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Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:16 pm
by can-
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ashitaka thread

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:27 am
by starfox64
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Princess Mononoke was the second DVD I ever bought, back in 7th grade, when I thought collecting dvds was cool (thanks, IGN!).

Spirited Away is a superior movie, though.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:33 am
by can-
u cray. spirited away is not a third the movie princess mononoke is

mononoke a fully established narrative that covers greed, love, environmentalism, value

spirited away is a movie about losing track of your parents in disneyworld when ur little

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:37 am
by can-
Young man, like you I know what rage feels like, and grief and helplessness

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:52 am
by can-
eat da human


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Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:29 am
by bels
Been a long time but I recall liking spirited away more than Mononoke too. Mononke's adherence to a more normal narrative, and nature vs humans theme felt like a really good Disney film to me. But Spirited Away felt like something totally different.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:16 am
by starfox64
Mononoke also basically shares a plot/themes with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Though I suppose to a certain extent all Miyazaki films address environmentalism to one degree or another (Spirited Away certainly does, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle to an extent, etc.).

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:22 am
by schiaparelli
i loved princess mononoke, but spirited away is the kind of thing that shaped my dreams. i loved it because it was very fuzzily dreamlike and fairytale-like and a lot of explanations for what was going on seemed just a little bit out of reach. hard to describe, but it was kind of like you made a promise with the plot to take some of the little strange things on faith and in return it let you enter this dreamlike state of discovery.

imo it was a much cooler setting because of all the inexplicable weird spirit world bits, and a lot of the scenery was just really beautiful. the train? in the water? easily one of the most beautiful images i've ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:52 am
by charybdis
I haven't watched princess mononoke but I loved Spirited Away because it scared the shit out of me as a kid and I guess really tapped into a child's thoughts and fears along with being really beautiful, etc like Schia said.

I will admit that the ending was a bit weak IMO. I thought the twins thing was contrived and it was sort of like "whoops, gotta tie everything up."

Am I the only one who really liked Howl's Moving Castle? I thought the book had a better narrative, but that movie turned two old ladies climbing stairs into the greatest action scene ever.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:06 pm
by hooplah
i loved howl's moving castle

the story is a bit jumbled but it's so fucking beautiful

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:26 pm
by Iliam
Whisper Of The Heart is a great Ghibli movie that no one seems to talk about but that everyone should ~legally~ download and watch. Because it takes place in 'real world' Tokyo, it's not as magical as the standard Ghibli film, but it is more immediately relatable, especially if you're in a bildungsroman stage in your own life (me). As a bookish kid who dreamed of being a writer and had a pet cat, most of my love for this movie is probably just me gratuitously over identifying with/ projecting myself onto protagonist.

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It offers some objectively good experiences: people idealising reading, going to libraries, cats, a fondness for the magic of antiques, riding bikes, eating delicious looking japanese meals (this is a ghibli movie after all) and singing 'take me home, country roads'.

It's probably not the 'best' studio ghibli film (although Whisper Of The Heart is so caring and every frame is so beautifully that, as I watch, any ability to be critical about it completely dissolves) but it is the one of my favourites.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:28 am
by blanket
#teamspiritedaway

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If you're ever in Japan, it's really worth visiting the ghibli museum, even though you have to book ages in advance. There are very beautiful animation exhibits (large 3D zoetrope!!!) and some exclusive short films. Going in is like walking into a ghibli movie

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Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:10 am
by iwtt
#teamspiritedaway

I haven't watched princess mononoke but I loved Spirited Away

Been a long time but I recall liking spirited away more than Mononoke too

Spirited Away is a superior movie, though.


severely disappointed in you all.

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Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:43 am
by chilljin
never been able to get into anime but i've always wanted to give these films ago as people go on about them

i recently watched ghost in a shell?? on netflix and it was pretty cool tho

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:04 pm
by station
Regardless of which movie is the best by Ghibli, the music throughout all the films is so good! Joe Hisashi is the man.




Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:19 pm
by can-
"Now watch closely, everyone. I'm going to show you how to kill a god. A god of life and death. The trick is not to fear him."

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:12 am
by charybdis
My love for Howl's Moving Castle will not be denied.

Although, I always say that Uchoten Kazoku is what Ghlibi films would be if they didn't cling to being children's movies.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:02 pm
by eufemism
spirited away creeps me the fuck out.


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this had me like wat when i first watched it last year. and some of you watched this as kids??? i mean the art is awesome but what the hell on some of these parts.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:09 pm
by seth83292
That thing reminds me so much of koh from a:tla

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:40 am
by tomsfood
watched totoro over the summer, and have watched spirited away and princess mononoke this week.

holy shit both spirited away and princess mononoke blew me away. i probably liked them equally though i think princess mononoke's story was put together much better. i was struck by how quickly the action started in both movies, quite unlike a lot of films with long buildups/setting the stage periods. also, i drew a ton of similarities between princess mononoke and the lord of the ring trilogy, anyone else get that?

are his films all supposed to be children's movies? i definitely felt like totoro was, spirited away was questionably so, and based on the number of severed body parts i'm going to assume princess mononoke wasn't

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:41 am
by CheerUpBrokeBoy
this is now a yakul thread

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got the movie on blu-ray for christmas. that was a good idea

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:22 am
by vgtbls
I just (re)watched this, and took use of my printscreen key to get some wallpapers. Figured I'd share! The background art in this movie is so good.


Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:20 pm
by can-
Life is suffering. It is hard. The world is cursed but still you find reasons to keep living. [coughing] I'm sorry... I'm making no sense.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:34 pm
by jrisk
if you get the Muzei live wallpaper app, you can then download the Ghibli wallpaper APK here (not allowed on play store for obvious reasons). I have it set up on my tablet and it blurs the background until you double tap the screen. really cool.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:23 am
by can-
"You cannot alter your fate, my prince. However, you can rise to meet it if you choose."

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:33 pm
by thephfactor
Just watched this the other day. Absolutely amazing. I wish, harder than I've ever wished for anything, that I had watched these films as a kid.

Yakul was the best. So sad when he got hit with the arrow :'(

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:54 am
by IsaiahSchafer
(love) this thread. I got my wife a miyizaki/ghibli-themed christmas gift. several prints and a wood panel thing with the ghibli studio logo on it, along with a handful of them on blu-ray. Watching The Wind Rises was brutal. In 2012 I had a false-positive for Hepatitis C, but before the second test's results came back it was a crippling week, but my (at the time qt gf) wife was completely understanding and supportive. So seeing the same kind of love on film.. whew, couldn't stop crying for a while. :')

Also, mad love for Kiki (love)

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:36 am
by Cowboy
So at some point in my early childhood I caught pieces of Spirited Away, probably on Toonami or something. Anyways it freaked me out and I never forgot that. It was No-Face that scared me I think. So I've on and off tried watching the movie the past few months to get over that, but I would always stop like 10 mins in. Anyways, got over it tonight, ended up watching the whole movie. It was good! Everything I've heard it to be.

It was a good premise, still sorta creeped me out with his use of liquids, still had me a little giggly at the naivety displayed throughout the film and the spirit of innocence and what not.

Was absolutely in love with the animation. specifically the motion. I don't think I've ever seen motion caught as well than through this film (my first of his so maybe he does better)
Like the way the clothing was constantly reacting and the use of motion was so clean and fluid it really stuck with me, added a level of realism that went really well with the unrealistic motions characters displayed. and again with the fluids, the way they fall and spill and move really was perfectly captured to me. Gunk truly looked gunky, and water and such was just so nice

It really is as good as people say it is, and I plan to burn through all this old Ghibli stuff now that I've gotten over that fear.

@can~ did I goof

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:55 am
by Northwest
I've been a fan of Ghibli for a long while now. My first two films were Totoro and Kiki, and my mother still tells the story of when I finished watching Totoro for the first time I cried because I wanted him to be my friend. My whole family went to see Spirited away in the theater (the first movie I ever saw blood animated in, yikes). I then watched Castle in the Sky (repeatedly), and Nausicaa (interesting dystopian style flintstone, if you're interested). Everything after that I have seen of my own accord, but having a younger sister helps keep the magic of these movies alive for me in a way that just wouldn't happen without her.

Personal Rankings:
A= Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, The Wind Rises
B= Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Porco Rosso, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, Arriety
C=Whisper of the Heart, Tale of Princess Kaguya
D= From Up On Poppy Hill
[Anything not mentioned on this list I have yet to see]

Watching Ghibli films taught me much more than I ever expected about the pacing of movies, and I believe it was Roger Ebert who most famously about out how the animators consciously give the characters frames, sometimes entire scenes where they are just allowed to breathe and be humans. Coming from mainstream American cinema, encounters with this idea are few and far between, but I've learned to appreciate it all the more the more movies I see. Hope there's a few of you out there who feel the same.

Re: Ashitaka, can you save the girl you love?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:19 pm
by rjbman
What would you say makes Howl a B-level?