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Miyazaki's Spirited Away

I have a passion for games which are styled as a Japanese animation. Titles that come to mind are games such as "Eternal Sonata", "Valkyria Chronicles", "Persona 4", "Blue Dragon" and many more. For the longest of times I've wanted to see a game which features the art, style and atmosphere of Miyazaki.

One of the first Japanese animated movies I ever saw was Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki, this must have been somewhere back in 2002. Needless to say, it made a very big impression on me and quickly became one of my favorite movies of all time. A few weeks ago I began ordering the entire Studio Ghibli collection on DVD, as several of the Ghibli movies actually belong to being my favorites. With the inclusion of bonus features such as interviews with the charming Hayao Miyazaki himself and with insight and development footage of these masterpieces, its definitely been worth the purchase. Now that I’ve been watching through the entire collection again, last weekend it was finally time for Miyazaki’s Spirited Away once again.

I can honestly say that I still enjoyed every single minute of it. From story to animation, characters to voice acting and with a beautiful soundtrack; everything was perfect. Have you seen this movie before?

Another big favorite of mine is Miyazaki’s Whisper of The Heart. While its not nearly as popular as Spirited Away, Whisper of The Heart delivers the same depth and story as one would expect from a Ghibli movie. Somehow I feel that I can relate to the main character in many ways as well. Perhaps that’s the reason why I really love this movie, while others don’t care for it so much? Je ne sais pas.

The entire Studio Ghibli Collection currently consists out of 15 movies, and while some of them might not be perfect, all of them are still very enjoyable to watch. Studio Ghibli is often referred to as the Disney of the East after all. So what are you waiting for? Go buy them already!

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