Illustration of Princess Mononoke

Dashing Ghibli Characters

Japan is known for its anime and manga creations that have gained a popular following in Japan and all around the world.  Studio Ghibli, Inc. (株式会社スタジオジブリ Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Jiburi) is a famous Japanese animation film studio that produces some of the highest grossing films in the world. In 2002, Ghibli’s animated fantasy film Spirited Away, which tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a ten-year-old girl who enters the spirit world after moving to a new neighborhood, garnered worldwide acclaim by winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Ghibli’s animated films are loved by people of all ages, and the anime/manga influence on the Japanese and on global culture can be seen in the growing demand for collectibles and other merchandise. Women in particular swoon over the male Ghibli characters and think of them as the ideal leading men in real life.

Some of the characteristics that drive women gaga over the Ghibli men:

  • They are well groomed and presentable.
  • Most of the leading men have jobs and are hardworking.
  • They tell women exactly what they feel about them. They don’t waste any time once they find “the one.”
  • They are supportive and never jealous of the success of the women they are with.
  • They know how to have fun.
  • They are good listeners.
  • They are calm and level-headed in dire situations.
  • They are chivalrous and know how to treat women well.

Some of the popular Ghibli male characters include:

Tombo Kopoli

Tombo  Kopoli –  a character from “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” Tombo develops a crush on Kiki and perseveres in developing a good friendship with her.

Pazu –  the lead character in “Castle in the Sky.” Pazu is a brown-haired and grey-eyed orphan who lives independently. He is dedicated to Sheeta, and the two characters go through adventures that continue to test their friendship and loyalty for each other.

Ashitaka –  the main character in “Princess Mononoke.” This brown-haired, blue-eyed dynamo embodies determination and courage.

Seiji Amasawa

Seiji Amasawa – a character in “Whisper of the Heart.”  He is the loyal boyfriend of Shizuku. His black hair and black eyes can make any woman swoon.

Prince Arren (Lebannen) – the lead character in “Tales from Earthsea.”  Prince Arren is a dashing brown-haired character who shows us that men, although not as evocative with their feelings, can also struggle with their inner self and yet be every bit as sweet and caring.

Howl Jenkins Pendragon – a character in “Howl’s Moving Castle.” His character was voiced by Cristian Bale in the English version of the film. He is a wizard who changes hair color several times from blone, to orange, then finally, black. He initially is portrayed as being vain but later reveals his good side.

Last summer, KCP Summer Japanese and Manga students had a memorable time as they visited Ghibli Museum in Tokyo which showcases animation works of Studio Ghibli. With gorgeous characters such as Ghibli’s male ensemble, it is no wonder women in Japan and  perhaps all around the globe dream of being with their favorite leading man.  Who is your favorite leading man?

Read more about  KCP Summer Anime and Manga 2013 Students at Kotobukiya and Ghibli Museum.