“Miyazaki Madness” Is Over!!

Well friends, “Miyazaki Madness” is officially over. We’ve had 4 weeks of match ups, voting, comments and best of all, appreciation for the films of Studio Ghibli! In total, the tournament brought in nearly 10,000 visitors, racked up nearly 300 votes and I have to say it was a tremendous turnout! Thank you all for stopping by to participate in this event (I bet you’ll be glad to see an end to my Twitter and Facebook updates, huh?).

So who gets to wear the winner’s crown and strut their stuff all around the animation world?? Well click the image below (for a hi-rez version) and find out for yourself…

That’s right anime fans, getting more than half the votes in each poll throughout the tournament, the winner of “The Greatest Miyazaki/Takahata/Studio Ghibli Film” is SPIRITED AWAY!!!

Going into the finals, it was Hayao Miyazaki’s top seeded Spirited Away vs Isao Takahata’s emotional anti-war film. Mismatched sure, but what a great cross section of Studio Ghibli’s wonderful film resume! True, a feel good Oscar winner against a tough-to-watch heart breaking film is kind of a one sided match-up. However, I’m really impressed to find so many Grave of the Fireflies fans come out of the wood work and take it from the number 15 seed all the way into the championship round! Sure have to give Takahata some real credit for that!

Well now that it’s all over, we can all sit back and let Chihiro/Sen, Haku, Yubaba, Zeniba, No Face and the rest of the gang enjoy their win. Like I said before there’s really not a loser in the group. Ghibli films are inspirational and really are a treat for the eyes, ears and hearts. They foster imagination and encourage the characters to believe in themselves and teach us to do the same.

Whaddya say Ghibli fans…you happy with the winner of “Miyazaki Madness“? Who did you think was going to win??