The Genius of Studio Ghibli

“I’ve become sceptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and a girl appear in the same feature, romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live – if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying to a true expression of love.”

– Hayao Miyazaki

Thank you, someone, for understanding that romance isn’t everything. The girl doesn’t always have to kiss the boy at the end. There are other ways in which people love.

Although there are many Studio Ghibli films I could pick on here to give you an example – Hayao Miyazaki, whom I quoted above, co-founded the company – I am going to pick on Spirited Away. Because I love this film. It’s a masterpiece.SpiritedAway1

I recently re-watched it, and whilst I liked it before, this time I fell in love. If it were a book, I would be crying over the beauty of the writing. The storyline. The characters. The mystery and the questions and the ideas. Chihiro’s relationship with Haku. It’s beautiful, despite their differences. It’s stunning. It’s heartbreaking. It’s inspiring.

I couldn’t find you enough superlatives to describe how I feel about this film. For me, it is very, very close to perfection. It’s not something you fangirl over. It’s something you bow down to in your own insignificance. It’s something you stand in awe of. As I said before, it’s a masterpiece.

Chihiro and Haku

Now, when I sat down at the computer this morning I didn’t really intend to write what it seems I have written. I was attempting to write something profound and maybe a little ranty about romance in films and books. However, the keyboard was simply adamant not to take me there, so instead you have 200 words detailing the amazingness of Spirited Away. It won’t be amazing for everyone, but it was amazing for me.

Do you have a book, film, song or something else that you think is really, really, inspiring? And…does your keyboard ever take you places you don’t intend to go?

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