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The Miyazaki-Is-Disturbing Scale

Hayao Miyazaki has made a wide range of wonderful fantasy anime, and they each seem to be tailored to a particular age group. His major feature films seem to fall on a scale of Totally Germane For Toddlers to I'm An Adult And I'm Cringing Slightly. This is how I would rank his films on this scale:

  • My Neighbor Totoro, 1988 (Any age can watch this and enjoy it)
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, 2008 (This actually has a "bad guy" in it and thus is one step higher)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service, 1989 (Kiki has a lot of challenges within herself to overcome, and some conflict)
  • Laputa: Castle in the Sky, 1986 (Lots of conflict, actual bad guys and high stakes adventure)
  • Spirited Away, 2001 (Many nightmarish monsters, but nobody actually gets hurt)
  • Porco Rosso, 1992 (airplane duels, gunfights, lots of violence, but again nobody gets killed)
  • Howl's Moving Castle, 2004 (Depicts war and mass destruction, people get hurt)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 1984 (Psychadelic monsters and situations, blood and conflict)
  • Princess Mononoke, 1997 film (Lots of blood and death and suffering and weird shit)

Somehow I have missed seeing Porco Rosso, and thus cannot place it accurately on the scale. I should rectify this. I suspect it's in the middle somewhere, since it's about a flying ace pig.

UDPATED: Porco Rosso, watched and added.


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Aug. 15th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm actually surprised that I've seen as many of these as I have- Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Naussica...considering I'm not huge on anime, it's interesting that the majority of the movies I've seen have been by one person/company/whatnot.

Other than these, the only other anime I've really seen is Trigun, and some of Full Metal Alchemist.
Aug. 15th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Because Disney is backing Studio Ghibli and being the distributor... they got the $$$
Aug. 15th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'd classify it almost as the reverse:

Lowest: Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind: Weirdest thing here is giant insects, not really that creepy at all. They even have somewhat believable anatomy.

Next lowest: Princess Mononoke: Safe most of the way through, but the forest spirit creeps me out.

Middle of the road: Spirited Away: Seriously creepy looking gods and stuff, some without faces. Also... parents turning into pigs? Creepy!

Serious freak factor: My Neighbor Totoro: Giant fat legless monsters? Wha? And we're just supposed to accept that they are benevolent? I also have doubts about stepping inside an animal pretending to be a bus. What if it digests me?

Edited at 2009-08-15 10:06 pm (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Huh.
Normally violence and fighting and such are a bit too much for little ones... Nausicaa's got a lot of fighting and some blood and death, unlike Totoro and Spirited Away. If you remove the violence/blood aspect, your ranking is fairly valid.
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