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Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation based in Koganei, Tokyo. It starts in June 1985. The studio is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, along with Isao Takahata and the producer Toshio Suzuki. After the debut of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the studio becomes well known for its anime feature films.

In 1986, the studio released the film Laputa The Castle in the sky.

The logo of the studio features the character from the film My Neighbor Totoro in 1988.

The studio has made 20 feature films including a few short films, television commercials and a television film. In 1989, one of the best studio ghibli movies  Kiki’s Delivery Service was produced.

There are other films made by the studio after 1989. In 1997 one of the popular films Princess Mononoke was released.

Between the 15 highest-grossing Japanese animated films created, eight of them are made by Studio Ghibli. Among all Miyazaki’s collection, Spirited Away in 2001 has the highest gross over $274 million worldwide.

My personal favorite film by Miyazaki is Howl’s Moving Castle. The story is very interesting and I just love the characters in the story a lot.

One of the Ghibli Studio movies loves by kids is Ponyo On A Cliff which was made in 2008. It’s about the 5-year old son of a sailor named Sosuke finds a pretty goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach. He rescues the goldfish and names her Ponyo. However the goldfish is not just a regular fish, she is the daughter of  a sea goddess and a great wizard. Ponyo transforming herself into a young girl by using her father’s magic threatens the balance of the world.  Then two kids who love each other take on an adventure to save the world and fulfill Ponyo’s dreams of becoming human.

There are more Ghibli movies after Ponyo. New studio ghibli movie The Wind Rises nominated for an Academy Award is Hayo Miyazaki’s last film. It’s about Jiro Horikoshi an aviation engineer who loves the aesthetics, spirit, and obsesses with science of flight for as long as he can remember. He has been trying to build his dream plane, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero and he finally completes it after many years. However he is horrified when he finds out his plane is going to be used for combat in World War II.