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43 Things You Might Not Know about Studio Ghibli Films

Since the launch of its first film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli has enchanted viewers around the world and hooked many people on anime. Rocket News 24 recently rounded up a long list of trivia that you might not know about the studio and its films.

For example, the castle in Howl's Moving Castle sounds like a loud, clanking machine that belches fire and smoke as it moves. Hayao Miyazaki, the director of the film, found a natural way of acquiring those sounds:

Miyazaki’s version of the castle is also more of an almost-organic clump of pipes, turrets, scaffolding and legs. To create the sound of the castle, Ghibli hired a team of carpenters, filled the studio with tools and asked them to do what they do best.

I may have said it before, but my favorite Ghibli film is the TV movie I Can Hear the Sea (aka Ocean Waves). It may be because I can relate to it the most since I was a 17 or 18 when I watched it back in 1996 (via fansubbed VHS tape). If You Listen Closely (aka Whisper of the Heart) is a close second, and Too Much Memories (aka Only Yesterday) is also up there on my list. Yup, I like slice-of-life films to the more fantasy-oriented Miyazaki flicks.

My favorite Miyazaki film is Castle of Cagliostro, pre-Ghibli, and Kiki's Delivery Service while in Ghibli.
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