In the anime industry, Studio Ghibli has given the world such memorable anime full-length feature movies from the beginning up until their recent movie release last 2014. The stories are unique in their own way, emotional, and memorable enough to be watched over and over again.
Due to the uniqueness of their storytelling under the creative leadership of Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli films stay relevant and weather the years well. In fact, we often mistake one Ghibli film to be more recent than the others only to find out that they are actually older. I guess this is what makes them stand out from all the other international animation studios out there—all of their movies are completely timeless.
Below are some Ghibli movies released in chronological order with a bit of synopsis to guide you (in case you haven’t seen them yet).
Castle in the Sky
Considered to be the first movie Studio Ghibli ever produced, it was made during the year 1986. It tells the story of human civilizations featuring flying cities later destroyed by a massive catastrophe. Aside from the film’s notable element of flying airships, the movie also features a girl named Sheeta who is been abducted by Muska, a secret agent working for the government.
Grave of the Fireflies
Two years later, Ghibli produced the emotional full-length feature film Grave of the Fireflies. Released in the year 1988, the movie is set shortly after the Second World War. The movie tells the reality of what happened after the war—starvation, poverty, violence, and the struggle to recover from the humanitarian crises plaguing that time period.
My Neighbor Totoro
This movie was released the same year as Grave of the Fireflies with Hayao Miyazaki directing the film. It is about the story of two young girls named Satsuki and Mei moving into a new house that’s near a hospital. Their mother’s deteriorating condition necessitates the move. Little do they and their father know that the house and the location that they moved into are inhabited by magical creatures.