Tag Archives: Studio Ghibli

The Wind is Rising…We Must Try to Live! – Review of The Wind Rises


Allegedly Miyazaki’s last directorial feature, The Wind Rises was similar to his previous films in many ways. But at the same time, it was also the one that greatly deviated from his other works. This review contains spoilers. Continue reading

A Collection of Unpublished Thoughts from 2013: The Wind Rises, Good-versus-Evil tropes, Game of Thrones anime and 6th year anniversary!


2013 is drawing to a close and despite all the bad things that had happened, the world somehow keeps spinning. It has been a crazy year for my life but rather slow year for my blog. I have always tried to avoid publishing too many meta posts or posts that carried too little contents. So this is a good opportunity for me to publish all those things I wanted to say but could not fit them into a proper post. Enjoy and feel free to share your thoughts! Continue reading

Love always remains: a twenty-year-late review of Porco Rosso

It’s been twenty years but love remains as fresh and sweet as I could ever hope for. Continue reading

Recovering from Crisis: From Up on Poppy Hill anime review

I was inevitably skeptical after seeing Tales from Earthsea. Going in the high-fantasy route might not work well for Goro Miyazaki. In this anime, he went in a different direction by making down to earth, drama anime. I am glad to say that it was the right choice. Continue reading

Impressions and Reflections from ‘Only Yesterday’: a 20-year-late anime review

Only Yesterday is an old and arguably classic anime.  I intentionally avoid writing traditional review because it has been done to death by people much smarter and more talented than me. So I decided to make this post a half anime review and half self-reflection for myself. I hope that this post can inspire you to do the same. Continue reading

Five things I learned from re-watching Princess Mononoke: a 10-year late anime review

Hopefully, I can finally watch and review it with eyes unclouded. Continue reading

The Borrower Arrietty: anime review – beauty is in the detail

It’s certainly been a while since the last Ghibli film, Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea. Somewhere between chaotic works and absurd life, I stopped anticipating another Ghibli film despite the fact that I am such a huge fan. Late last night, I watched The Borrower Arrietty. Lots of fond memories were brought back to me, along with glimpses of the long forgotten magic. Continue reading

Canne’s Top 10 Studio Ghibli Works (part 2)

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! Continue reading

Canne’s Top 10 Studio Ghibli Works (part 1)

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. Continue reading