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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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    ★★★

  • Umma

    ★★

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    Watched during my Spring of Animation.

    While Castle in the Sky may have been the beginning for Studio Ghibli officially, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an honorary inclusion to the studio's catalogue, and a hell of an inclusion at that. Castle was charming, and I enjoyed it, but it didn't set me up with the expectation that this film would hit me so hard, even with its acclaimed reputation. There was a lot about that film that…

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★½

    Watched during my Spring of Animation.

    The one rewatch in the lineup of Ghibli films that I picked, but so much time has gone by that I remembered basically nothing anyway. It's a refreshing minimizing of scale; no impending war, or apocalyptic threats; just the simple difficulties of growing up, fitting in, finding your purpose, burning out, and the unique hardships of harnessing your creativity. How simple kindness and the acceptance of vulnerability can help us overcome these hardships, with…

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