Today I Re-Watched: Spirited Away (Miyazaki Hayao, 2001)

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 2001)

Score: 8 to 8+ out of 10.


Today I Watched: Kiki’s Delivery Service (Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin, dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)

“Our first image of Kiki when we meet her is of the form of a small girl flying through the night sky over the capital. Many lights shine, but there is not a single light to warmly beckon her. She is isolated as she flies in the sky. It is usually felt that the power of flight would liberate one from the earth, but freedom is accompanied by anxiety and loneliness. Our heroine is a girl who has decided to identify herself by her ability to fly. Quite a few TV cartoons about little witches have been made before this, but the witchcraft has always merely been the means to fulfill the dreams of young girls. They have always become idols with no difficulties. The witch of Majo no Takkyūbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service) does not possess that convenient kind of power.” —Miyazaki Hayao

Score: 9+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba, dir. Kondō Yoshifumi, 1995)

Score: 8− out of 10.

Today I Watched: Porco Rosso (Miyazaki Hayao, 1992)

Porco Rosso (dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1992)

Score: 8½ to 9− out of 10.

Today I Watched: My Neighbor Totoro (Miyazaki Hayao, 1988)

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1988)


Score: 9 to 9+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: On Your Mark (1995), Hanasaku Iroha #4, Kuro Nyago (1931)

On Your Mark (dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1995)

Score: 7+ to 7½ out of 10.

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