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13 Must-Watch Japanese Animated Films That’ll Be Worth Your Time!

There are so many beautiful things in this world that must be experienced and cherished but nowadays, while we all have gotten busy living a fast lifestyle, we ABSOLUTELY have no time for ourselves and to experience the true essence of life. We aren’t able to devote time to our loved ones. In fact, we find no time to sit patiently and give our mind some rest. All of us are busy trying to prove ourselves better and being a part of this rat-race. But, there are people who not only choose to live a peaceful life but also spread happiness in various ways.

Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation film company founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, who are the chief writers as well as directors of almost every Ghibli movie, have portrayed the importance of human values and the strong bond between people on a day-to-day basis with the light-hearted, fun twist of adventure and mystery in every film of theirs.

Here are some of their beautiful films that are a must watch according to me:


Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)

The story is about Nausicaä, a young princess of the Valley of the Wind who gets involved in a struggle with Tolmekia, another kingdom that tries to use ancient weapons to eradicate a jungle of mutant giant insects.


My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

The story is about of two siblings exploring the new place they’ve recently moved to and discover a giant creature- Totoro and their fabulous adventures further.


Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies is a war drama based on a semi autobiographical short story of the same title by author, Akiyuki Nosaka.


Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

The film tells the story of a young witch, Kiki, who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living.


Porco Rosso (1992)

Porco Rosso (Crimson Pig) revolves around an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter, but an unusual curse turns him into a pig with human tendencies.


Whisper Of The Heart (1995)

This story revolves around two characters and the bond between them.


Princess Mononoke (1997)

The story follows the young Emishi warrior Ashitaka’s involvement in a struggle between forest gods and the humans who consume its resources.


Spirited Away (2001)

The story is about ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents who are traveling to their new home, when her father takes a wrong turn and encounters an abandoned amusement park that he insists on exploring and lands Chihiro into trouble.

None the less, the story tells you about her adventures in the mystery world.


The Cat Returns (2002)

The Cat Returns is based on one of the characters from Whisper of the Heart. The story is about a little girl, Haru, who accidentally ends up discovering the kingdom of cats.


Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Sophie, the eighteen-year-old hatter, encounters a mysterious and powerful wizard named Howl on her way to visit her sister Lettie, and there begin the adventures.


Secret World Of Arrietty (2010)

The story is about a four-inch-tall family who anonymously live in the house of another family, borrowing simple items to make a living. The plot takes a different turn when their daughter, Arrietty is discovered.


From Up On Poppy Hill (2011)

A group of teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball, to prepare for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.


The Wind Rises (2013)

This film is a tribute to Jiro Horikoshi, chief engineer of many Japanese fighter planes with a beautiful tale about a relationship between him and his wife.

Yes, all of these films are dubbed in English too! You’re definitely going to be in tears of joy by the end of each one of them.

Are you a fan of such themes too? Let me know in the comments below!

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