My Neighbour Totoro

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

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I’m a reluctant member of the generation of Western cinephiles who have embraced Studio Ghibli’s exotic storytelling, characters, and fantasies. This reluctance in no way comes from the source material. It comes from not wanting to be misallocated to the kawaii Tumblr crowd who get the fucking Totoro tattooed on themselves because they’re just so unique. Continue reading “My Neighbour Totoro”

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

As Miyazaki’s second feature film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was made two years before Studio Ghibli opened its doors in 1986 – but in all likeliness, it’s this film that made such a move possible. We have a lot to thank Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind for. Continue reading “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”