This post is intended to serve as the prelude to my ‘Ghibli review season’. As with all things, some background and context never hurts.
I was first introduced to the works of the talented Hayao Miyazaki when my sister happened to rent Spirited Away. A good movie, yes, but it would still be a while before I would discover that it was far from the best that Studio Ghibli had to offer.
A few years on I happened to be in HMV browsing, as you did before HMV closed, (may you rest in peace, sweet prince), and I spotted in the DVD section an array of titles that appeared to belong to the Studio Ghibli collection. My eyes lit up and childhood excitement took over. I spent the next few months using every cent I had to collect them all.
While I can’t tell you what order I bought them in, the first few titles included Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and of course Spirited Away.
I’ll be aiming to do a review on each of the titles in the Ghibli series. Caution to the faint-hearted however, gushing will most likely be included. For those unfamiliar with the series, I’ll outline the collection for you. ‘Cus I’m a nice guy.
(I’ll be listing them in terms of their number in the series as opposed to their year of release.)
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
- The Cat Returns
- Porco Rosso
- Pom Poko
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Princess Mononoke
- My Neighbour Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
- My Neighbours the Yamadas
- Spirited Away
- Only Yesterday
- Tales from Earthsea
- Ocean Waves
To prevent the ‘those guys’ from being, well, ‘those guys’… Yes, there are a few other titles in the series. I will not be covering:
- From Up on Poppy Hill
- The Wind Rises
- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
- When Marnie Was There
I am not as familiar with these films, also I don’t own them, so I will aim to procure/watch these at some point. I might do a separate review ‘season’ for these.
I decided going through them in order might be a little boring, so I’ve re-ordered them to make it more interesting. Random Number Generators are actually useful, whaddayaknow.
While I won’t spoil the order of the films . . .
I will reveal that the first film I’ll be covering . . .
will be . . .
I haven’t decided on a schedule or how frequently I will release the reviews but I am aiming to have this out in the next two weeks and from there well.. we’ll see!