In the past two years, I’ve noticed, diarized but then did not attend Studio Ghibli retrospectives in Toronto (Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli) and Vancouver (Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli). Their advertisements and the like that landed in my email reminded me that there is a big and growing body of work that I have 100% missed out on. I have only watch about 25% of Ponyo, can you believe that?
Over the years, in order to get more done, I’ve really stopped watching the television screen. I play the shows I follow in the background. Setting aside 45 to 50 minutes to sit with NPY to watch something takes a lot of patience from me (until the show just sucks me in). There is one scenario when I have nothing but time, working on my computer or playing on my phone is not an option, and all I do is stare straight forward: when I do my runs on a treadmill. With minimum half-hour runs at least a couple times a week, I figure it won’t take that long to get through most of the Studio Ghibli canon.
The initial fun lies in selecting the movies (not all… yet) and which sequence to watch them. I wanted to start from the beginning and watch the most famous movies (that I’ve heard of) so I’m watching these ones first:
Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Spirited Away (2001)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Then I checked out lists rating the films and added two more, also to be viewed in chronological order:
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
So, that’s my viewing fodder for the next while and I’m so excited (to run and) to immerse myself in this world!