A post like this hardly needs an introduction considering how influential Studio Ghibli is in the world of anime. The real question is ‘Why haven’t I done this post before?’. Anyway, the idea of making this post was ignited after I came across an article of this exact same topic from Japan Cinema.
Let me give you a warning first. This list is rather personal. Since almost all Ghibli works are more or less masterpieces and we all know which ones are the classic or the award winning, I’m not going to rank them as a critic or elitist (which I am not) would. I am doing this as an anime lover. My feeling, my personality and my taste will definitely affect my choice. So bear with me and get ready to be surprised!
I know that it is unbelievable to see Princess Mononoke ranked at number ten but, as everyone knows, Studio Ghibli has made too many great films. Princess Mononoke took my breath away with its shear size and scale. In this anime, Human clashes with nature leading to both tragic and hopeful conclusion.
9) On Your Mark
Who would believe that a 6 minutes long music video with absolutely no dialogue could have this complex and convoluted storytelling? What’s more, the MV also talks about nuclear power and about the fight to protect purity and…whatever, the winged girl represents.
8) Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Laputa is a classic epic fantasy. But honestly, Laputa earns its place in my top ten mostly because of its opening sequence. To be more specific, its opening theme remains one of my all time favorite theme even to this day. It is epic. It is filled with hope, dream and sadness. It almost outshines the anime itself.
7) Only Yesterday
Contrast to other Ghibli films, Only Yesterday tells the story of a woman, not a girl. What I’m most impressed about it is the blending of the past and the present done with simple but effective style. This is a rare and genuine drama anime, one that does not mixed with romance, comedy or fantasy.
6) Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Ponyo is a lovely fish princess who comes to the dry land and brings catastrophic tsunami with her. This is probably the most joyful disaster movie ever made. (read full review here)
The second part of this post will be published soon. Please stay tuned and feel free to share your thoughts!