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Most people only know of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Howlโ€™s Moving Castle, but as someone who grew up watching Studio Ghibli's movies, I would like to recommend a few movies that are just as good, but less heard of.

1. From up on Poppy Hill

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ใ‚ณใ‚ฏใƒชใ‚ณๅ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰( Kokuriko Zaka Kara)

This has always been my favorite movie from the moment I first watched it when I was 8. This cheesy yet heartwarming story set in Yokohama, during WWII, is about Umi and Shun, a girl and boy who met through the attempt of saving a clubhouse that was meant to be taken down in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. They develop feelings for each other but their growing romance was interrupted by an unfortunate plot twist.

2. Whisper of the Heart

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่€ณใ‚’ใ™ใพใ›ใฐ (Mimi o Sumaseba)

This was a magnificently sweet story about Shizuku, a high school student and her encounters with a mysterious boy until they began to develop a friendship. Later on, feelings begin to develop, but with Shizuku aspiring to become a writer and the mysterious boy, Seito having hopes of studying violin-making in Cremona, Italy, the two are ought to be separated.

3. Grave of the Fireflies

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็ซๅž‚ใ‚‹ใฎๅข“(Hotaru no Haka)

(Because this movie is very emotional, I will reveal the basic story so you can decide whether to watch it or not as some people cannot stand sad movies. I personally cried a few times.)

This movie is a bit different from the rest; it is devastating and it, unfortunately, is based on a true story. Set in the agonizing WWII, this movie follows the desperate efforts of a loving 14-year old brother, Seita, to take care of his 4-year old sister, Setsuko and himself. Throughout the story, they are treated terribly by others and are starving, however, Seita's optimistic attitude somehow always manages to help his sister find a smile on her face. Essentially, this story is about how Seita fought for his and his sister's survival until the very end, despite having lost everything to the war. The plot was insanely intricate and well thought out.

4. The Secret World of Arrietty

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ๅ€Ÿใ‚Šใใ‚‰ใ—ใฎใ‚ขใƒชใ‚จใƒƒใƒ†ใ‚ฃ(Kari-Gurashi no Arietti)

This brilliant story is about a young boy named Sho who was due for heart surgery and his accidental encounter with a miniature girl named Arrietty. In the beginning, Arrietty does not trust Sho. During this time, her family also decides to move away, though later, Arrietty realizes that Sho's intentions are nothing but kind. Throughout the story, there were tense moments, where Arrietty's mother was taken and beautiful moments, like when Sho and Arrietty finally conversed.

5. The Wind Rises

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้ขจ็ซ‹ใกใฌ (Kaze Tachinu)

This beautiful and inspirational story details the life of an aspiring pilot, Jiro and his endless efforts of trying to build the perfect plane despite Japan undergoing a war. As a young adult, Jiro is finally offered a job as at Mitsubishi, a major Japanese engineering company. He meets a young woman who eventually becomes his wife, however, she, unfortunately, was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. Throughout the film, Jiro encounters many difficulties due to his tunneled, ambitious vision.

6. The Cat Returns

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็Œซใฎๆฉ่ฟ”ใ— (Neko no Ongaeshi)

This creative, fantasy story was absolutely fantastic. It begins with Haru, a young schoolgirl helping a cat, then the cat stands on its' hind legs and thanks Haru. With this already fascinating plot, the story develops further as Haru soon finds out that what she thought she dreamt was real - she learns about the existence of a Cat Kingdom while the King of the Cat Kingdom asks her to marry his son, the prince. Haru declines the offer, but she slowly turns into a cat the longer she stays in the Kingdom.


Thank you for reading my first article! I put a lot of effort and time into it: finding photos, writing and the overall design so I hope you enjoyed it! These are films that I think are less known and my personal favorites other than the more popular movies but don't forget, this is a subjective topic!

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