Meet the Ghiblies. Designed from the ground up to reflect the wonderful and talented people behind the famous Studio Ghibli, they have volunteered to let the light shine on the behind-the-scenes workings of their work and personal lives. Follow them as they decide where to eat lunch! Laugh with them as they reveal their inside jokes! Feel their pain as they remember their first love! Witness their many hidden talents! Be shocked as they perform hedonistic dances in their underwear! Find solace in their good deeds! And through it all, remember that these are the minds that have changed the face of anime as we know it!
The Yamadas are an ordinary suburban family that enjoy shopping together, watching TV together, and sharing meals just like anyone else. Or so we think! With grumpy grandma Shige wisecracking at the worst times, and Mummy and Daddy Yamada testing each other’s patience at every turn, no family moment ends without a fascinating mishap. But nobody chooses their family, so the Yamadas must learn to savor the joys, forgive each other’s mistakes and, above all, learn lessons that only make them stronger.
These two Ghibli works have a similarly cutesy animation style. They also posess the same combination of humour and classically Ghibli slice-of-life. I found Yamadas to be a wonderful mix of both while Ghiblies is mediocre in its comedy yet shines in its slice-of-life elements; but if you liked one you may well enjoy the other.
Both Ghiblies and my Neighbours the Yamadas are slice-of-life tales about what happens within a certain environment. While both are somewhat different, Ghiblies being set in the workplace and consisting of two shorts, and Yamadas about family life and a full-length movie, both share a similar tone. Both anime make the most of comedic situations of everyday life. Try one if you like the other.
A normal kid, just minding his buiness, gets involved in a competition that he had no clue about. So upon trying it, he quickly excels and gains the respect of his peers as well as the girl at the top of the food chain that he lusts after; if only his bad luck and perverse tendencies did get him into so much trouble.
Even so, win or lose, he's gonna try his best and not take any short cuts to the top, becaise if he didn't give his all, it wasn't worth doing!
So, am I talking about Satou or Ikki? Why don't you watch the other one and see for yourself.
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
Both Cat Soup and Ghiblies use very stylized animation throughout. In each, a story is told, with many side tracks taken and explored. They're both just basically a light-hearted romp throgh "Improbable Land," and fully enjoyable.
While playing with his toy airplane one day in a field, a young boy was approached by a fox. They traded the boy’s airplane for the fox’s seed, and soon after the boy planted the seed in the ground. Little did he know that the seed would not yield a plant, but rather, a large and blue expanding house! With the new house came many friends – from elephants to lions to rabbits aplenty, a great deal of new companions showed up to fill the house with joy. But wait, the fox is returning – what could he want?