6 Studio Ghibli Gems: An Uplifting Rollercoaster from Blissful Joy to Heartfelt Melancholy

Studio Ghibli Inc. is a Japanese animation studio Based in Koganei, Tokyo. Studio Ghibli was founded on June 15, 1985, by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.

Five of the studio films were among the ten highest-grossing anime feature films made in Japan. Spirited Away is second, grossing 31.68 billion yen in Japan and over US $380 million worldwide and Princess Mononoke is the fourth, grossing 20.18 billion yen. ‘Spirited Away’ won the 2002 Golden Bear and the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The 2023 movie‘ The Boy and the Heron’ has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

Studio Ghibli 'spirited Away'

The name ‘Ghibli‘ was chosen by Miyazaki from an Italian noun that stands for hot desert wind and is the nickname of an Italian aircraft. The name was chosen because it reflected his passion for aircraft and a desire to bring innovation to the anime Industry.

Studio Ghibli is known for its comfort movies which a person can watch after a hectic day or a not-very-good day. The animation, storyline, and characters are all top-tier and well-written. The movies fill the heart of a person with warmth and love. For some people, studio Ghibli is a nostalgia and for some, it’s an emotion.

That’s why ‘Studio Ghibli’ is a studio of every emotion.

Kiki from Kiki Delivery service

‘Joy and Whimsy’

 While the whole Studio Ghibli is about Joy and playfulness, some notable movies like My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service are notable ones that bring comfort and joy to the viewers.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988): In a magical world where two sisters discover friendly forest spirits including the iconic ‘Totoro.’ The Enchanting animation, cheerful characters, and the innocence of childhood evoke a sense of wonder and nostalgia in viewers, and with the heartwarming storyline and delightful writing, the movie captures the hearts of a million people.

Kiki Delivery Service (1989): Kiki’s delivery service is a movie about a young witch who navigates her life on a broomstick and finds a picturesque seaside town, where she works in a bakery as a delivery witch. Kiki’s journey of self-discovery and encounters with other people creates a magical atmosphere and several moments in the movie will leave you in magical wonder.

Grave of the Fireflies

‘Melancholy and Reflection’

Movies like ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ and ‘When Marnie Was There’ beautifully portray the feeling of sorrow, loss, and Self-reflection.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988): Grave of the Fireflies portrays a brother and sister who struggle to survive during World War II, facing tragedy and loss. Through stunning animation and a heart-rending narration. the film captures the harsh realities of war and the impact of losing loved ones on the ones who survived.

When Marnie Was There (2014): “When Marnie Was There” delicately navigates the complexities of sorrow, loss, and self-reflection. The film portrays the emotional journey of its protagonist, Anna, uncovering profound themes through her heart-touching connection with Marnie. Masterfully crafted and animated, the movie invites the viewers to explore the depths of human emotions with sensitivity and self-reflection.

Howl's Moving Castle

‘Heartwarming and nostalgic’

Movies like ‘Howl’s Moving Castle‘ and ‘Spirited Away’ are the movies that set people’s standards for love, because they wanna experience love like them in their empty lives. These types of movies capture and delightfully present the power of love.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): Howl’s Moving Castle, is the definition of a fairytale-like romance. Howl and Sophie’s curse, war, lucifer, and the whole movie is a magical rollercoaster of emotions. The soundtrack of Howl’s moving castle “Merry-go-Round” is an enchanting melody, that fills the listener’s heart with warmth and calmness. The captivating storyline and stunning animation also create a profoundly emotive and memorable experience.

Spirited Away (2005): “Spirited Away” follows Chihiro’s magical journey in a spirit world where she meets Haku. Through magical encounters and growth, the film evokes a sense of nostalgia and delivers a heartwarming experience. The film is a magical journey where Chihiro’s enchanting tale captures the essence of childhood wonder and imagination.
Indulge in the enchanting world of Studio Ghibli! Whether seeking joy, solace, or adventure, explore their filmography to align with your emotions or desired atmosphere. From whimsical tales to profound narratives, Ghibli offers a cinematic journey tailored to your unique emotional state. Let the magic unfold! Watch the movies that match the current status of your mood and lighten up with the magic of Studio Ghibli.