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10 Ghilbli Films You May Not Have Seen

| Ghibli , Movies

Whenever we think of Ghibli movies, we tend to think of the big ones: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and more. But there are more obscure movies, too. To find out how many Japanese college students haven’t seen these obscure films, Mynavi conducted a survey of over 400 students to find out which were the rarest of them all.

10. Arrietty (2010) — 31.3% haven’t seen it

Starting at No. 10 is Arrietty, a fun movie about tiny people who live in a normal-sized family’s home, making their living “borrowing” things like sugar and tissue paper. With good reviews and a fun story, what’s not to like?

9. Tales from Earthsea (2006) — 37.8% haven’t seen it

This one isn’t so much obscure as it is just kind of disappointing. It was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, in his first such role, and got mixed reviews.

8. Only Yesterday (1991) — 38.8% haven’t seen it

Now we’re getting a little more obscure. While you may not have heard of Only Yesterday, this movie about one woman remembering her childhood has great reviews, with a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Why haven’t more students seen it then? Because its intended audience is adults, not children. Since the people surveyed were college-age, they’ve only just recently gotten to the age at which Only Yesterday was meant to be seen.

Only Yesterday finally received an English-language release in 2016, with Daisy Ridley (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as a voice actor. So now it may be time to add this one to the must-watch-list!

7. The Wind Rises (2013) — 41.3% haven’t seen it

The Wind Rises has to be No. 1 on our list of Ghibli films we’ve heard people talk about but we've never seen. It received wide acclaim and was a big success, but for some reason it has never made its way into our (or 41.3 percent of Japanese college students’) viewing schedules.

6. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) — 48% haven’t seen it

From Up on Poppy Hill is another one that we’ve heard people talk about, but just haven’t seen.

Unfortunately, From Up on Poppy Hill is missing the cool draws of other Ghibli films. There’s no spirit world or magical animals here, just… a nice story from post-WWII Japan. It’s not supposed to be bad by any means, but it’s not something people are clamoring to see either, hence its place on the list.

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