Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ, Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, lit. “Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War Ponpoko”) is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, written and directed by Takahata Isao and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are portrayed as a highly sociable, mischievous species, which are able to use “illusion science” … More Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Anime: Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロン)

Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロンSakamichi no Aporon, lit. “Apollo on the Slope”) is a Japanese manga series by Kodama Yuki. An anime television series adaptation of the same name aired in 2012, directed by Watanabe Shinichirō. The beginning of summer, 1966; because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Nishimi Kaoru moves by … More Anime: Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロン)

Studio Ghibli: My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

My Neighbors the Yamadas(ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん, Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by  Takahata Isao (高畑 勲) and produced by Studio Ghibli. Unlike the other films of Studio Ghibli, the film is presented in a stylized comic strip aesthetic, a departure from the traditional anime style of the studio’s other … More Studio Ghibli: My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli, co-written and directed by Takahata Isao (高畑 勲) A bamboo cutter named Sanuki no Miyatsuko discovers a miniature girl inside a glowing bamboo shoot. Believing her to be a divine presence, he and his wife decide to raise her as their own, … More Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

Studio Ghibli: When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー, Omoide no Ma-ni-, lit. Memories of Marnie) is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa (米林 宏昌), produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It was the final film for Studio Ghibli, before they announced that its division took … More Studio Ghibli: When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)