THE MAGIC OF STUDIO GHIBLI THAT CAPTIVATES OUR HEARTS
You have probably heard of Studio Ghibli, it’s the Japanese animation studio that brought us household names in Japanese animated films that until now is worth watching, but what really makes Studio Ghibli magically immersive?
For those who have not seen any of Studio Ghibli’s animated film yet, maybe this is the perfect article for you, as we prepare a short essay to explore the magical way to create animation from this revered Japanese animation studio which makes stand above the rest.
Considered as an animation powerhouse around the world, Studio Ghibli have cast all its spell over wide-eyed audiences that loves anime for the past forty years but sad to say, the man behind this studio, Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese animator who created the timeless animated films announced his retirement this year which would totally affect his final project, Boro the Caterpillar, which brought us back to the very colorful world of his animated films like “My Neighbor Totoro”, and “Spirited Away”.
Like what Miyazaki told his audiences before, that the emotions of his animated films will become yours, but what really makes Studio Ghibli very spectacular and very appealing to its audience that can be loved and enjoyed by people from different age brackets? It is very simple actually, it is because of its visual detail and it’s very unique storyline that makes us visually and emotionally immersed in the film, which is called by animation experts as immersive realism.
Immersive realism is the way what Studio Ghibli showcased in each of its animated films. It successfully uplifted and clearly pointed out the important message and lesson that we should learn from the film while at the same time, its very rich animation and visuals took our breath away which makes it very immersive that we are much focused and magnetized from the start of the movie all the way to its finale. The way it illustrates its animated films makes it very unique and very wonderful to watch as compared to the CGI produced animated films from Hollywood and other parts of the world.
Even though, there is an obscure way or an absurd way to tell its story because of its characters like Princess Mononoke who was raised by wolves, the parents turned into pigs in Spirited Away and other weird looking but very interesting characters, Studio Ghibli did not alienate its audiences by sending a clear message to its script about the most important lessons it wants to give to its audience where we suspend our belief and we buy into the world of it in the most imaginative aspects that make the films very immersive at the same time very grounded.
Another important and wonderful aspect that we should mention in this article is Studio Ghibli’s ability to strike its audience with a perfect balance of reality and fantasy which a lot of animators are having difficulties to strive from it. Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki was able to demonstrate the mastery of a certain animation technique and attention to its detail frame by frame that it brought more life to the characters, environment, and each detail from smallest to biggest.
Now that you’re done reading this article, what Studio Ghibli movie you want to watch again?