Valentine’s Day watching

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya — ★★★★

For Valentine’s Day we watched a new-to-us Ghibli movie, one of only three we still hadn’t seen. It was 2013’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Full of luscious watercolor landscapes, it reminded us of our time in Japan at places like Naruko Gorge, an autumn colors destination, and Hirosaki-jo, which is full of cherry blossoms in the spring.

I’ll save my further thoughts for the Ghibli podcast I hope to do sometime.

Birthday viewing

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Pom Poko — ★★★★

Yesterday, Sunday the 17th, was my birthday, so I requested that we spend the evening watching a Blu-Ray that’s been sitting here unopened for a few months. Hold on to your hats — it’s Japan-related. Ghibli, specifically. It was the most famous Isao Takahata movie I hadn’t seen yet, Pom Poko (1994).

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Have a working PS3 and a copy of Studio Ghibli’s NI NO KUNI

As I indicated the other day in my post on Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography, Studio Ghibli created some of my favorite movies of all time. They did animated sequences for a couple of video games, too, in the series Ni no Kuni (“second world,” or “another world”). I’d wanted to play these games in order, but being a PC gamer I didn’t have the right systems. Thankfully, a friend of mine found a cheap Playstation 3 as well as a used copy of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and sold them to me at a bargain price. This is a movie blog, not a gaming blog, but when a game is tied to the greatest animation movie studio of all time (sorry Disney) an exception is justified!

I’m not sure when I’ll start playing it, but I got the system up and running today.

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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro — ★★★★

Thanks to a Drafthouse roadshow a few years back, I’ve seen most of Hayao Miyazaki’s major movies on the big screen (subtitled, no less.) While living in Japan I visited the Ghibli Museum outside Tokyo and saw one of his many short films that are currently only available at that location.* I’ve seen his music video and all the films he wrote for Ghibli that someone else directed. But it was just a few weeks ago that I finally watched his first feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), in its entirety.

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