15th anniversary of Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli)

When “Spirited Away” from Studio Ghibli, won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in the Academy Awards, Hayao Miyazaki and all of Studio Ghibli were very pleased. They were very popular in all of Japan when that masterpiece won.

Many years passed, as most of their masterpieces have been nominated. The same for Aardman when their movies have been nominated. 

But when “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” were both nominated in 2005, “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” deserved that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature anyway. Cause at that time, I was a fan of Studio Ghibli and “Wallace and Gromit”. And like Hayao Miyazaki was pleased with his Oscar award, Nick Park and Steve Box were very pleased with their Oscar awards. It made them so happy, they believe an adventure can be full of crackers and cheese. Hayao Miyazaki must’ve gotten that feeling when he heard the news about it, as it really made him smile. 

Years later in 2014, Hayao Miyazaki was pleased again to have a Honorary Oscar award for Best Lifetime Achievement. As that makes two Oscars for Studio Ghibli to have. To make them still popular I believe. 

Until finally, comes the 15th anniversary of this masterpiece. Cause ever since for what happened in 2001 and 2003, in the Academy Awards, that was the best one that made Studio Ghibli popular thanks to this here. 

A girl with her parents get lost in a small town, as they are spirited away in a ghostly land. Where dreams, spirits, and creatures are real. With the help of a boy who can transform into a dragon, they together go out on an adventure. 

In a two day event, this had been in theatres internationally. Let’s say at the TIFF Lightbox. And like for what happened to the 20th anniversary of “Princess Mononoke”, they did two showtimes. One in Japanese and the other in English. After the showtimes, GKids showed some Studio Ghibli shorts in Japanese, that North America had never seen. Everyone were surprised to see them that they came. 

Studio Ghibli must be glad to hear the news on this anniversary. And that event that has happened in North America thanks to GKids. It’s a good thing they are celebrating masterpiece anniversaries, back at Studio Ghibli headquarters. 

So here’s to a happy 15th anniversary to this Studio Ghibli masterpiece. For this has won that Oscar award, for Best Animated Feature in the Acadamy Awards. 

And when more Studio Ghibli masterpieces come to Japan and North America by any chance, they’ll definitely need to have a third and fourth Oscar award for sure. 

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