6 life lessons ‘Studio Ghibli’ taught us

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Studio Ghibli Films Are More Than Just Beautiful to Watch

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Hayao Miyazaki once said that the fact of existing implicates “losing the possibility of other potential innumerable personalities”. If we take this into account, we can realise that each Studio Ghibli film represents living through another being.

The historical and social legacy that Hayao Miyazaki & Isao Takahata built as founders of one of the best animation studios in the world is more than extraordinary.

Here are 6 life lessons we can learn with Studio Ghibli, because it is another way to thank destiny for putting it in our life.

6. LOOKS ARE DECEIVING

Monsters are not precisely evil, just like beauty is not necessarily synonymous with goodness. Behind every face, however unpleasant or strangely it is, there is a being whose history defines his way of seeing the world and treating others. We have ‘Porco Rosso’ a pilot that because of a spell has pig face, but a heart of gold; and Totoro, a huge forest spirit who helps two sisters to assimilate the illness of their mother.

Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso

Totoro

Totoro

5. EATING IS A PLEASURE

The food in Ghibli movies is always particularly appetising, more than usual in the case of an animation. It is usual to see the characters enjoy food prepared in such an exquisite way that it makes us want to try it. This is one of the things I enjoy most in any anime; Japanese seem to love good food. Two good examples of this are: Calcifer (Howl’s Moving Castle): A fire demon who, against his will, is used for cooking; and Ponyo, a girl-fish that loves eating ham.

Calcifer

Ponyo

Ponyo

4. LOVE AS A MEANS, NOT AN END

Love stories in the Ghibli style are not free of romance and loss. The couples in these movies will not always have their happy endings, but they will allow us to witness affection and worship that looks almost real. Love as a way of self-improvement for each of the characters that exceeds the traditional scheme of classic movies. The favourite couple is: Howl and Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle).

Sophie

Sophie

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