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Anime Anime Readers Rank Their Favorite Studio Ghibli Films

Studio Ghibli: the legendary anime studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki after the completion of their film Nausicaa really needs no introduction. Beloved by anime fans and mainstream film lovers alike, Ghibli’s films have become essential viewing in their native Japan and abroad.

This week anime news site Anime Anime went for broke and asked it: what is your favorite Studio Ghibli film? We’re not giving Anime Anime any points for originality on this one, but we must admit we were curious to see the answers anyway. Here they are:

10. The Cat Returns
9. Porco Rosso
8. My Neighbor Totoro
7. Whisper of the Heart
6. Kiki’s Delivery Service
5. Howl’s Moving Castle
4. Spirited Away
3. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
2. Princess Mononoke
1. Castle in the Sky

A few observations:

  • If we want to get nitpicky, Nausicaa was created before the formation of Ghibli proper, though the company has since inserted it into their filmography.
  • We’re surprised to see The Cat Returns make the list over, say, Only Yesterday or Ponyo.
  • No Isao Takahata films made the list! Poor guy.

What’s your Studio Ghibli top 10?

Source: Anime Anime


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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.