ByTanja Žarković, writer at
Tanja Žarković

Animation studio Ghibli with every animation brings miraculous colors and amazing dimensions into everyday life. Although those movies from 2013 are not the best work of the studio, every animation they make is miles and miles ahead of many other animations. And what I really respect is that they are still sticking with 2D technique.

The movie The Wind Rises (2013), is partly fantasy, but in many ways also historical movie. The main protagonist is Jiro Horishoki, designer and creator of Zero fighter planes, which were used by Japanese soldiers during the World War II. In addition to the story of Jiro, the film touches the time in Japan in the first half of the 20th century, the difficult economic situation and major problems occurred after the earthquake that 1923 struck Japan.

The latest one, The Story of Princess Kaguya (2013) is based on Japanese folklore, specifically the story from 10th century, known as the The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter that takes us through the story of the mysterious girl Kaguya-Hime, born in a special, glossy stalk of bamboo. The story wonderfully evokes the idea of a fairytale, having the appearance of an ancient Japanese emakimono, a picture scroll used for telling stories. To the original story it wasn't changed much, with exception of adding the love interest.

I'm looking forward the new film of Ghibli studio in 2014, called When Marnie Was There. This one is also an adaptation, but this time of a children's novel written by Joan G. Robinson: "Anna hasn’t a friend in the world – until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems…An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness".

The Wind Rises.


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