, Porco prepares to challenge Donald officially and regain his honor.
The Ocean Waves
Synopsis: Ocean Waves is a high school love story set in Kochi, Japan. A girl from Tokyo named Muto Rikako transfers to their school. Excluding herself from group activities, she's eventually labeled a snob. Matsuno has a crush on Rikako, so it's no surprise that he gets a little jealous.
Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko
Synopsis: Tanuki, a magical shape-shifting mammal, is caught up in a struggle to defend their beloved forest from the looming threat of an expanding Tokyo. The Tanuki unite as one with the hope that together they may be able to repel mankind's construction projects. But will they reclaim their forest as a united community, or will they be torn apart by a war against humanity? Watch the rest of the series in "Tanuki: City of the Stars" on October 31 at 9 p.m. ET.
Whisper of the Heart
Shizuku Tsukishima is an energetic 14-year-old girl who enjoys reading and writing poetry in her free time. She notices that her library books are frequently checked out by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. She decides to search for the boy who shares her love for literature. Shizuku learns while acquainting herself with Seiji that he has a dream that he would like to fulfill, causing her dismay as she remains uncertain of her future.
Synopsis: Princess Mononoke is a Japanese children's novel written by Shunji Goto. It was first released in Japan in 1989. The film is one of the most successful Japanese films of all time. It won the bestseller award at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1989 and was nominated for the Academy Award for best picture in the English-language version in 2000. The Japanese version of the film was released in the U.S. in 1998.
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Synopsis: Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage, and family life. They have a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents, and a pesky daughter.
10-year-old Chihiro Ogino is less than pleased when she and her parents discover an abandoned amusement park. She must summon the courage to live and work amongst spirits to save her parents. With the help of the enigmatic Hako, she meets a cast of unique characters she meets along the way. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi is published by Shunga Books.
The Cat Returns
High school student Haru Yoshioka is bored with the monotony of life. She saves Prince Lune of the Cat Kingdom from being run over by a truck. As a token of gratitude, the Cat King sends her presents and invites her to the Kingdom to become Lune's wife. Haru's inability to properly communicate with the cats leads to the misunderstanding that she has accepted the proposal. She soon learns that, unless she can find her true self, she may become a cat permanently. The more Haru immerses herself in the activities of the cat kingdom, the more cat-like she becomes.
Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Sophie Hatter is the plain daughter of a hatmaker who does not expect much from her future. Sophie's simple life takes a turn for the exciting when she is ensnared in a disturbing situation. In an endeavor to return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and a myriad of eccentric companions in his living castle, on a dangerous adventure as a raging war tears their kingdom apart. Back to Mail Online home. Back to the page, you came from.
Wandering wizard Ged is investigating bizarre events in the kingdom of Tehanu. He meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy who has a severe dark side. The witch Kumo sees this as a perfect opportunity to use the boy's fears against the very one who would help him, Ged.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Goldfish named Ponyo escapes from her home on the back of a jellyfish. She is rescued by Sousuke, a five-year-old boy who lives by the sea with his mother and father. Ponyo rejects her birth name and declares that she wants to become a human. Magic released into the ocean causes an imbalance in nature, causing the Moon to start falling out of orbit and the tides to grow dangerously stronger. Sous Duke must pass an ancient test to restore order in the world and let his companion live on as a human.
The Secret World of Arrietty
14-year-old Arrietty and her parents live in the small spaces of a human garden. They are what some might call "borrowers"; they take items from the human world to eke out a living. Their existence goes mostly undiscovered until the arrival of Shou, 12. When Shou begins to notice small things going missing, he becomes suspicious and strikes up a friendship. However, this is a friendship fraught with danger due to the obvious risk of their discovery.
From Up On Poppy Hill
In "Coquelicot Manor," Umi Matsuzaki is a student at a boarding house run by her family. When she isn't at home, she is helping her high school fight against plans to demolish the clubhouse where she lives. She falls in love with Shun Kazama, an orphan who doesn't know much about his origins. The two begin searching for clues to the boy's past and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
A bamboo cutter discovers a small baby inside a glowing shoot in a forest. He takes her home, convinced she is a princess sent to Earth as a divine blessing from heaven. When he finds a fortune of gold and treasure in the forest, he takes it upon himself to turn his daughter into a real princess. As she leaves her friends behind to enter into an unwanted life of royalty, Kaguya's origins and purpose slowly come to light.
The Wind Rises
Jirou Horikoshi's nearsightedness prevents him from ever becoming a pilot. He leaves his hometown to study aeronautical engineering at Tokyo Imperial University. His arrival in the capital coincides with the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. This disastrous event marks the beginning of over two decades of social unrest and malaise leading up to Japan's eventual surrender in World War II. As time marches on, he must confront the impossible question: at what cost does he chase his beautiful dream?
When Marnie Was There
Synopsis: Omoide no Marnie tells the touching story of a young girl's journey through self-discovery and friendship. Anna Sasaki is sent to the countryside to escape the city for the summer. She discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh House and meets a mysterious girl named Marines. OmoideNo Marnie is in Japanese with English subtitles and English with subtitles. It is set in Japan in the 1980s and is the first time the film has been translated into English.
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