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Posted: Oct 27, 2007 6:51 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
i love Studio Ghibli! Love but it's been a while since i watched any of their movies. after having seen Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) and some time later Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) i went on a Ghibli craze for a week and watched 6 of their movies. Tongue
Hotaru no Hake (Grave of the Fireflies) is without a doubt one of the saddest movies i've ever watched. but Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are still my favourites. the one i liked the least was probably Whisper of the Heart, it just seemed kinda bland to me.

i've watched (in order):
- Spirited Away
- Princess Mononoke
- Grave of the Fireflies
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Whisper of the Heart
- On Your Mark (music video, veoh)
- Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind
- Howl's Moving Castle

and i want to watch:
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky (got it somewhere on a dvd)
- The Cat Returns
- Porco Rosso
- Tales from Earthsea
Posted: Oct 27, 2007 9:42 pm Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 10 Oct 2007 Posts: 502
@mangomalte: thanks for the link to "on your mark"
i haven't that before. i'll watch it now.

I also think Goro did an excellent job with the animation in "Earthsea" from a purely artistic standpoint, and I also agree that the animation did not carry that feeling of physical and emotional realism of the worlds that Hayao was able to create.
Even though "Tales of Earthsea" involved traveling from region to region in the world of Earthsea, the world stil felt small and cramped, whereas in "Laputa: Castle in the Sky", the sense of movement and traveling to an entirely new world is very powerful, and in "Spirited Away", the feeling of helplessness within the world full of magic, danger, and excitement. Even thought the world in "Spirited Away" is actually rather small, Hayao made it feel gigantic. Even though the world in "Earthsea" was large, Goro did not do as good a job of making it feel expansive.
Still, I enjoyed watching "Tales of Earthsea". I also read the book called "Tales of Earthsea" from the series by Ursula K. LeGuin. Actually, that particular book in the Earthsea series is not the one that the movie is based on, but I actually like the book more. I think you might like it too. Maybe your local library or bookstore will have it? It's an easy read, because it's simply a collection of short stories set in the world of Earthsea. I recommend the story entitled "Diamond and Darkrose".
Posted: Oct 27, 2007 10:21 pm Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 27 Feb 2006 Posts: 844 Location: Canada
Somebody told me that the anime is kind of a mash up of two or more books that take place in the world of Earthsea. Oh! I think it was my sister; she recommended some of the books too. I should take your advice and pick it up.

Oh oh, I really recommend watching Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I'm an airship guy myself and they managed to make some of the coolest airships I've ever seen; and the characters that pilot them are awesome too. Definitely give that entire list of "want to watches" a chance; they're good ones.
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