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The Amateur Otaku Ep. 9 – Celebrating Studio Ghibli Part 1 (My Neighbor Totoro and Whisper of The Heart)

Greetings to all Otakus, big and small!
The Amateur Otaku invites you to join them as they celebrate the critically acclaimed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Recognized around the world for their beautiful art, engaging stories and enchanting music; Hayao Miyazaki and company have been fascinating viewers for over 30 years with their ever-expanding catalog of films that include timeless classics like My Neighbor Totoro, The Secret World of Arrietty, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, which won the academy award for best animated film in 2013. For the next two episodes, Isak and Brandon share their love, insight and thoughts on certain selections from Studio Ghibli’s vast collection.
In this episode you’ll find:
– Studio Ghibli at a Glance
– Thoughts on My Neighbor Totoro (1988), written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
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– Thoughts on Whisper of The Heart (1995), directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, and based on Mimi o Sumaseba by Aoi Hiiragi. Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki.
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Intro and outro (Path of The Wind from My Neighbor Totoro) was composed by the great Joe Hisashi of Studio Ghibli fame.

Brandon Alvarado

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