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Studio Ghibli Books, Films and Music in Chronological Order

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Little Norse Prince [DVD] [1968]
Little Norse Prince [DVD] [1968]
"A long time ago, Takahata Isao and Miyazaki Hayao both worked in a studio called Toei. Here they created one of the first animé liked by adults even more than children."
Lupin III: v. 1 (Lupin III World's Most Wanted)
Lupin III: v. 1 (Lupin III World's Most Wanted)
"By this time, the also distinctly adult adventures of master thief Rupan Sansei where already a national sensation in manga form. It eventually ran to over 30 volumes, of which this is only the first."
The Castle Of Cagliostro [DVD]
The Castle Of Cagliostro [DVD]
"A successful manga leads to a successful animé series, and this series then led to Miyazaki's first film as a director - now an all-time classic of the action-comedy genre."
The Last Unicorn [DVD]
The Last Unicorn [DVD]
"The film lead to Miyazaki creating his own epic manga and was soon allowed to make a film of it. After seeing this it's no wonder that Topcraft was his chosen studio."
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Volume 1 (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Volume 1 (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)
"Again, this is just the first of several volumes. You can find most of the others in the 'Nausicaä Reloaded' list."
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [DVD]
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [DVD]
"Several other movers and shakers of the animé industry chose to join in with the project, and this led to the metamorphosis of Topcraft into what we know as Studio Ghibli."
Castle in the Sky Box Set: 1-4
Castle in the Sky Box Set: 1-4
"This is cine-manga, colour comics made from stills of the film. It has the advantage of a directly translated script rather than Disney's somewhat massacred version..."
Laputa: Castle In The Sky [DVD]
Laputa: Castle In The Sky [DVD]
"But in this case, the music is such an important part of the movie that a DVD is needed to do it justice."
Grave of the Fireflies [DVD]
Grave of the Fireflies [DVD]
"Originally a a double feature with Totoro, this is Takahata's first Ghibli film. Something everyone needs to see, but will only be able to once."
Majo No Takkyubin
Majo No Takkyubin
"This is an English translation of the children's novel which inspired the film of the same name."
Kiki's Delivery Service [DVD]
Kiki's Delivery Service [DVD]
"Miyazaki only uses the setting to tell his own story in this, so it's worth seeing both versions to understand everything."
The Art of Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli Library)
The Art of Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli Library)
"Includes the short 'Age of the Flying Boat' manga on which the film is based."
Porco Rosso [DVD]
Porco Rosso [DVD]
""A movie which tired businessmen on international flights can enjoy even with their minds dulled due to lack of oxygen." But being a Miyazaki film, there's still plenty to think about."
Pom Poko [DVD]
Pom Poko [DVD]
"Tankui are not actually racoons, but a type of dog found in east Asia - though whatever there are, the film is still hugely enjoyable."
Princess Mononoke [DVD]
Princess Mononoke [DVD]
"The traditional Japanese setting and unparalleled depth of meaning made this one of my personal favourites. Also the best choice for showing to someone to interest them in animé."
Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke
"The music is also some of the best since Castle in the Sky, with an interesting mixture of western strings, eastern percussion and and even some analogue synths."
Princess Mononoke: Symph
Princess Mononoke: Symph
"While the OST has the sort bursts of music actually used in the film, this CD has full orchestral arrangements of the 8 main themes."
Spirited Away Box Set with Cards
Spirited Away Box Set with Cards
Spirited Away [DVD]
Spirited Away [DVD]
Spirited Away Chihiro
Spirited Away Chihiro
"This one took a while to grow on me, but I now love it even more than Mononoke. The use of strings and programming is less unusual, but made up for by more use of Japanese instruments."
Baron: The Cat Returns (Studio Ghibli Library)
Baron: The Cat Returns (Studio Ghibli Library)
"The Cat Returns is one of the few Ghibli films based on a manga rather than a text novel or original story. And unlike the other manga in this list, this book has a full story in just one volume."
The Cat Returns [DVD]
The Cat Returns [DVD]
"The English title only makes sense if you have already seen 'Whisper of the Heart'. I much prefer the literal translation of 'The Cat(s) Return a Favour'."
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle [DVD] [2005]
Howl's Moving Castle [DVD] [2005]
"A must for owners of surround-sound systems - it's easy to see why this has won an award for technical achievement."
The Earthsea Quartet (Roc)
The Earthsea Quartet (Roc)
"Includes the two novels which the upcoming film 'Tales from Earthsea' is based on."