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10 Miyazaki Films You Should Watch At Least Once In Your Life

10 Miyazaki Films You Should Watch At Least Once In Your Life
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Nippon’s Studio Ghibli is beloved the world over for producing extraordinary animated films. They have captivated tens of millions of people, inspired imaginations, won Oscars, and yet at the heart of the majority of their catalogue is one man – the legendary Hayao Miyazaki.

Miyazaki films are special as he wrote, directed, and even helped animate many of them during a career spanning over 30 years. As a result, they have his distinctive touch throughout; his merger of compelling plots, endearing characters, breathtaking animation, and a sense of imagination places him on a creative genius level. He has now, unfortunately, retired (although he’s currently designing a nature park for children) and Studio Ghibli will forge on without him, but his legacy will ensure the animation specialists continue to thrive.

For fans of the films, people who haven’t heard of Studio Ghibli, or parents looking to inspire their children, the following are 10 of Miyazaki’s finest feature films. If beautifully hand drawn, fantastical, and dramatic stories are your thing, then Miyazaki has provided works which will leave an impression on you for years to come.

1. Princess Mononoke to Get Started

Princess Mononoke

    This is arguably Miyazaki’s outright masterpiece, so it’s a great place to start! Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke is a a beautiful and sweeping classic. During its complex plot, protagonist Ashitaka becomes fatally cursed, and ventures into the wider world to find help. Ultimately, he gets drawn into something far more dramatic in a sprawling adventure. Miyazaki plays on Japanese folklore throughout, with several memorable scenes involving kodama (tree spirits).

    2. Spirited Away  to Focus on Themes of Love and Loss

    Spirited Away

      This Oscar winner really woke Western moviegoers up to the spectacular nature of Miyazaki’s films. Written and directed by the great man, it centres around schoolgirl Chihiro Ogini as she’s transported to a bathhouse in the spirit world. An astonishing work of the imagination, its themes of love, loss, solitude, and maturity make it vital viewing for all ages.

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      3. Howl’s Moving Castle for Its Masterful Writing

      Howl's Moving Castle

        Adapted from Dianna Wynne Jones’ novel, Miyazaki displayed his mastery again by writing the screenplay, and directing, this epic. When young Sophie is transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste, she is left to search for a possible solution to her dilemma. This leads her to a spectacular castle owned by the enigmatic Howl, and her adventure begins. It’s a wonderfully animated and, as always, charming film crammed full of imagination, humour, and drama.

        4. Ponyo for Children

        Ponyo

          Arguably Miyazaki’s most environmentally conscious film. Ponyo centres on the life of the eponymous central character, a goldfish princess, finds herself taking on human characteristics as she strikes up an unusual friendship with a young boy. Ponyo boasts some of Miyazaki’s most vivid and exhilarating scenes, and is particularly well suited for children.

          5. Porco Rosso for Being a Classic

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          Porco Rosso

            This unusually titled, often forgotten classic from 1992 may be hidden behind Miyazaki’s grander efforts, but it’s still a fantastic film. The eponymous character, who has somehow been mysteriously turned into a pig during World War I, is a flying ace who dares to challenge sky pirates who are besieging a local community. Once more, Miyazaki’s fascination with flight takes center stage.

            6. Castle in the Sky for Being the First Studio Ghibli Film

            Laputa Castle in the Sky

              This is, officially, Studio Ghibli’s first film – Miyazaki put his abilities to the test with a spectacular start for the company! Castle in the Sky is about two orphans searching for treasure in Laputa, a legendary floating city. Released in 1986, and in typical style written and directed by Miyazaki, it set the scene for what was to come.

              7. My Neighbour Totoro for All Ages

              My Neighbour Totoro

                Another fine example of how Miyazaki could craft a film to be accessible for all ages. My Neighbour Totoro was written and directed by Miyazaki, and launched in 1988. It’s essentially a simple tale of two schoolgirls in rural Nippon who interact with local friendly woodland spirits. The now iconic Totoro (a large, lethargic cat creature) adorns Studio Ghibli’s logo, and has been something of a cultural phenomenon.

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                8. The Wind Rises for Adventure

                The Wind Rises

                  Hayao Miyazaki’s final film. The Wind Rises (2013) focuses heavily on his fascination with flying, and is one of the more poignant stories from his catalog. It features many of his familiar tropes (love, life, aviation, youth, ageing, the environment) but is typically crammed full of humor and is an absolute joy to watch.

                  9. Kiki’s Delivery Service for a Cool Cat

                  Kiki's Delivery Service

                    One of the lesser known Miyazaki films as it has been dwarfed by his more dramatic efforts. Adapted from Eiko Kadono’s novel, it follows the exploits of a young witch called Kiki. She essentially comes of age after moving to a new town, accompanied by Jiji the talking cat (who is, quite possibly, the coolest cat in movie history). It’s for all ages, but children should particularly love it.

                    10. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind for Its Polish

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                    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

                      Based on Miyazaki’s manga from 1982, he adapted the plot for the big screen and directed it for a 1984 release. Studio Ghibli hadn’t been founded by this point, but the film can be considered canon. Even in 1984 his work was highly polished, and this sprawling tale about Nausicaä, a young princess, who battles to restore order to her land, is riveting.

                      And Finally…

                      The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki

                        Whilst he may have retired, the special edition Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki gathers together his work (obviously!) into one fantastic set. If you’re a Studio Ghibli super fan, this fitting tribute to Miyazaki’s creative input is a must.

                        Featured photo credit: Studio Ghibli via ghibli.jp

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                        Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                        Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                        By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                        Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                        83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                          84 write random letter

                            85 use a rubberband

                              86 dorm smell bad

                                87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                  89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                    90 take a picture of the name card

                                      91 iron inside out

                                        92 old newspaper

                                          93 tumble try shoes

                                            keep a card like this

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                                                94 soap bar

                                                  95 make a hole

                                                    96 drop the battery

                                                      97 use a coozie

                                                        98 when taking a picture

                                                          use a clean dust pan

                                                            try a pants hanger

                                                              use your cellphone light

                                                                use a spring from an old pen

                                                                  quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                    user binder clips

                                                                      wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                        put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                          clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                            use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                              doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                  use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                    freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                      use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                        almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                          sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                            unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                              cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                  turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                    for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                      how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                        tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                          place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                            ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                              use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                  how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                    put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                      How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                        user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                          good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                            turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                              50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                  add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                      hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                        stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                          the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                            how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                              the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                  to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                    user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                      a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                        rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                          use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                            50

                                                                                                                                                              51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                  rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                    kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                      use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                        58

                                                                                                                                                                          59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                            60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                              hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                  hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                    use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                      if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                        keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                            drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                              use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                  do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                    when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                        put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                          75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                              pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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