Hayao Miyazaki

Why the Anime Industry Needs Otaku to Survive

Below is one question that may be faced by a huge ‘NO WAY!’ from fans considering the decent number of new and ongoing anime releases this 2015. Not to mention the fact that there are still many long running series that have a huge fan base in and outside Japan. Author’s photo If we take…

Hayao Miyazaki: The Father of Anime

You may not know his name, but you surely you know his films. Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿) is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, one of the most successful anime film companies in the world. Originally founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli has 8 films in the top 15 highest-grossing anime films ever! So, it is unlikely you’ve…

Japanese Anime at its Best: My Neighbor Totoro

Films by Studio Ghibli have captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. If you know about anime and have seen a few films, you have probably seen the work of Studio Ghibli. Many of their films have won awards and have become internationally popular. One of the most loved films worldwide…

Spirited Away – the Most Successful Movie in Japanese History

One magical animation created by Studio Ghibli is entitled “Spirited Away.” It tells about a typical Japanese family moving into a new neighborhood but unintentionally entering the spirits’ world. The film was released on July 20th, 2001, became one of the most successful films in Japanese movie history, and received a widespread critical acclaim. The…

The Top 5 Creepy Studio Ghibli Characters

Studio Ghibli creates memorable animations that are steeped in magic, mystery and intrigue. Some of the characters are cute, some are plucky, and some are downright crazy. Yet there are others that are sure to spook both adult and younger viewers alike. Let’s take a look at some of the scariest Ghibli creations. 1. Nago…

Top 7 Studio Ghibli Films of All Time

In days gone by, anime cartoons were enjoyed by a fairly niche market, mainly within Japan alone. But then Studio Ghibli came along with major films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke that were popular in mainstream channels around the world. Since then, the Ghibli animations have a following across the globe. Here are some…

The Top 5 Cutest Studio Ghibli Characters

Japanese people love all things かわいい!!! (cute – kawaii) and one of the best-known embodiments of Japanese cuteness is found in the adorable and unforgettable characters of the Studio Ghibli animations. So which of the Ghibli creations rate as the top cutest? 1. Ponyo Film: Ponyo tasteofcinema.com/ Kawaii Rating: 9/10. While she ends the film…

A Ghibli-Style Movie You Might Not Have Heard Of

Studio Ghibli I’d heard of Studio Ghibli when I was a teenager – the popularity of Spirited Away reaching across the globe and introducing me to that style of animation – but I never really got into it until I came to Japan. The quirky characters, stylistic animation and original stories make the Ghibli films…