What is happening people!
Today I wanted to bring you a light hearted discussion around the recent edition to Netflix. In the last few weeks, since gaining the rights to the Studio Ghibli films, Netflix has been adding the films, the first batch of 7 on Feb 1st and the second batch on March 1 with the final lot being released April 1. A delight to many who, like me, are now able to enjoy the films without subtitles or poor dubbing. All films across the globe and across Netflix are being altered to fit the language and country accordingly.
I have never watched any of these movies before so it was nice to be able to dive straight in thanks to Netflix. So first up I watched “My Neighbour Totoro”, about two young girls and their adventures with the wood spirits including Totoro himself. Watching this movie made me feel very wholesome. It’s a pleasant watch but both the design, story and intimate detailing of the characters all come together to tell a perfect wholesome tale.
Of course, with a blog post like this, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include the ever so popular, Spirited Away. This movie is about a young girl named Chihiro and her parents who are moving house. On the way to their new house they take a shortcut and their entire world changes as they discover the spirit world. Chihiro needs to save her parents from the spirit world, along with twists and UNBELIEVABLE turns in her way (legit I spent this entire movie just gobsmacked at all the crazy events) It was a fantastic movie to watch. Theres alot going on, but its also a very easy movie to watch and I can see why this has been considered one of the best animated movies out there. Do yourself a favour and if you haven’t watched it, DOOOO ITT.
One final film I watched was Whisper of the Heart. I think out of all the films I have watched from Studio Ghibli, this is my favourite. It is about Shizuku Tsukishima who is a 14-year-old student at Mukaihara Junior High School, set in Tokyo. Shizuku is a made book lover and discovers the all the books she takes out have previously been checked out by another guy. They meet and their story begins there. This movie carries so much emotion behind it and I love the use of the song Country Roads. I can imagine that watching this as a child you would portray the movie totally different, but now as I watch it I understand the trouble and emotions that lead, from living in cramped conditions, to boys to looking after the elderly. It’s a fantastic story and one that everyone deserves to see.
What would you reccomend from Studio Ghibli?
Lots of love,