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Tales From Earthsea (Film)

What is it?

The 2006 Japanese animated (anime) fantasy film Tales From Earthsea (Gedo Senki).

Tales From Earthsea – Official Trailer

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this animated (anime) movie:

From famed Japanese animators Studio Ghibli comes “Tales from Earthsea,” a sweeping adventure set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment.

An epic tale of redemption and self-discovery, the story follows the journey of Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk (voice of Timothy Dalton), the master wizard, as he searches for the force behind a mysterious disturbance that has caused an imbalance in the land of Earthsea-suddenly crops and livestock are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos.

Along the way he rescues Arren (voice of Matt Levin), a troubled young prince who has fled his home and is being pursued by an enigmatic shadow.

Arren joins Sparrowhawk on the quest and, moving closer to their intertwined destinies, they cross paths with Tenar (voice of Mariska Hargitay), a former priestess, and her disfigured adopted daughter, Therru.

With Sparrowhawk’s magical powers dissipating, all of them must band together to defeat the evil Cob (voice of Willem Dafoe) and his henchman Hare (voice of Cheech Marin) before Cob’s mania to find immortality destroys Earthsea.

— (C) Disney

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Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (Film)

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 1984 Japanese anime (animated) epic science-fiction fantasy film Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind that was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and was based on the manga Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind by Hayao Miyazaki.

What is it about?

This is how the Rotten Tomatoes describes this film:

This impressive work from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki represents a significant departure from traditional anime.

Foregoing the gritty storylines, extreme violence, and adult content found throughout many anime, Miyazaki’s works borrow as much from fairy tales as they do from science fiction.

Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind is no exception.

Centuries after war has devastated the earth, Princess Nausicaa leads the people of the Valley of the Wind.

Feuding clans fight with planes and tanks as well as swords in a world that is both primitive and futuristic.

In addition to her people’s conflicts with other factions, Nausicaa must also contend with the insects of the jungle including the Ohmu, a race of giant, intelligent bugs that poisons the surrounding atmosphere – and is spreading rapidly.

The setting of this 1984 animation owes much to the post-apocalypse genre spawned by Mad Max and other films, and the political subplot is often compared to Frank Herbert’s Dune.

However, the heroine here has more in common with the female protagonists of the Disney musicals such as Pocohantas and Mulan; Nausicaa is more concerned with harmony and communication than with conquest and revenge.

Sympathetic to the Ohmu, she learns she must approach them with understanding to achieve peace and restore the dying world.

This film is beautifully animated and written, and the moral to this ecological fable is difficult to miss.

The film was dubbed into English in the mid-2000s, hence the presence of such actors as Shia LeBoeuf, who wasn’t born yet when the film was originally made.

~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi

Final Thoughts

Years ago I remember seeing this film appearing in many top anime lists and when I heard about it being re-released in English I had to see it, I remember trying to buy it in stores but it was not available at the stores yet, but I eventually got to watch the movie.

Here is a short video that mentions a bit about this film’s re-release in English:

It was a good movie as expected, maybe not quite as good as I had expected but it was still pretty good, and it was good seeing good classic animated films like this (especially hand drawn) because Hayao Miyazaki films usually do not disappoint so you know that his films will probably be good.

It is a shame that there are not that many high quality videos on YouTube about this film.

The end,

-John Jr

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Grave Of The Fireflies 😭

What is it?

The 1988 Japanese animated (anime) war drama film Grave Of The Fireflies which was directed by Isao Takahata, was animated by Studio Ghibli, and was based on the semi-autobiographical short story Grave Of The Fireflies by the Japanese author Akiyuki Nosaka.

Grave of the Fireflies – Official Trailer
Grave of the Fireflies – Celebrate Studio Ghibli – Official Trailer

What is it about?

This is how MyAnimeList describes this movie:

As World War II reaches its conclusion in 1945, Japan faces widespread destruction in the form of American bombings, devastating city after city. Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko, two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of the war.

Now orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease. Met with the apathy of adults along the way, they find that desperate circumstances can turn even the kindest of people cruel yet their youthful hope shines brightly in the face of unrelenting hardship, preventing the siblings from swiftly succumbing to an inevitable fate.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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When Marnie Was There

What is it?

The 2014 Japanese animated (anime) drama movie When Marnie Was There that was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and was produced by Studio Ghibli.

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE – Official UK Trailer – From The Acclaimed Studio Ghibli

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this anime (animated) movie:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes.

She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face”.

Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is.

But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.

(C) GKids