(Studio Ghibli movies) Silence encompasses your soul in a peaceful childlike manner. The flaws of life seem as relevant as the perfect parts of life do. You feel overwhelmed by what you see and in turn feel – a different kind of connection that you might never have felt before while watching a movie. This is the kind of effect most of the Studio Ghibli movies might have on you.

As all the frequent watchers of Studio Ghibli movies might know, Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio. It is best known for its anime feature films. Almost all Studio Ghibli movies are like a breath of fresh air. They are simple yet complex at the same time.

So, here is a list of the top 5 Studio Ghibli movies:

#1 My Neighbor Totoro

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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1988 the movie is about two sisters who move to the countryside with their father. The movie is about the adventures the two sisters have on befriending a forest spirit.

A beautifully animated movie, My Neighbor Totoro reminds one of their childhood. Therefore, the movie will not fail to bring a smile on anyone’s face and is a must watch.

#2 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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Isao Takahata directed the movie in 2013. The folktale ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’ forms the basis of this movie. A bamboo cutter and his wife find a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. The girl rapidly grows into a beautiful lady. However, there is a mystery about her that is yet to be uncovered.

The beautifully animated film employs traditional means of animation through watercolors. Furthermore, the movie showcases the restrictions imposed upon a girl to achieve a certain status in society. It shows how a girl is confined to certain norms of the society. Most of all the movies show the importance of individuality and uniqueness, love and affection and lasting friendships.

#3 Princess Mononoke

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Hayao Miyazaki directed the movie in 1997. Prince Ashitaka is on a quest to find a cure for a deadly curse on him when he encounters an industrial colony which has waged a war against the forest. The forest gods including Mononoke Hime, raised by the wolf god try to protect the depleting forest. Ashitaka stuck between the two sides tries to pacify the war.

The movie is a deep reflection of the condition of the present day society. A socially apt film, it correctly portrays the misuse of forest resources by humans nowadays and the kind of effect it might have. Consequently, it is an eye opener.

#4 Grave of the Fireflies

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A heart-breaking saga about a boy and his sister who have to survive on their own during World War II. The movie portrays the unique emotional bond between Seita and Satsuko. It manages to convey the hardships faced by the victims of war.

Seita’s will to overcome all odds and Satsuka’s cuteness will leave everyone who watches the movie speechless. The movie not only brings forth how cruel life can be but also leaves one crying by the end. The movie is full of beautifully animated scenes and is considered to be one of the best movies directed by Isao Takahata.

#5 Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1989, the movie is about a young girl’s journey of self-discovery as a witch. Kiki is a headstrong and imaginative witch who is accompanied by her talking cat Jiji. She leaves her town to move to a new place to discover her place as a witch in the world. However, she faces a ton of problems in her way which she manages to solve in a quirky manner.

The entertaining film conveys the meaning of individuality and how everyone is unique in their own way.  A must watch for anyone who is disappointed with their life. Kiki’s Delivery Service will not only bring a smile to their face but also show how every problem has a solution.

Additionally, apart from the mentioned movies, some other noteworthy Studio Ghibli movies include Ponyo, Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, Only Yesterday and Castle in the Sky.

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