Friday Faves: Studio Ghibli Films

One of the studios that continues to be a huge inspiration for me is Studio Ghibli. The animation and storytelling are so beautifully done that I can watch the movies over and over and still feel like I haven't caught every detail. Since I recently rewatched one of the movies on this list I thought I should put together a favorite's list of Studio Ghibli films, enjoy!

5. Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke was my very first exposure to Studio Ghibli. It was an intense ride but I'll never forget the incredible story and just how beautiful all of the sequences were. The story it told was definitely the most violent but also really thought provoking. Highlighting how as man continued to evolve he did not always take into account how his actions affected those around him, including the earth and all of its creatures. 

4. Spirited Away

As someone who used to move around quite a bit, I felt that I could truly relate to the main character Chihiro who felt like she was at the whim of others and unable to make her own mark. But she also remembered those who were truly important to her. It is at times that we tend to forget those who've helped us along the way but in the fleeting moments when we remember it's something to treasure. 

3. Whisper of the Heart

I remember coming across this when I worked at Blockbuster and not really knowing what it was about. Soon I fell in love with the story being able to relate to the main character, , who wanted nothing more than to pour her heart into a story that she created. Knowing that nothing is perfect the first go around and that the journey to reaching your dreams feels even better when you have a companion to be your rock along the way. 

2. Porco Rosso

The greatest man to fight fascism was Porco Rosso. I'll admit that the first go around of watching this movie I didn't truly "get" it. But I slowly grew to love Porco Rosso and all of his shenanigans, though I still have a lot of questions about how he became a pig and what exactly happened at the end. Nonetheless I still find things that excite me in the movie and that I've missed previously.

1. Kiki's Delivery Service

This movie is forever my number one favorite Ghibli film of all time. As a creative and just someone who normally feels lost in a world that tries to pigeonhole her I can really related to Kiki's struggle with who she is. Not only that but who she is meant to be and where her life is heading. It is a roller coaster of emotions that continues to strike a cord with me no matter how many times I watch it. For those of you that feel lost who want to find some inspiration then this is the movie for you. 

I hope you enjoyed my list. Of course there are many amazing films from Studio Ghibli that it is truly difficult to narrow it down to just a top five but I'd love to know what are some of your favorite Studio Ghibli movies? Is there one that you tend to rewatch time and again and always feels like its a new experience all over again?  

♡ Mana