“Miyazaki Madness” Second Round – The Elite 8 [POLLS CLOSED]

Wow, what a bunch of heart breaks and blow outs this first round, huh? Hayao’s Spirited Away steamrolls over his son Goro’s first feature Tales From Eathsea. Princess Mononoke beat out the equally matched and favored Nausicaa. Pom Poko was no match for Ghibli poster boy Totoro and my dear lord did Porco Rosso get smoked like a pound of bacon by Castle in the Sky. Even my favorite Howl’s Moving Castle was knocked out by Grave of the Fireflies (you can see the rest of the results in the image below). But that’s how it goes…two men enter, one man leave right?

So here I present the updated official “Miyazaki Madness” bracket as we move into the Elite 8 bracket of the tournament. Voting will stay open for 1 week. Cast your votes and comment at the bottom. Don’t forget we are offering prizes for your participation!

Click the image above for a hi-rez version of the bracket and start voting after the jump…


Spirited Away (2001)  – defeated Tales From Earthsea last round Princess Mononoke (1997)  –  defeated Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind last round
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Summary:  In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, Chihiro, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a magical world where a witch rules — and those who disobey her are turned into animals. When Chihiro’s parents become pigs, she must find a way to help them return to their human form. Summary:  In this anime epic from director Hayao Miyazaki, Prince Ashitaka is infected with a lethal curse, and must travel to find a cure. On his journey, he discovers himself caught in a battle between a mining town and the animals of the surrounding forest. A girl raised by wolves leads the animals, but the forest harbors deadly supernatural powers.

Scenes to watch for:

– Sen tending to the stink spirit

– The paper birds following Haku


Scenes to watch for:

– San attacks Lady Eboshi

– Rescuing the Spirit of the Forest

IMDb score: 8.6/10 G-S-T score: 4.0/4.0 IMDb score: 8.4/10 G-S-T score: 3.25/4.0


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My Neignbor Totoro (1988)  – defeated Pom Poko last round Castle in the Sky (1986) – defeated Porco Rosso last round
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Summary: When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. Summary:   A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Scenes to watch for:

– Finding Totoro for the first time

– The cat bus helping Mei and Satsuki to the hospital


Scenes to watch for:

– Rescuing Sheeta from the general’s fortress

– Arrival at Laputa/unlocking the secrets of the castle

IMDb score: 8.2/10 G-S-T score: 2.5/4.0 IMDb score: 8.1/10 G-S-T score: 3.75/4.0


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The Cat Returns (2002)  – defeated Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro last round Ponyo (2008)  – defeated My Neighbors the Yamadas last round
Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Summary: After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life. Summary:  An adventure of a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.

Scenes to watch for:

– Parade of the cats

– The court/dinner scene


Scenes to watch for:

– Sosuke and Ponyo traveling on the toy boat

– Ponyo becoming human and every underwater scene

IMDb score: 7.2/10 G-S-T score: 3.25/4.0 IMDb score: 7.8/10 G-S-T score: 3.5/4.0


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Whisper of the Heart (1995)  – defeated Kiki’s Delivery Service last round Grave of the Fireflies (1988) – defeated Howl’s Moving Castle last round
Directed by: Yoshifumi Kondou Directed by: Isao Takahata
Summary: Shizuku Tsukishima,who has a passion for reading and hopes of becoming a writer, discovers that all the books she checks out of the library have been borrowed before by someone called Seiji Amasawa. Shizuku sets out to meet the person who shares her literary taste. Summary:  A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. After bombings ravage their country the two set on their own making the best of poverty conditions in this heartbreaking tale.

Scenes to watch for:

– Backstory on the grandfather clock/Seiji playing “Country Road” with the band

– Pretty much every walking or travelling scene


Scenes to watch for:

– Seita giving the last of the fruit drops to Setsuko

– Lighting the cave with fireflies

IMDb score: 8.0/10 G-S-T score: 3.75/4.0 IMDb score: 8.3/10 G-S-T score: 3.0/4.0


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Vote for your favorites, feel free to drop a comment and remember to come back and check the results all this week. Next bracket goes up on March 21st!!

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