Before you start reading this post, please make sure you’ve read, or at least skimmed through, part 1 of Canne’s top 10 Studio Ghibli works. Now we have reached the top 5 of Ghibli works that I love most. Let’s begin!
5) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
I often find myself thinking about this masterpiece when I come across many sci-fi/fantasy anime. Strong female lead, environmentalism, dystopia, ancient monsters and flying machines. It’s as if Nausicaa is the inspiration for every anime that comes after.
4) Spirited Away
This is the anime with exceptional detail. It’s a whole new world full of wonders and mystery. Watching Spirited Away, I could feel the love and childish dream behind every scene of the show.
3) Ocean Waves
Most anime tells the story about something extraordinary. This anime tells something completely the opposite. There is absolutely nothing even remotely extraordinary in this anime. Yet for some crazy reason, I just can’t get it out of my mind.
2) My Neighbor Totoro
Totoro is probably the most adorable forest guardian spirit ever! He represents what I cannot see in reality with naked eyes. Through him, I see nature as a friend and somehow I know that I’m part of it.
1) Whisper of the Heart
There were more than once that I falsely believed this anime was made especially for me. It was like watching my own life replayed on screen; playing violin, writing my first crappy science fiction in junior high, day dreaming about the world that didn’t exist, reading tons of fantasy novels and meeting a fat cat. My current cat is named ‘Moon’ after the cat in this anime. So you see that the top spot simply belongs to this anime.
I feel like I’ve committed the worst crime by omitting many universally praised anime like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle of Cagliostro and especially Grave of the Fireflies. But, as I’ve mentioned before, there are too many great films to choose from and my ranking is based on my preference. Thus, getting ranked lower does not mean that the anime is inferior in quality or in any other way. Additionally, in Grave of the Fireflies’ case, I always get a sudden surge of depression every time I think about it so despite its greatness, I’m not really fond of it.
This list may need an update soon after the new Ghibli film arrives later this year but I really doubt that. What about your choice in this matter? I bet you all have your own lists that are completely different from mine.