One thing we all love about the Ni No Kuni franchise is its ties with Studio Ghibli, the popular animation movie studio responsible for some incredible stories out there. Just before Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom releases on PC and PlayStation 4 in three days we choose 5 Studio Ghibli movies you have to watch ASAP.
Truth is, this is not a rating list of the best Studio Ghibli movies but more like some of the most mature ones which can be appreciated by adults as much as we did when we were kids. Coincidentally, all movies in this list are directed by Hayao Miyazaki, whose name is tied with Studio Ghibli as a co-founder and a masterful storyteller for the studio.
You might find the absence of titles like My Neighbour Totoro or The Wind Rises as confusing and that’s understandable. The thing is Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is claimed to be much more mature than its predecessor and we’ve tried to keep the same theme with the following movies too. Let’s take a look:
Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
Princess Mononoke is undoubtedly one of the best films you’ll ever watch and we don’t include only animation one. Set in a world where a war is raging between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony, San the protagonist finds Mononoke Hime, a girl bound to the forest. This movie is the stepping stone of Studio Ghibli into the adult world, making everyone seeing it drop their jaws by the time it ends. Clearly, a must-watch as there will never be a movie portraying peace in such a way.
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
This movie rocked everyone’s world when it first released in 2001 and it’s a hit on IMDB with the incredible score of 8,6/10. The movie follows a girl named Chihiro in a world filled with gods, spirits and humans turned into animals in order to save her parents. Its story isn’t even its best feature since the scenery and character development in Spirited Away make it one of the best movies ever made. How can Disney ever top Studio Ghibli’s creations?
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004)
Set in a world in a war between two kingdoms, Howl’s Moving Castle is a beautiful story about the power of love and how it can affect one’s destiny. Filled with wizards and witches, this movie is an alternative take on what we think sorcery is about and how the power can corrupt if you have no boundaries. Its soundtrack, which is without a doubt heartwarming and chilling, is composed by the guy behind the Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom OST as with many other Ghibli movies, Joe Hisaishi.
Castle In The Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986)
Castle In The Sky is a tale about Pazu, a young but very brave and ambitious engineer meeting a girl named Sheeta falls down from the sky like an angel. Their journey is not much of an allegory as the previous ones yet its character development and heartwarming friendship cannot be overlooked. Since it’s a 1986 movie, it is not as visually pleasing as Spirited Away of Moving Castle, however, it’s a must-see for every generation.
Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992)
Speaking of allegories, Porco Rosso is a huge one all by itself. Aimed at a much more adult and mature audience, this movie is set in a world where men turn into pigs during a war. It is a metaphorical tale about the true nature of man with a metaphoric depiction of the historical background of the rise of fascism in Italy. Noone can really put Porco Rosso into words, while it is one of the most gruesome yet chilling movies Studio Ghibli ever made.
If you are not familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli, the release of Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is a good reason to start. The studio might not be involved with this title, contrary to its predecessor but the inspiration from it is even more visible than the previous one.
Have you watched the movies we mentioned? Are you excited about Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom releasing in three days?