Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!
In the latest episode, Joey and Aki are joined by a special guest this week, fellow YouTuber Gaijin Goomba! Together, the trio go deep in themagical rabbit hole that is Studio Ghibli movies. Specifically, the three hosts name which Hayao Miyazaki movie is their favourite, as well as which one was their least favourite.
Gaijin Goomba quickly names Spirited Away as his favourite Ghibli/Miyazaki movie, saying that while the "antagonist" Yubaba does some pretty villainous stuff, the character is the perfect encapsulation of how Miyazaki doesn't create bad guys who are bad for the sake of being bad. Aki is also a fan of how the movie's well-developed protagonist, Chihiro, is an inspiration for little girls everywhere.
For Aki, her favourite Miyazaki movie is Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which was actually the first Miyazaki movie she had seen. While some people usually name other Ghibli films ahead of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Aki was a fan of how strong and defined the main character, Nausicaä, was, not to mention the strong pollution and environmental themes that Miyazaki conveyed throughout the film. As for her favourite Ghibli film, Aki couldn't decide between When Marnie Was There and Castle in the Sky.
And finally, Joey namesThe Castle of Cagliostro as his favourite Miyazaki film, saying how well-developed the characters were and how the director once again doesn't make it a clear-cut "bad guy, good guy" story.
As for their least favourite Ghibli movie, Gaijin Goomba says he can't stand Whisper of the Heart, mainly because he thought nothing really "happened," though Aki loves it! Aki's least favourite Ghibli film is From Up The Poppy Hill while Joey surprised everyone by naming Ponyo as his least favourite, saying that he simply couldn't "get into" the movie.
Listen right here to Joey, AkiDearest, and Gaijin Goombah talk about their favourite (and least favourite) Studio Ghibli movie at the 20:40 mark:
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