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Which Studio Ghibli movie is the GOAT: ‘Princess Mononoke’ or ‘Spirited Away’?

Studio Ghibli has produced some of the most innovative anime films of all time. Audiences are transported from their everyday lives into fantastical adventures concerning ghosts, evil creatures, and young witches set against the backdrop of gorgeous landscapes. There are two Studio Ghibli films that have remained fan favorites: “Princess Mononoke,” a tale of legendary creatures, and “Spirited Away,” a story about a girl trying to save her parents. Which is the GOAT? 

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Similar to “Akira,” “Princess Mononoke” was a gigantic hit both in Japan and overseas, helping to further launch the popularity of anime internationally. The film follows the story of Ashitaka (voiced in English by Billy Crudup), a prince who gets caught up in the middle of a war between mystical creatures and modern man. He ends up meeting a girl raised by wolves, San (Claire Danes) who, shall we say, is a bit skeptical towards humans despite being one herself (kind of a justified skepticism, though). They fall in love, and things get a bit, you know, complicated. 

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The great thing about “Princess Mononoke” is that it holds a timeless moral that speaks to anyone no matter where they’re from or who they are. It’s important to respect nature and one’s roots, and to preserve the past as knowledge for future progress. And, seriously, how sick would it be to live with wolves? 

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“Spirited Away” touches on the adventurous soul in all of us. It has the protagonist—a young girl named Chihiro (voiced in English by Daveigh Chase)—navigating the spirit world in order to save her parents, who had the bad luck to be turned into pigs. In between she meets the enigmatic Haku (James Marsden), the ever-hungry No-Face (Bob Bergen), and plenty of other zany characters that we know would terrify us in real life but who, in this setting, we kind of want to hang out with.

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The real charm behind “Spirited Away” is how it plays on the kid-as-hero trope, the one that gets people pumped whether they’d like to admit it or not. Chihiro goes from clueless kid to parental savior in no time, and which kid hasn’t harbored the desire to show up an adult every once in a while (heck, adults fantasize about showing up adults all the time!)? If nothing else, No-Face reigns as the most relatable character in the film, considering the fact he’s always hungry. And we do like a body that can eat

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Which Studio Ghibli movie is the GOAT: ‘Princess Mononoke’ or ‘Spirited Away’?
#MononokeGOAT
A festive crown for the winner
#SpiritedAwayGOAT