anyway, here's a masterpost of (my favourite) studio ghibli related video essays!
The Immersive Realism of Studio Ghibli: one of the things that studio ghibli movies are best known for is their ability to make fictional worlds feel so real. I love the editing and wording in this one so much, it’s immersive and calm!
Hayao Miyazaki: What You Can Imagine : based mainly on the studio ghibli documentary, this is an analysis on the methods used in creating a ghibli film, the importance of sincerity and imagination, as well as starting a conversation on what makes a character well-written.
My Love Letter to Spirited Away : all that makes Spirited Away “the most immersive animated movie ever”. An analysis on elements, rather than plot & characters of the story.
The Best Moment In 'Spirited Away' Is A Scene Where Nothing Happens : what a certain sequence teaches us about the power of breathing space for the viewer, and how the seemingly unimportant scenes are the ones that best deliver emotion, making Miyazaki’s art so distinct.
The Secret Colors of Studio Ghibli : A color palette analysis, why color is so important in animation and how ghibli films are an example of utilizing it to the max.
Hayao Miyazaki & Cursed Dreams : starting from The Wind Rises, this is a search for anti-war propaganda in ghibli films.
Ocean Waves - Studio Ghibli's (Accidental) Queer Film & The Second Chance of Ocean Waves : Proving that Ocean Waves, one of the most controversial ghibli films, is in fact, underappreciated. How a generation of new animators reshaped ghibli magic in a coming of age story.
Why Miyazaki's Films Sound Pretty : What’s the inspiration behind Joe Hisaishi’s soundtracks? Is it impressionism? Jazz? Japanese folklore? the answer is all three! This one makes me chuckle every time, it may seem like a music theory dump, but it’s a very informative run through Music History and why are ghibli soundtracks a universally loved recipe.
bonus: not a video essay but here’s a celebratory concert for 25 years of Ghibli, conducted by Joe Hisaishi himself!
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