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I recently finished watching a few Studio Ghibli movies, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl's Moving Castle. From my impression they were not bad, but I don't understand the hype people have behind them. Spirited Away without a doubt must be something, considering how it won an Oscar.

I understand the animation has a steady flow, the story is simple and well-made, but what makes them so popular? It intrigues me a bit to find out.

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    I've edited this question to sound less like a question soliciting opinions. I believe that while the matter at hand can be subjective, this question can be answer objectively by citing feedback and reviews for the fanbase, regular audiences, and reviewers alike. I believe this is a question that have been on many people's minds and is a worthwhile question to be answered. – кяαzєя Mar 21 '18 at 22:22
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They are so good because they are creative, original and new. The style of the stories are also fairy tale-like. The world building also has a lot to do with their successes.

Take world in spirited away for example. Another entirely different world for spirit inhabitants. You get to see what the spirits are like, what the lifestyles of the workers are like. How the world floods after heavy rain, the train, the stations and outside world to the bath house. The witches, magic, curse and spells.

World building plays massive part in stories. Its mostly why Harry Potter 1 was so great. The first time i saw diagon alley, i was blown away.

Another great thing is the way how they portray japanese culture. The animation, story and creativity in the films is really awesome. They give a cozy, dreamy and peaceful vibe, So sometimes when I'm depressed, lonely or even when its raining, I just go near the window and start watching one of their films. Even the Ambience in the films is good.

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    Please read Krazer's comment. As of current writing, while generally the premise might be true, your answer reads as "just another someone's opinion". – Aki Tanaka Mar 22 '18 at 6:19

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