Category: Anime

REVIEW: Tales From Earthsea (2006)

2006 brought the directorial debut of Gorô Miyazaki, son of revered animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Based on Earthsea, a high fantasy book series by Ursula K. Le Guin, Tales From Earthsea follows Prince Arren of Enlad and Sparrowhawk, the wizard. I’ve never seen this movie before, and the only k...

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REVIEW: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

I like most Studio Ghibli movies, but my absolute favorites have to be Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle. I reviewed the former a while back, and the latter is one of the main reasons I wanted to review Studio Ghibli’s output. Howl’s Moving Castle is based on a novel of the same name ...

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REVIEW: The Cat Returns (2002)

Note: I won’t be reviewing Spirited Away, but you can find Nick’s review here. When I watched some of the Studio Ghibli films back in high school, I remember really liking The Cat Returns. 1995’s Whisper of the Heart introduced a fan-favorite character in Cary Elwes’ Baron, a cat figurine wh...

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REVIEW: My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

NOTE: I will be skipping over Princess Mononoke in the Studio Ghibli line-up because I already have a review which you can find here. My Neighbors the Yamadas is an unusual film, both for Studio Ghibli and in general. Most of their movies tend to be either fantastical or mundane, exploring magical w...

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REVIEW: Whisper of the Heart (1995)

1995 saw the release of the first cinematic Studio Ghibli film not directed by either Isao Takahata or Hayao Miyazaki. Whisper of the Heart is more grounded and toned-down than many of the studio’s more famous efforts. The movie follows a young girl’s day-to-day life in a pretty honest, believab...

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REVIEW: Pom Poko (1994)

Released in 1994, Pom Poko is based on a true story of urban development in 1960s Japan. The film details how the destruction of sacred forests affected tanuki, or wild Japanese raccoon dogs. Like many of Isao Takahata’s films, Pom Poko presents its story without message or judgment, leaving t...

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