Recently, Broadband Choices conducted a survey on Google to find out which Studio Ghibli anime series are the most loved by fans around the world.
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan. The company is best known for producing anime films, in addition to producing several short films, television commercials, and an animated television series. Studio Ghibli was founded in June 1985, following the success of Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds) (1984), with sponsorship by Tokuma Shoten.
Eight of Studio Ghibli’s films have entered the top 15 highest-grossing anime films of all time made in Japan, with Sen and Chihiro in the Mystic World (2001) coming in second on the anime list. has the highest grossing worldwide, grossing over $274 million worldwide. Many of their works have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix, and four have won the Japan Academy Award for Animation of the Year. Four Studio Ghibli films have received Academy Award nominations, of which Sen and Chihiro in the Mystic World won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003, it also received the Golden Bear – the most prestigious award of the Federation. Berlin International Film Festival – in 2002.
Recently, the UK-based research company Broadband Choices announced a project to survey the popularity of Ghibli anime series worldwide based on Google search data.
Accordingly, with the recent development of online movie services, Studio Ghibli’s anime can be more easily accessible to fans around the world thanks to agreements with Netflix. Research by the company Broadband Choices compared the popularity of films produced by Studio Ghibli across 21 different countries.
It’s not too much of a surprise that Spirited Away, the studio’s highest-grossing international anime and the only film to win an Oscar, is the most searched-for film on Google in 80 countries including both the United States and Japan. Howl’s Moving Castle is loved in 18 countries. Princess Mononoke and Ponyo come in at number three when it comes to popularity in 13 countries, with Mononoke being more popular in African countries and Ponyo’s popularity centered around Mexico and Central and South America. Porco Rosso was loved in seven countries, including Italy, where the film was shot. My Neighbor Totoro ranked first in five countries. Grave of the Fireflies is only really popular in Bangladesh.
We also have a global ranking of search results. Accordingly, Spirited Away is still at the top of the list, but Princess Mononoke and Ponyo are more interested in Howl’s Moving Castle. Grave of the Fireflies, by far the most popular Studio Ghibli film not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is currently at No. 5, while Porco Rosso drops to No. 10, behind My Neighbor Totoro , Kikiy’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky and The Rising Wind. The anime with the least google searches are The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and My Neighbors the Yamadas, with only 0.24% of searches.
Broadband Choices also announced the country that loves Ghibli’s anime the most (outside Japan). In this list, Australia is the country with the highest number of Ghibli-related Google searches, followed by Canada and the United States. Singapore, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Ireland make up the rest of the top 10.