Before Studio Ghibli was Studio Ghibli there was…

… Miyazaki and Takahata and their separate carriers. At Tor.com there is an interesting article – Six Pre-Studio Ghibli Anime Films You Should Track Down – about some of the movies that were made before Studio Ghibli was officially formed. Great recommendations. I was not familiar with all titles, but will definitely check some of them out. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of my all time favourite movies, all categories. The writer of the article mentioned above sums it up;

“the pair’s stunning gift for storytelling, with many of the themes of Ghibli’s output – environmental destruction, industrialisation, conflict and children facing up to their roles in the world”

I can’t wait to see The Secret World of Arrietty, I hope to get my hand on it soon.

Fantastical stories of love

Author Theodora Goss lists her Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories in this article. Among others she mentions Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and Patricia A. McKillip’s The Riddle-Master trilogy. I was not familiar with all stories, but have heard of most of them and have read some of them.

One of my absolute favorites of fantasy love stories is the one depicted in Hayao Miyazaki’s film version of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel Howl’s Moving Castle. There is a tremendous beauty in the spell-breaking love that slowly evolves between the cursed Sophie and the wizard Howl.