If you like anime, these 5 Studio Ghibli movies are a must

There are many anime movies that have become a must see in recent times. “Your name”, if you are looking for something recent. Or Akira, among the classics. But if we think of Japanese animated films, Studio Ghibli always comes to mind. From the eighties to today there are many feature films that have marked the history of cinema and here we compile 5 Studio Ghibli films that you should see now if you are a fan of cartoons, anime or cinema.

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by the famous Hayao Miyazaki together with Isao Takahata. However, Nausicaa del Valle del Viento was prior to this event, it became a success and allowed the starting signal for the Japanese animation studio that has left us so many works of art, one of the best in the world and with titles classics that we can now see again. Although there are many, and all available on Netflix, these five Studio Ghibli movies are essential if you don’t know where to start.

these 5 Studio Ghibli movies are a must

Princess Mononoke

If you haven’t seen a Ghibli movie in your life, starting with Princess Mononoke might be a good idea. One of the great classics and a brilliant story. Young Ashitaka has been attacked by a beast and is searching for a cure that only the Spirit of the Forest can give him. Ashitaka fights against the demon that is, little by little, taking his life but when he gets closer to Atara, he finds a situation in which the gods of the forest seek to preserve nature and a group of humans want to destroy it to get weapons. A clash between humans and nature in a fighting movie in which San, the princess of the forest also participates. Princess Mononoke. A film in which Miyazaki (as always) bets on giving power to the female characters and with a clear moral: you have to take care of nature.

Year : 1997

Duration : Two hours and 14 minutes

Theme : Adventure

Director : Hayao Miyazaki

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Mononoke - Studio Ghibli

Howl’s Moving Castle

One of the last to arrive is also one of the best Ghibli movies of all time. Sophie Hatter is the daughter of a hat with an ordinary life in which she does little more than spend time in the family workshop. But her life changes when a witch curses and puts a spell on her, turning her into an old woman. To try to return to normality and regain her youthful appearance, Sophie must accompany Howl the wizard in his moving castle until the spell is undone. He will have to accompany Howl, Markl and the adorable Calcifer, fire demon and power source of the traveling house. One of the last films directed by Hayao Miyazaki (later Ponyo and other titles would arrive…) and one of the best Ghibli films. A story of fantasy, of love, of friendship but also of adventure and fantasy.

Year : 2004

Duration : One hour and 59 minutes

Theme : Drama / Romance

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Age : Not recommended for children under 7 years of age

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El castillo ambulante - Mejores películas de Ghibli

Spirited Away

Chihiro is a ten-year-old girl who discovers an abandoned amusement park on her way to her new house with her parents. When it starts to get dark, everything becomes completely different and unreal. Their parents have stopped being their parents and have been turned into pigs for eating food that is not theirs. It is all full of fantastic creatures and there are only gods. Chihiro feels lonely and scared in a disturbing scenario full of details but she will get used to it and start working to “sneak between them”. Also there he will meet Haku and Yubaba. A mythical title, one of the most praised films by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, an essential available on Netflix from March 1, 2020 and for the whole family. Disturbing, fantastic, exciting, sentimental and that won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2002.

Year : 2001

Duration : Two hours and five minutes

Theme : Adventure / Drama

Director : Hayao Miyazaki

Age : For all audiences

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Chihiro - Mejores películas de Ghibli

Nausicaa of Valley of the Wind

The planet recovers after an apocalyptic nuclear war but humans do not live in the best conditions: a forest contaminated with gases or giant insects that humans see as dangerous enemies. In the Valley of the Wind they have a prophecy that a savior will arrive “dressed in blue who will walk on a field to unite the ties with the Earth and guide the people to purified lands.” It will be Nausicaa, the princess of the Valley of the Wind, pilot and warrior, who helps peace reign and everything returns to normal. Once again, Miyazaki opts for a powerful female character and for the defense of nature. Nausicaa was the beginning of everything, a film that was born before the founding of Studio Ghibli itself but whose box office success led to many more.

Year : 1984

Duration : One hour and 54 minutes

Theme : Adventure / Fantasy

Director : Hayao Miyazaki

Age : For ages 7+

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The fireflies’s grave

Grave of the Fireflies is one of the best Studio Ghibli movies on Netflix and also one of the most emotional you’ll ever see. It is the story of two orphaned children in Japan during World War II. Two children trying to survive while escaping from the war and fighting not to starve. A title that shows the consequences of the war and that will make us cry during its hour and a half duration. The grave of the fireflies, directed by Isao Tahata, is one of the essentials that you must see. Although sad, the story also shows us (as in other Ghibli stories) life from a child’s point of view and, above all, the loneliness from that child’s point of view of the two protagonists.

Year : 1988

Duration : One hour and 28 minutes

Theme : History / Emotional

Director: Isao Takahata

Age : For over 13 years

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