Last night I saw Tales from Earthsea for the firs time. Fantastic film and visually it has got to be one of the most beautifully drawn and animated Studio Ghibli films. It’s a bit slow though, it takes a while for things to really get going. But that third act is incredible and depressing. Tales from Earthsea is perhaps the most mature Ghibli film I’ve seen and its theme about coming to terms with mortality resonated with the current state of Studio Ghibli. Even though the Studio is somewhat being saved, it most likely won’t be what it once was. I always find it sad how a Studio dedicated to making unique, significant and amazing animated films that most of us love, has been at a state of limbo for some time and death keeps knocking on the door. We’ll see what the future holds for Ghibli, but we still have this big selection of worthy films to see and experience if you haven’t already. Tales from Earthsea was a pleasant surprise and it affected me emotionally in a way I didn’t expect. Death is a frightening thing and there’s a sea of shit all around us, but it’s all these challenging and grim things that give value to life. Go watch Tales from Earthsea, it’s the most thought-provoking Ghibli film I’ve seen thus far. Now onto My Neighbors the Yamadas and The Wind Rises.
Even though I wanted to buy ALL the Studio Ghibli soundtracks now available in iTunes, I ended up buying the two essentials. Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle are my absolute two favourite Ghibli films, and in true Ghibli fashion both their soundtracks are majestic. They’ve been on repeat all day.
ハウルの動く城 Howl’s Moving Castle, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (2004).
The story of Berserk deserved a better trilogy of films, but at least from second on the films were visually arresting.
Animation layouts and their corresponding scenes from the The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ).