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)

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)

Studio Ghibli: Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば)

Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば, Mimi o Sumaseba, lit. If you listen closely) is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Kondou Yoshifumi (近藤 喜文) and written by Miyazaki Hayao (宮﨑 駿) based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Hiiragi Aoi (柊 あおい). It was the first theatrical Studio Ghibli film to be … More Studio Ghibli: Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば)

Studio Ghibli: The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し)

The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し, Neko no Ongaeshi, lit. The Cat’s Repayment) is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Morita Hiroyuki (森田宏幸). A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば, Mimi wo Sumaseba, lit. If You Listen Closely), it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 through the Toho Company. It received an Excellence … More Studio Ghibli: The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し)