[DWJ] Re: Heyer and Ghibli

Kyra Jucovy klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Sat May 12 13:32:37 EDT 2007

I thought I would chime in on the _Totoro_ consensus from an unusual
perspective - I don't really consider myself a Ghibli fan.  I actually
actively dislike _Nausciaa_, and while I don't actively dislike any of the
others, I find most of them pretty dull.  But the exceptions to that, the
ones that even a Ghibli skeptic like me thinks are totally awesome and
wonderful, are _Spirited Away_ and _Totoro_.  _Totoro_ is like the perfect
children's film.  I loved it as an adult; I only wish that I could have
seen it as a child.

So see?  Everybody recommends it!


"I was there when Lacan first set his guitar on fire.  I was there in
Florida when Walter Benjamin flashed his willy to the crowd.  But I'm
losing my edge to the kids."
					---Luther Blissett, _The Valve_

On Sat, 12 May 2007, Aimee Smith wrote:

> Oh, thank you for all the Heyer suggestions!
> I nearly bought one in the shop last weekend, but didn't know which
> one to get.
> You all love her so much, I almost picked one at random.
> But then I saw all the other books I wanted to buy and thought, "rice
> and tomato sauce is really gross", and didn't tempt myself by looking
> further.
> On another topic, has anyone seen "Grave of the Fireflies" by
> Miyazaki and can tell me whether they would show it to a class of
> immature 13 year olds?
> I had it at the counter but the man behind the desk warned me that
> although it was brilliant, it was terribly, horribly sad. I didn't
> think I wanted something that sad, so I didn't buy it.
> I originally picked it up because it seemed like it would go nicely
> with "Once" by Morris Gleitzman. Which, granted, I couldn't teach to
> the aforementioned class for the aforementioned reasons, so the whole
> discussion is for future reference only.
> I want to buy more Studio Ghibli, but I don't know which one is best
> to watch next. Kiki's Delivery Service? I've seen Princess Mononoke,
> Spirited Away and Howl's.
> Aimee.

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