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The blob stuff was also used in Spirited Away.
The blob stuff goes back to artistic representations from previous era, too. Look at the nuppeppō yokai, for instance.
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Porco Rosso: I like this one. Not sure why it was made or how it works, but it does...start with a bunch of Miyazaki's favorite things (airplanes, especially Italian ones), the sea, fantasy relationships, a fantasy version of Europe, then throw in some funny and over-the-top characters, and blend them all up.
This. I can't say it's my favorite Ghibli -- that would be like trying to select your favorite child -- but when I run into someone who knows nothing about anime it's the one I pull out because the plot is a little more linear for our western tastes.

Also, fantastic aeroplanes.
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I have not seen all of them--especially the later ones, but I'll at least list my top five:

Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle
My Neighbor Totoro
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind


Also really enjoyed Kiki's Delivery Service, and Grave of the Fireflies is among the best but it's so sad I have a hard time calling it a favorite.

I haven't disliked any that I've seen, but I would say The Cat Returns and Porco Rosso have 'grabbed' me the least.

I am SO looking forward to the launch of HBO MAX in a few months because they are supposed to have all the Studio Ghibli movies available to stream, so I'll be able to fill the gaps on my list.
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I don't think a couple who canonically end up married with a kid can really be consider "shipped" in media produced after said marriage is already written.
Shall I just call them "People who only thought Howl and Sophie were really cute together" then?
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That works. Especially in a non-fandom context where some people have no idea what "shipped" even means.

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I am SO looking forward to the launch of HBO MAX in a few months because they are supposed to have all the Studio Ghibli movies available to stream, so I'll be able to fill the gaps on my list.
We get most of them (21 movies) on Netflix. Well, will get, the first third was released this month, and by April they'll all be there.
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They're not on Netflix in the US, unfortunately. But I already do HBO as well, so I won't have to add a new subscription to see them, once HBO MAX starts up.

I've started listening to a podcast called Ghibliotheque. They devote an episode to each film, and they give some background about the studio and the production of the films.
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An aside for Nausicaa, the manga/comic is superb. The movie only covers the first third or so of the whole story and I think is even better when having the context of the whole saga. Miyazaki wrote and illustrated it, highly recommended reading.
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Miyazaki didn't finish the Nausicaa manga until until 1994, ten years after the movie was released. It also wasn't serialized in a regular manga magazine like Shonen Jump. It appeared in the pages of Animage, a magazine about anime and the animation industry. Like many "regular" magazines in Japan, it had one or two serialized manga in its back pages. Toshio Suzuki, later producer and general manager at Studio Ghibli, was one of the editors at Animage at the time and recruited Miyazaki to do a manga for the magazine. Nausicaa was launched under the assumption that it would not be made into movie, as making an animated movie NOT based on a well-known established manga was considered a risky business proposition at that time. However, the manga was so well-received that the decision was made to go forward with a movie.
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Combining the preferences of the twelve posters who expressed some, our collective ranking is
01. Spirited Away
02. Princess Mononoke
03. My Neighbor Totoro
04. Howl’s Moving Castle
05. Kiki’s Delivery Service
06. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
07. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
08. Ponyo
09. Grave of the Fireflies
10. Porco Rosso
11. The Wind Rises
12. Whisper of the Heart
13. The Cat Returns
14. Arrietty
15. Pom Poko
16. Only Yesterday
17. Tales from Earthsea
18. When Marnie Was There
19. Future Boy Conan
20. Sherlock Hound, The White Cliffs of Dover
21. From Up on Poppy Hill
22. My Neighbours the Yamadas
A few of those not only aren't Studio Ghibli, but are also TV series, or even specific episodes of TV series.

Ghibli actually co-produced one animated TV series. Ronja, The Robber's Daughter was directed by Goro Miyazaki and released a few years ago. It was streaming on Amazon Prime last year (which is where I saw it), but I'm not sure if it's there now.
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A bump for anyone interested in buying soundtrack sound tracks from Ghibli movies.
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