Studio Ghibli opened in June of 1985, and to celebrate its anniversary Netolabo Survey Team in Japan asked people who their favorite Ghibli heroine was. The results have been posted, and the woman who took the top spot got about one third of all the votes.
10. Madame Gina from Porco Rosso
9. Satsuki Kusakabe from My Neighbor Totoro
8. Chihiro Ogino/Sen from Spirited Away
7. Shizuku Tsukishima from Whisper of the Heart
6. Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle
5. Rikako Muto from Ocean Waves
4. Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service
3. San from Princess Mononoke
2. Sheeta from Castle in the Sky
1. Nausicaä from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Studio Ghibli has been praised for its female characters, and co-founder Toshio Suzuki has opined that Miyazaki has a mother complex, which leads him to base his young heroines on his mom.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.