Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese film studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan. They create anime movies. The studio started in 1995 and has been running ever since. Studio Ghibli is founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. While most of their work may seem orientated at children at first sight, the movies often have a deep message and are enjoyed by both children and adults.

i.imgur.com_gqjtbng.jpg Studio Ghibli's logo. It is a Totoro (from the 'My Neighbor Totoro' movie by Studio Ghibli, with the studio's name.


Studio Ghibli was founded after a movie directed by Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika), turned out to be very successful. Suzuki procuded Nausicaä, and that's why they decided to found the Studio. Miyazaki asked Takahata to join the studio.


The name Ghibli is derived from the Caprone Ca.309 Ghibli, an Italian aircraft. However, Ghibli in the aircraft is pronounced with a hard 'g' (as in 'good'), while Ghibli in the Studio is pronounced with a soft 'g' (like 'Ji' as in 'Jim')

Notable Work

Studio Ghibli has distributed a lot of famous anime movies. Most of which are directed by Miyazaki. Some of Miyazaki's better known movies are My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. Spirited Away was the first film to gross $200 million worldwide before opening in North America.

Takahata also directed a lot of movies for the studio, his most notable work is Grave of the Fireflies.

Ghibli Museum

Studio Ghibli even has it's own museum. It is established in 2001, and is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. The museum has multiple exhibits and features, and is accessible for children as well as adults.


1984: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika) (pre-Ghibli) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

1986: Castle in the Sky (Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

1988: Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka) - Directed by Isao Takahata

1988: My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

1989: Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyuubin) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

1991: Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) - Directed by Isao Takahata

1992: Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

1993: Oceans waves (Umi ga Kikoeru) - Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki

1994: Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko) - Directed by Isao Takahata

1995: Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba) - Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō

1997: Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

1999: My Neighbors the Yamadas (Houhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) - Directed by Isao Takahata

2001: Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

2002: The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) - Directed by Hiroyuki Morita

2004: Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

2006: Tales From Earthsea (Gedo Senki) - Directed by Gorō Miyazaki

2008: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

2010: The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arietti) - Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

2011: From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) - Directed by Gorō Miyazaki

2013: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

2013: The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) - Directed by Isao Takahata

2014: When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) - Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

i.imgur.com_bovqvqo.jpg Hayao Miyazaki

Video Game

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli developed a role-playing video game: Ni no Kuni. It is available for the Nintendo DS as well as the Playstation 3. The Nintendo DS version is called Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi, which was released on December 9, 2010 and is only available in Japan. The Playstation version Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which was released November 17, 2011 in Japan, and January 22, January 31 and Februari 1, 2013 for North America, Australia and Europe respectively.

Studio Ghibli only helped developing the Playstation 3 version. They drew multiple cutscenes for the movie, in their tradition Studio Ghibli style.


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