Anime is my favorite. As a anime fans, Studio Ghibli is one of the best anime studios in the world. There are several maestros in this studio such as Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Yoshifumi Kondo, and Goro Miyazaki. The profile can be viewed in:
Their masterpieces include:
|Film||Original release date||Director|
|Laputa: Castle in the Sky||August 2, 1986||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Grave of the Fireflies (shown alongside My Neighbor Totoro)||April 16, 1988||Isao Takahata|
|My Neighbor Totoro (shown alongside Grave of the Fireflies)||April 16, 1988||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Kiki’s Delivery Service||July 29, 1989||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Only Yesterday||July 20, 1991||Isao Takahata|
|Porco Rosso||July 18, 1992||Hayao Miyazaki|
|I Can Hear the Sea (also known as Ocean Waves)||May 5, 1993||Tomomi Mochizuki|
|Pom Poko||July 16, 1994||Isao Takahata|
|Whisper of the Heart||July 15, 1995||Yoshifumi Kondo|
|Princess Mononoke||July 12, 1997||Hayao Miyazaki|
|My Neighbors the Yamadas||July 17, 1999||Isao Takahata|
|Ritual (live-action film produced by Studio Ghibli’s live-action offshoot, Studio Kajino)||December 7, 2000||Hideaki Anno|
|Spirited Away||July 27, 2001||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Ghiblies Episode 2 (shown alongside The Cat Returns)||July 20, 2002||Yoshiyuki Momose|
|The Cat Returns (shown alongside Ghiblies Episode 2)||July 20, 2002||Hiroyuki Morita|
|Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (co-production between Studio Ghibli and Production I.G)||March 6, 2004||Mamoru Oshii|
|Howl’s Moving Castle||November 20, 2004||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Tales from Earthsea||July 29, 2006||Gorō Miyazaki|
|Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea||July 19, 2008||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Untitled Yoshiyuki Momose Film||2009 or 2010||Yoshiyuki Momose|
|Unnamed Isao Takahata Film||2009 or 2010||Isao Takahata|
|Unnamed Gorō Miyazaki Film||TBA||Gorō Miyazaki|
There many reasons that make his anime are generally better than the others.
Unlike Hollywood’s CGI generated animations, Studio Ghibli’s works are drawn by hand. Dozens of artists worked night and day to produce such arts that filled with human touch. Watching their anime is like seeing a series of beautiful paintings that tell you the stories behind them.
The stories are so deeply touch the audiences, including me. Grave of the Fireflies is very sad tragedy which I could not hold my tears. Totoro is very fun, cute, and sweet. The Oscar winner Spirited Away is mystique and elegant. The Oscar nominee Howl Moving Castle is romantic. Laputa and Nausicaa are beautiful even they were produced in 1980s. And don’t forget the majectic Princess Mononoke. Their version on the Tales of the Earthsea that based on a novel by Ursula K. Le Guin is better than the Hollywood live action version. The other masterpieces have their own beauty too.
In addition, the soundtracks by the composer Joe Hisaishi are nice and elegant. No anime apart from Gundam series that has so many good soundtracks.
So, I can only say that you are not a real anime fans if you never watch at least one of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces.