Monday, August 25, 2014


Gnar is free this week, so, if you haven't got the chance to play this quirky champ, you should give it a shot!

Earlier this year, Hayao Miyazaki retired from making animated films and, just a few weeks ago, Studio Ghibli announced they were taking a break from making animated films. Their most recent picture "When Marnie Was There" may be the last Studio Ghibli film.

As a lifelong Studio Ghibli fan, this is a sad revelation. Yet, rather than dwell upon the future and become anxious about the future of not only Ghibli or even animation as a genre, I would prefer, much like this video, to look back at a catalog of the weird, wonderful, and whimsical worlds created by Studio Ghibli.

From the relatively grounded story of a witch girl's coming of age story to a cursed prince becoming tangled in a struggle between dying gods and the greed of men to a brave girl working at a hotel for spirits to lift a curse that's turned her parents into pigs, these films are incredible works of art on every level. They share common themes but have evolved and grown as the studio matured from fantastic films to a trusted brand. And, despite relying heavily on Japanese mythology and culture for material, the films transcend national barriers in a way that only the best sorts of art can do.

Studio Ghibli's films are arguably the greatest treasures of Japanese animation. If there are to be no more films, we must simply cherish the ones we have and share them with everyone.

And now, for something completely terrible.

Who comes up with combinations like this video? Someone had to see the original music video right? And then decide to mess with it? Or were they slowing down a lot of kid's songs and just stumbled upon this? Either way, it is the most horrible thing on the internet and you won't be able to stop watching it or sharing it, ever.

That's like the internet in a nutshell.

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