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)

Anime: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女, Toki o Kakeru Shōjo, lit. The Girl you controls time) is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film directed by Hosoda Mamoru (細田 守) and written by Okudera Satoko (奥寺 佐渡子). The film shares the basic premise of a young girl, Konno Makoto, who gains the power of time travel, fact that she learns … More Anime: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女)

Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

Porco Rosso (紅の豚 Kurenai no Buta, lit. Crimson Pig) is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿). It is based on Hikoutei Jidai (飛行艇時代), a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices of Moriyama Shuuichirou, Katou Tokiko, Okamura Akemi and Ootsuka Akio. Suzuki Toshio produced the … More Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (崖の上のポニョ)

Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ Gake no Ue no Ponyo, literally “Ponyo on the Cliff”), initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is Miyazaki’s eighth film for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. The … More Studio Ghibli: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (崖の上のポニョ)