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Top 10 best Ghibli movies in Japan [Ranking]

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oyuchan
I've been spending a lot of time at home lately! I'm so bored!
Then let's watch a movie at home. Have you heard of Ghibli movies?
tsukachan
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I've heard of it! Isn't it one of Japan's most famous animated movies?
Yes, yes! There are so many great movies out there, but I'm going to introduce you ten most popular Ghibli movies in Japan!
tsukachan
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Yay! Now I won't have any trouble spending time at home!

Do you know Ghibli films?

Ghibli films are made by Studio Ghibli, Japan's world-famous animation studio. Ghibli’s director Hayao Miyazaki has created numerous masterpieces. Ghibli films are highly appreciated for their delicate depiction of the scenery and people depicted in the films, and for the fine details that only Japan can provide.

Ghibli films are animation films loved all over the world.
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No. 1 Spirited Away

Story

The main character, Chihiro, wanders into a strange city on her way to her new home in her parents' car. The town is visited by eight million gods and is a place where ordinary people are not allowed to enter. Chihiro's parents ate the food for the gods without permission and were transformed into pigs. Chihiro didn’t eat but she was about to disappear, but then she was saved by a boy named "Haku " who knew Chihiro.

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I am fascinated by the unrealistic world view

20s male

I am fascinated by the unrealistic world view.

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The masterpiece of Ghibli animation!!!

20s female

This is a masterpiece! Haku, who helps Chihiro, is very popular in this film. Be sure to pay attention to Haku, who has a beautiful face and can even transform into a dragon!

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No. 2 My Neighbor Totoro.

Story

The Kusakabe family moves to an old abandoned house in a small farming village to help their mother recuperate. While they were moving with the help of the neighbor, the older sister "Satsuki " and the younger sister "Mei ", who are in elementary school, find a mysterious little black ghost.

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A film that brings back the heart of a child

20s female

Through My Neighbor Totoro, I can feel like a child again along with Satsuki and Mei. I think you will be fascinated not only by the characters in the story but also by the various scenery depictions.

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The sisters are cute

30s Male

In this film, young sisters meet Totoro and grow up through various experiences.

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No. 3 Princess Mononoke.

Story

Ashitaka, who lives in the village of Emishi, was supposed to rule the village as a chief later on. One day, Ashitaka's village was attacked by the god Tatari, who places a curse on his right arm and causes a bruise. The curse reacted to Ashitaka's feelings of hatred and spread throughout his body, eventually leading to his death.

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Live!!!

20s Female

Princess Mononoke is a blockbuster film that took Hayao Miyazaki 16 years to think of the concept and 3 years to produce. This is a film that appeals to the coexistence between nature and human beings and depicts the ugly conflicts between humans. However, Miyazaki says that the main reason he made this film is because "Japanese children have questions about why they have to live”.

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No. 4 Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

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Sheeta, a young girl on an airship, is being held captive by Colonel Muska of the government's special operations agency. They are after the mysterious "blue stone " that Sheeta inherited from her deceased mother. Then, the pirates Dola and her family attacked the airship. They are also after the blue stone. Theta accidentally falls off the airship while trying to escape. Pazu, who works as an apprentice mechanic in a mining town, finds Sheeta falling from the sky and saves her. Will they be able to escape from the enemy?

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Men's heart is shaken

20s Male

A castle in the sky, a beautiful girl falling from the sky, and Pazu who is after his father. There is no better scene than this.

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This work is full of romance

20s Male

This film has a rich story that packs a lot of content in a short amount of time. There is a good chemistry between the characters' personalities and the storyline.

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No. 5 The Witch's Delivery Service

Story

It's not easy to live as a witch. There is an old tradition that "a girl who decides to live as a witch should find a town where there are no witches on the night of the full moon when she is 13 years old”. Kiki, a young girl who lives with her father, a folklorist, and her mother, a witch, in a certain country town, is also about to leave her home to train as a witch.

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The Great Adventure of Kiki the Witch!

40s male

The Witch's Delivery Service is a story about the main character, Kiki, who travels to other towns and grows up to become a full-fledged witch. Kiki, the witch, is by no means good at magic. However, her ability to take action to make use of the magic she can do, which is flying to make delivery is really wonderful.

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This work makes me want to root for the main character Kiki

20s female

The Witch's Delivery Service offers many of Ghibli's unique scenery depictions. One of the highlights is that the bread in the bakery where Kiki lives looks very delicious.

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No. 6 Howl's Moving Castle.

Story

Sophie is just an ordinary girl working in an ordinary hat shop. One day, she was rescued by a young wizard named "Howl " when she was being tangled up with soldiers, but he was also being hunted. The same night that she and Howl parted, Sophie is transformed into a 90-year-old woman by the witch of the wasteland. She is the one who had been chasing Howl during the day. Unable to stay in her store, Sophie leaves town. There, she encounters a mysterious "moving castle ".

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Howl is too cool

20s Female

The wizard Howl is too cool. I'm always so excited to see him. Sophie is turned into an old lady by an evil wizard. I am so moved by the way she supports Howl without being deflected by magic.

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Sophie's straightforward love

20s Male

Sophie is cursed by a witch and becomes an old lady, but she is taught that age has nothing to do with loving someone. Sophie's straightforward heart moves the heart of Howl and the head of the army. This is a truly heartwarming film.

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No. 7 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Anime)

Story

A thousand years have passed since the Seven Days of Fire, which the Giant God Warrior burned everything and everyone on earth. The world is now covered with a miasma-emitting rotting sea and ceramics. Civilization has collapsed, and the surviving humans are threatened by the giant mutated bugs that live in the rotting sea and are on the verge of decline.The Valley of the Winds is a peaceful village where the wind blows from the Sea of Acid, and the people live peacefully without being invaded by the Sea of Rot. Nausicaa, the daughter of the chief, is a kind-hearted girl who can communicate with bugs by using a bug flute.

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The importance of living things

20s Female

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is quite thought-provoking. I watched it when I was a child, and I had the impression that the creatures that appeared in the movie were just scary. But when I watched it again as an adult, I had the following thought. This film teaches us the importance of coexistence between humans and living things. I also think that Nausicaa has the most powerful and dignified female beauty of any character in Ghibli.

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No. 8 Mimi wo Sumaseba: Whisper of the Heart

Story

Shizuku found the name "Seiji Amasawa " on the reading card of a book she borrowed from the library. The other books Shizuku borrowed also had the same name. Shizuku's various fantasies lead to "Seiji Amasawa " who reads the same book before her. Shizuku takes the train to the library as usual. Then a strange cat sits next to Shizuku. When the cat gets off the train, Shizuku feels that her story will begin if she follows the cat.

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It's nice to be young

30s Female.

Shizuku has to study because it's exam season, but her urge to do what she can only do now gets in the way. Such a scene reminded me of my childhood, which I had forgotten. At the end of the film, there is a scene where two people ride bicycles together to see the sunrise, and this is exactly what youth is all about. It makes me embarrassed to watch it.

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One of the best coming-of-age anime from Ghibli!

20s Female

If you want to watch a sweet and sour young adult story that will make your heart beat, "Mimi wo Sumaseba " is the one for you!

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No. 9 The Cat Returns

Story

A high school girl, Haru Yoshioka, sees a black cat almost hit by a truck on the road after school and saves it with her lacrosse racket. The cat that Haru saves is Lune, the prince of the cat kingdom. Haru is invited to the cat country as a thank you for saving him, but what waiting for her was unimaginable.

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Dedicate yourself to the world of cats

20s male

Animals are very important in Ghibli films. Be it raccoon dogs, dragons, or pigs, they always grab our hearts and never let go. However, the most wonderful of them all is the cats in "The Cat Returns ". The aloof, self-paced gestures unique to cats fascinate us, and the story captures the desires of animal lovers as well as cat lovers who want to peek into the world of cats with great precision. This work is full of empathy for anyone who has ever owned an animal.

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No. 10 The Red Pig: Porco Rosso

Story

There was a war going on in the Adriatic Sea in the late 1920s. It was not the "good old days " at all. The pilots had become air pirates and were on the rampage. Bounty hunters were making money by capturing air pirates. Porco Rosso (The Red Pig) was the most famous bounty hunter. He was an ace pilot in the Italian Air Force who cast a spell on himself and turned into a pig. The film's highlights include the women surrounding Porco, the gripping battle against the air pirates, the fatal rivalry from the U.S, and the flying romance that colors the entire film. Porco fights for his pride, money, and women.

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The pig is so manly despite being pig: Porco Rosso

40s Female

"Why are you a pig? Why are you a pig and everyone treats you like a normal person? That's not the point. This is a masterpiece that will make you say "Porco is so cool!”I also liked the other man, Curtis. He is certainly a man who picks up women without regard to who they are. However, he is sincere after hitting on a woman. I would have liked to have seen the story of him becoming president.

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This is hilarious!!!

20s Female

Porco Rosso is a funny and touching film and also defines the problem of wartime depression. In my opinion this is Hayao Miyazaki's best work.

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I am an old friend of Tsukachan, and I like blogs and online culture. As for anime, I like romantic comedies with lots of cute girls. I would like to share how amazing is Japanese anime through this blog.

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