I rewatched Cagliostro last week and then a few days later Tor.com wrote a big article on it to start their Ghibli Rewatch! I'm going to follow along and will post some thoughts on each film and then maybe try to rank them at the end. Join in if you like!
- •The Castle of CagliostroThis gets no love because it's pre-Ghibli but it has a lot of Miyazaki trademarks and is just great fun. The car chase! The clock tower fight! The secret treasure reveal! Also the Count is a fabulous villain with his evil castle of ingenious traps and terrifying black metal wedding.
- •Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindIt's been years since I last watched this and I'd forgotten a lot but the environmental themes have only become more relevant. I wish more princesses were like Nausicaä with her flying skills, incredible bravery and love of poisonous plants and giant insects.
- •So Tor took a long break and aren't doing it chronologically anymore so I'm on my own nowI'll try to get through the rest more quickly, though Grave of the Fireflies is coming up...
- •Laputa / Castle in the SkyI've watched this a lot and it struck me this time how it feels like a TV series. You could very easily chop up and extend it into a never ending anime series like the ones we all watched in the 80s. I would happily watch hours more of the arrival at Laputa and the robot guardians. Also SO MANY PEOPLE DIE! How did I not really take this in before? Most of them are greedy looting soldiers but still.