Studio Ghibli holds a very special place in my heart. Not only are the stories incredible and the animation breathtaking, but the soundtracks truly bring life to the narratives. From the lighthearted “Spirited Away” to the intense “Princess Mononoke,” here are my top picks from the collection.
“The Return” from “Spirited Away”
From Spirited Away comes “The Return,” a very light hearted and nostalgic track. Ghibli films have iconically crafted music and this classic from one of their most popular films is no exception.
“Always With Me” from “Spirited Away”
A beautiful ending song from an incredible movie; it’s all in Japanese, but the vocals and the tune are obviously worthy of listening to and falling in love with.
“A Walk In The Skies” form “Howl’s Moving Castle”
A lighthearted track, one of which can be heard throughout the entirety of the film. It is morphed into whatever the emotional moment is in the plot. It is first heard in “Merry-Go-Round of Life,” vaguely.
“Merry-Go-Round of Life” from “Howl’s Moving Castle”
A beautiful beginning track, it establishes the kindness and calmness of Sophie as a main character.
“The Demon God” from “Princess Mononoke”
A favorite from the film, it’s one of the first tracks and also one of the most intense. It describes the birth of Ashitaka’s curse and is referenced multiple times throughout the film. It’s a powerful assortment of notes and beats.
“The Journey to the West” from “Princess Mononoke”
Highlighting another beginning portion of the film, it follows the young Ashitaka to the forest. Viewers get to watch him develop in these few short scenes, establishing the character that you will get to follow for the rest of the film.
“Adagio of Life and Death” from “Princess Mononoke”
This is truly from the most powerful moment in the film. When Moro is killed and the climax truly begins, this track is gaining. It’s a very emotional track, especially paired with the context of the film.
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