A Studio Ghibli Guide: Can Skip

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That’s it, we are done with Studio Ghibli reviews, I promise. In my final post, I give you a brief outline of which of the Studio’s productions you can easily skip. After all, there are 20+ movies and it’s a challenge to figure out what to watch.

Tales from Earthsea

This is probably the worst Studio Ghibli film. It’s not horrible, especially comparied with other movies outside of this universe. However, in comparison with Studio Ghibli’s productions it doesn’t hold up. At all.

Pom Poko

Remember when I said I love the weird moments we get in these movies? Well, Pom Poko went a bit to far. Let me give you an example (I shit you not): one of the racoon dogs stretches his ballsack so far that they can use it as sail for a boat. Sorry, they lost me there.

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A Studio Ghibli Guide: So-So

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After I recently told you all about the Studio Ghibli films you absolutely need to check out, today I want to bring you some that were quite decent but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to anybody except anime fans.

Arrietty

I don’t know what I had been expecting from this film but somehow it just didn’t 100% hit the mark for me. It was pretty cute but in comparison with other Studio Ghibli productions it doesn’t hold up all that well. I enjoyed watching it but wouldn’t necessarily do so again.

Ponyo

This is certailny one of the most adorable Ghibli films out here. However, the story is a little weak and left too many qestions unanswered for my taste. The movie also was a bit too long.

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A Studio Ghibli Guide: Must Watch

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So we’ve through an insane amount of Studio Ghibli reviews. In case you don’t feel like reading all 20 reviews to figure out what is actually worth watching, I’ve prepared three final posts for you. I’m listing the Ghibli must-watch movies, those that are just about half-way decent, and those you can definitely skip!

Spirited Away

Spirited Aways is probably the most famous Studio Ghilbi film and also one of the most successful ones. Not without reason! It’s magical, weird, colorful, stunning and memorable. Watching this film for the first time really is an experience, so definitely a must-watch!

My Neighbor Totoro

Totoro is not only Studio Ghibli’s mascot but also the star of the first official Ghibli movie. It’s beyond adorable, funny spiked with sad moments and quite unlike any other film you’ve ever seen before.

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When Marnie Was There

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With When Marnie Was There we reached the end of the Studio Ghibli movies available on Netflix. There is, however, one other film that due to some issues with the rights is currently not available on the streaming platform. So, unfortunately I can’t review that one. šŸ˜¦
Anyway, let’s get talking about When Marnie Was There!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face”. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

The Rating:

*Takes a deep breath*
As was the case with From Up On Poppy Hill, I’ll mention some stuff after the “Read More” button that counts as a spoiler, so consider yourself warned!

When Marnie Was There starts out interesting enough and we’ll soon begin to explore an intriguing mystery. This did, however, not end the way I expected. In fact, once we reach the big reveal is where it gets rather weird – and not in the good Studio Ghibli kind of weird.

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The Wind Rises

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Welcome to another Studio Ghibli review. Today I’ll talk about a movie I had never heard about before I binged all the Ghibli-films on Netflix. So let’s find out whether The Wind Rises turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. 

The Rating:

Okay, here’s the deal: it’s another visually stunning film, but honestly I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Studio Ghibli production.

It’s fascinating that they decided to tackle some real people and events here as I was not at all familiar with pretty much any of the stuff they mention. I should, however, mention that although the main character is based on a real person, a large chunk of the events depicted is fictitious.

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From Up on Poppy Hill

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Today I want to talk about one of Studio Ghibli’s lesser-known productions, From Up On Poppy Hill. Let’s see whether it can keep up with the amazing films we’ve discussed so far!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics – and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But – in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing – a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. 

The Rating:

While I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, something about this film really rubbed me the wrong way and I can’t tackle that without giving away a little plot-twist. So, if you click the read more button below the next paragraph, consider yourself warned.

Generally speaking, this is another beautifully made Studio Ghibli film. The animation, and especially the colors, are mesmerizing. By the way, this movie is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro. In comparison with his first movie, Tales from Earthsea, he definitely stepped up his game.

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