So you’ve seen the new Miyazaki film “The Wind Rises” in theatres and it has gotten you super pumped to watch a lot more Miyazaki films?
Animator and Japanese movie maker Hayao Miyazaki has created a lot of extraordinary childhood friendly and iconic anime films and the films can often fit a different mood every single time. Miyazaki fans do proudly talk about their favourite one of the films, and as more and more audiences have converted into Miyazakians there is only one way for them to find out their personal favourites, which is to watch them all.
So which one should you watch first?
If you like: Sisterly love, family values and mystical spirit guardians.
Watch: My Neighbor Totoro
Arguably the most iconic of all Miyazaki fims, and with the result of having a lot of plush toy versions of the big grey guardian himself, My Neighbor Totoro is a heart warming, and heart wrenching film about sisters May and Satsuki starting their lives with their dad at a new ‘pleasingly haunted’ house when little sister May meets Totoro, a big and cuddly protector who helps them when they need him most.
If you like: Adorable ghosts that could eat you whole, a lot of magic spells and pig parents.
Watch: Spirited Away
A film that has the ability to make you really hungry and make you want to seek out for adventure, Spirited Away is a feast for the eyes in terms of detail and colour and characters. The story in itself is also an adventure, featuring Sen, a little cautious little girl who had to save her parents from a ghost town by working for their ghost spa and bath house.
If you like: Hot wizards, war themes, love and talking fire demons.
Watch: Howl’s Moving Castle
Based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, the movie tells the story of a young girl called Sophie who was cursed by a witch to make her look incredibly old and finds herself working for a multi-colour haired wizard Howl and live in his moving castle. The story is in depth and is fun even when you watch it several times because of the amount of detail put into it and the lovable quirky characters.
If you like: Cute fish princesses, puppy love and sea creatures.
Ponyo is the story of a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human called Ponyo, who uses her father’s magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. The film is a must watch because of the visual feat and how cute the premise and characters are.
If you like: Young witches, independence and aerial views.
Watch: Kiki’s Delivery Service
This girl empowering movie about a 13 year old witch who relies on her independence to earn a living should be viewed by every child. It features Kiki, who spends a year in a town on her own while using her magical abilities to make some money after arriving to a new pace by herself. It was inspired by a novel of the same name.