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In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of”Spirited Away”

While Avatar: The Last Airbender deserves a lot of credit for getting me into animation...There is another piece of media that deserves to be mentioned. And considering it just celebrated its 20th anniversary this month, it seems like the right time to discuss Spirited Away. I first saw the movie when I was about 10… Continue reading In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of”Spirited Away”

Anime, Film, Foreign, Studio Ponoc

Mary and the Witch’s Flower needed more time to truly bloom.

This review was originally posted on Jan. 21, 2018. Mild spoilers ahead. Beware. For just one night, a mysterious power is yours. What will you do? Those are the arc words of Studio Ponoc’s first movie. Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Studio Ponoc’s debut film, was...perfectly nice. The animation, character designs, backgrounds, and food were… Continue reading Mary and the Witch’s Flower needed more time to truly bloom.

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Princess Mononoke: a tragic tale of revenge

Princess Mononoke is a tragic tale about a young prince named Ashitaka who finds himself embroiled in a bitter battle between humans and spirits. The film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki through Studio Ghibli in 1997. Forced to leave his people after being curse, Ashitaka travels west to find a cure from the Deer God.… Continue reading Princess Mononoke: a tragic tale of revenge

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“The Castle of Cagliostro,” the film that started it all

I don’t know how The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) made it on to Netflix; it’s not the kind of movie you would expect to get released on a streaming service. No Ghibli movies are currently available on these kinds of sites, despite having an obvious audience. But I’m not going to look a gift horse in… Continue reading “The Castle of Cagliostro,” the film that started it all

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Porco Rosso is one Ghibli’s oddest but most enjoyable films

Porco Rosso (1992) was Ghibli Fest's May film. Directed by Miyazaki, the film was originally planned to be a short inflight film for Japan Airlines. Eventually, it was decided that the movie would be a feature film shown in theaters. The airline still invested in the endeavor. This is the reason why the opening text is… Continue reading Porco Rosso is one Ghibli’s oddest but most enjoyable films

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“The Cat Returns” is a movie you’ll find yourself returning to again and again

This month, GKIDs showed The Cat Returns, directed by Hiroyuki Morita, as part of their 2018 Ghibli Fest. This is one of the many Ghibli films I haven't had a chance to see before, so I was very excited. And after a not so good week, I really needed something lighthearted, something that was pure… Continue reading “The Cat Returns” is a movie you’ll find yourself returning to again and again