Studio Ghibli #17: Arrietty (2010)

I’ve cheated a little bit with Arriety…. in the sense that so far I’ve been watching or rewatching all of these Ghibli films in their original Japanese audio with subtitles. But for Arriety, despite it being a completely new first watch for me, I chose to watch the English dub due to the sheer talentContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #17: Arrietty (2010)”

Studio Ghibli #16: Ponyo (2008)

As I sat down to watch this film, I checked the handy list of Studio Ghibli films I made in order to keep track of their release order and came to the realisation that this is the second-to-last Hayao Miyazaki film left to watch. Before starting this journey through Studio Ghibli’s filmography I had alreadyContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #16: Ponyo (2008)”

Soul (2020), Pixar’s Delightful Return to Form

Disney sucks. Let’s not split hairs. In my opinion their Studio-produced, profit focused approach to filmmaking is creating a creative stranglehold that can be most prominently seen in their approach to Superhero blockbusters, but has also reared its ugly head in the rest of their creative outlets. But despite this, there has always been aContinue reading “Soul (2020), Pixar’s Delightful Return to Form”

Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Satoshi Kon’s Christmas Masterpiece

Satoshi Kon is one of the most recognisable directors within the animation medium. He is often regarded as one of the greatest directors to work within animation and any list of great animated/anime movies would be incomplete without the inclusion of at least one of his four feature films. If you weren’t already aware KonContinue reading “Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Satoshi Kon’s Christmas Masterpiece”

Studio Ghibli #15: Tales From Earthsea (2006)

We’ve all seen the clip….. We all know what I’m going to have to talk about….. Okay, here goes; Today I’m writing about Gorō Miyazaki’s debut feature film, Tales From Earthsea, a film that is generally regarded as one of the weaker Ghibli films, and there’s even (and here is where the clip comes in)Continue reading “Studio Ghibli #15: Tales From Earthsea (2006)”

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Traditional Gothic meets Cyberpunk Anime

Continuing my Halloween content for this column, this week I’m tackling one of the most famous animated horror films; Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Based off of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s long-running novel series Vampire Hunter D, first published in 1983, the series now has 31 novels comprising 44 volumes. The series has seen multiple adaptations over theContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Traditional Gothic meets Cyberpunk Anime”

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015), a Tremendously Overlooked Masterpiece

It should be obvious by now that I am a big fan of animation, but what may not come across as clearly is my love of horror as well. So in the run-up to Halloween, the spookiest time of the year, I knew I was going to have to put the Studio Ghibli series onContinue reading “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015), a Tremendously Overlooked Masterpiece”

Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Following the success of his previous film, Miyazaki eyed up Diana Wynne Jones’s novel; Howl’s Moving Castle, as his next directorial effort after Mamoru Hosada, the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, left the project after creative differences with the Studio Ghibli executives. Howl’s Moving Castle has become one ofContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)”

Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)

I really didn’t know what to expect when I watched The Cat Returns; all I knew about it was that it was a fantasy-focused spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, which already seemed weird due to how grounded Whisper of the Heart, mostly, is. Also I knew that the film was the sole Ghibli filmContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)”

Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)

Whether you’re an anime fan or not, chances are one of the few titles you’d recognise regardless is Spirited Away. Often referred to as Miyazaki’s magnum opus, Spirited Away is both a labour of love and the culmination of the gradual advancements in animation we’ve seen throughout Miyazaki’s career. The impact and reach that thisContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)”