EMPATPAGI.COM-There is no anime film production studio as well known and admired as Studio Ghibli, which is world-renowned for its extraordinary artistry, attention to detail, and captivating storytelling.
Most people are familiar with Studio Ghibli's work with famous films, such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Kiki's Delivery Service. But Studio Ghibli actually still has many films of the same quality level as the films that have been mentioned earlier.
The 5 Most Underrated Ghibli Movies
1. Porco Rosso
Porco Rosso, released in 1992 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This film tells the story of a World War I veteran from Italy who now lives as a freelance bounty hunter who chases pirates in the Adriatic Sea.
Marco Pagot, the protagonist, is a pig known as Porco Rosso, which means "Red Pig". After losing most of his army in the war, Marco cursed himself and became a pig.
The film's story has many themes found in Miyazaki's other works, such as the plot of war, love, compassion, and humanity. This is the hallmark of Studio Ghibli's incredible artwork by combining new and unique stories from start to finish of the film.
For children, this film is a fun story because it tells the story of a pig on a plane. For adults, this film is a story about the guilt that is never forgiven, no matter how much a person redeems himself. This film strikes a perfect balance between the two segments, making it a very worthy and great film for the whole family to watch.
2. Laputa: Castle in The Sky
Laputa: Castle in the Sky, released in 1986. This film is the first film produced by Studio Ghibli. This film follows the story of Sheeta, an orphaned young girl, and her new friend Pazu, who seek the legendary floating city of Laputa when being chased by military agents. This film combines common themes found in Studio Ghibli films: environmental protection, technology vs nature, and compassion.
Although the animation makes people think that the film is targeted at children, Laputa's content is very concise and very thought-provoking. The film makes us wonder like "Are humans really destined to live on Earth and in the sky?" and "Is death a fair price to pay for wealth?" This film also features beautiful scenery, beautiful music compositions, and other characteristics of Studio Ghibli.
3. From Up On Poppy Hill
From Up on Poppy Hill was released in 2011. This film takes the theme a slice of life which follows two high school students in Yokohama, Japan in 1963, when they try to process new emotions while trying to save their school clubhouse. This film is a very touching film with some challenging emotions, such as the tragedy of losing a family member.
The film perfectly balances romance with the real-world struggles that the two main characters experience. Like most Ghibli films, this film also features a story of war and also the logical consequences of losing our loved ones.
4. Grave Of The Fireflies
Grave Of The Fireflies is arguably one of the saddest films ever, Grave of the Fireflies is one of Studio Ghibli's films released in 1988 and directed by Isao Takahata, this film tells the story of two children who struggle to survive in Japan during the last few months of World War II.
This film presents an impression that is both honest and beautiful at the same time. This film is also set in wartime, although this film is an animated film. Grave of the Fireflies focuses on the tragedy that occurs after the war. Films like this are made to show first-hand the problem of war and show what is trying to hide from the aftermath.
5. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is one of the films in the Studio Ghibli collection. Released in 2013, the film was directed by Isao Takahata. This film adapts the story of 10th-century Japanese literature entitled The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
This film tells the story of a bamboo cutter who finds a little girl on a bamboo stick and decides to raise her. As a child, he grew up in rural fields around bamboo fields, but as he grew up, the bamboo cutters decided to move and settle in the capital.
Although the story is excellent, the film's art style is striking and takes a different approach when compared to other Ghibli films. Each scene is hand-drawn and looks like it was painted with watercolors.
Even the other Ghibli films that were also hand-drawn look completely digital when compared to this film. The stylistic mix of art and highly detailed and extraordinary stories make this film worth watching.