Pixar is the first approach to watch animated films. It has produced some of the best-animated films. However, in the same race, Hayao Miyazaki is one of the legendary animation filmmakers. His films are brilliant. Miyazaki is responsible for some of the finest animated cinema masterpieces ever created, odd and fascinating images that could not have come from anywhere or anyone else, and which have transcended the adoration of simply hardcore anime fans to dazzle audiences and cinephiles all around the world. Below are some of Anime Films of Hayao Miyazaki to watch.
1. The Castle Of Cagliostro (1979)
Lupin The Third and Jigen Daisuke find that their money is counterfeit immediately after stealing the Monte Carlo Casino. So they go after the man responsible: Count Lazare de Cagliostro. The two soon discover that the Count is doing something far more sinister than forging money for casinos. He has been hiding a family secret deep within his castle. Will Lupin be able to figure out what this is and survive to tell the tale? Lupin is hell-bent on discovering the Cagliostro family’s secret treasure and claiming it for himself, with the help of Jigen and the wise samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Sophie, a young woman cursed by the Witch of the Waste, transforms into an elderly woman and is unable to inform anybody about her misfortune. She goes to the ambulatory castle of the legendary wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household, unable to continue her job at her mother’s hat shop. Sophie befriends Calcifer, the castle’s fire demon who is linked to Howl by a pact that Calcifer is not allowed to reveal. They agree to assist one other with their issues. Howl, like Calcifer, is able to see through the Witch’s spell and falls in love with Sophie. Sophie assists Howl in confronting the Witch of the Waste, his former instructor.
3. The Wind Rises (2013)
Inspired by the great Italian aviation designer Caproni, Jiro dreams of flying and constructing magnificent planes. Jiro joins a large Japanese engineering firm in 1927. He becomes one of the world’s most original and skilled airplane designers. Despite being nearsighted since an early age and being unable to fly. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the TB epidemic, and Japan’s entry into the war are all shown in the film. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and his friendship with his coworker Honjo grows and flourishes.
4. Ponyo (2008)
Sosuke, the son of a sailor, lives with his mother Lisa on an oceanside cliff. On a fateful day on the beach, he discovers a lovely goldfish confined in a bottle. He names her Ponyo after rescuing her. She is, however, no average goldfish. Ponyo, the daughter of a strong wizard and a sea goddess, uses her father’s magic to turn herself into a young girl. Therefore, instantly falls in love with Sosuke, but such tremendous sorcery creates a deadly imbalance in the world. Ponyo’s father sends the ocean’s huge waves to find his daughter as the moon gets closer to the earth. The two children go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to preserve the Earth and realize Ponyo’s ambition of becoming human.
5. Porco Rosso (1992)
Air pirates, bounty hunters, and high fliers of all kinds rule the skies in early 1930s Italy. Porco Rosso is the most cunning and skilled of these pilots. As a former Ace, he now makes a living flying contract jobs, such as rescuing people kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco’s rival in the air and in capturing women’s affections, poses a constant challenge to the hero, culminating in a hilarious, action-packed finale.
6. Spirited Awy (2001)
Chihiro, 10, and her parents are riding across the countryside on a family excursion when they come to an abandoned amusement park. Despite Chihiro’s warnings about the ominous atmosphere, her parents explore the neighborhood and ultimately come across an empty cafe with fresh food, which they devour. They are mysteriously transformed into pigs as a result of their unfaithfulness, scaring Chihiro away. She meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that this land is actually a magical bathhouse, a kind of holiday resort where supernatural beings seek comfort away from the earthly realm, and that she must work here to free herself and her parents from the mystical land because of laziness is not permitted.
7. Castle In The Sky (1986)
This film is set in a possible Victorian era, influenced by writers like Jules Verne’s fantasies. An unconscious pigtailed girl floats down from the skies into Pazu’s arms as he brings his boss’s dinner back to the mine. Sheeta, a young woman with a miraculous levitation stone pendant, holds the key to Laputa, a mysterious, mythological sky-castle. Sheeta and Pazu must flee the army, which is headed by a government agent with his own mystery goal for Laputa, as well as air pirates seeking the sky kingdom’s renowned treasure.
Miyazaki’s Anime films are unique, blending stunning animation and fictional worlds with sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant socio-political and philosophical themes. They’re a great starting point for viewers new to anime, but just as engaging for longtime fans of the genre. His style is instantly recognizable even decades after his films were first released, and his legacy is undeniable.