This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the incredible, beautiful masterpiece My Neighbour Totoro(1988), so we decided to look back at the incredible world of Studio Ghibli and with the help of our wonderful Twitter fans we cast our votes. Who will take the top spot? We’ll find out soon enough!
So wading in at number 5- It’s a JOINT 5th place for Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Princess Mononoke (1997)
Howl’s Moving Castle
(my personal #1)- In a world of high fashion and high society, quiet Sophie is a rare find. She is cursed by a spiteful witch to take the form of an old lady and the only chance to break the spell is to seek out the infamous Howl and his moving castle.
Our hero Ashitaka is cursed by a powerful vengeful spirit bringing death and destruction in retaliation to the destruction of the forests. On his journey he finds himself in the middle of this war between the forest golds and mining colony, but also meets San, the Mononoke Princess.
Sauntering in at number 4- Nausicaa of the valley of the wind (1984)
An apocalyptic conflict has devastated much of the world’s ecosystem, the few surviving humans live in what has become a “toxic jungle.” Under the guidance of the pensive veteran warrior, Lord Yupa, Nausicaä works to bring peace back to the ravaged planet.
Sliding into number 3- Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
A young witch and her delightful cat companion Jiji inkeeping with traditions leave home and head of in search of a new City in which to spend a year. Kiki struggles to find her place in the big city at first but soon finds her feet setting up her delivery service.
Smashing into number 2- Spirited Away(2001)
During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Taking the crown at number 1- My Neighbor Totoro(1988)
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
Recommended if you enjoyed: Any of the above films!
It is no surprise that Totoro came in first place, it is an iconic film that has been referenced many times within popular culture and has so much to offer to the viewer no matter their age, gender or background!
So there is our list as chosen by our friends over on Twitter! What are YOUR thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know!