Japanese Animated Films

Honestly I haven’t cosplayed for like 6 months straight but on the bright side, Canadian Netflix is getting some great movies in the upcoming weeks, and I also talk about some of my favourite Japanese animated films.

I’m really excited about the addition of Miyazaki’s films to Netflix because even though I already own Howl’s Moving Cast, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away on DVD, my computer does not have a CD drive and I can’t actually play them. Honestly, I should probably just sell/give them away.

If you’re too lazy to read the tweet, I’ll show you here.

On June 25, you can expect to see:

  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Only Yesterday (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Ocean Waves (1993)
  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Tales of Earthsea (2006)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2014)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)

On Aug 1, you’ll be able to stream:

  • The Wind Rises (2013)

In addition to that, from Studio Colorido, A Whisker Away was released June 4th, 2020 on Netflix. This movie is definitely on my to-watch list because it’s literally furries but normalized for Japanese audiences and I am 100% all about that. Think of it like Beauty and the Beast, but reversed. You know, cuz Japan.

You gotta see the trailer! It’s every weeb’s dream.

Of all the films I’ve seen (with Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle being my fav), the next in line are Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms (2018), Wolf Children (2012), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Weathering With You (2019), The Boy and the Beast (2015), Your Name (2016). I heavily recommend these if you haven’t seen them already.

The Garden of Words (2013) was okay. Flavours of Youth (2018) was like a commercial. Promare (2019) was ?????????????

On my to-watch list are: Paprika (2006), Akira (1988), Dead Leaves (2004), Ride Your Wave (2019), The Relative Worlds (2019), Her Blue Sky (2019), Mirai (2018), Human Lost (2019), Children of the Sea (2019), Garakowa: Restore the World (2016), Typhoon Noruda (2015), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), Fireworks (2017), I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018), Liz and the Blue Bird (2018), Patema Inverted (2013), Penguin Highway (2018), and Lu Over The Wall (2017). It’s a long list.

Call me heartless, but I actually didn’t like A Silent Voice (2016). The main character was too much of a dick, the storyline was too slow-paced for me, and I just could not relate at all to Japan’s guess-culture society, being quite a forward thinking and spoken individual myself.

Since quarantine is still going strong in Toronto, I will have lots of time to watch films 🙂 Let me know which movies are your favourites and if I missed any truly phenomenal ones.

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