So my dad isn’t huge into anime, unless it’s the couple episodes of Space Dandy that he’s watched or half of Steins;Gate that we never really got around to finishing he’s not that into it and doesn’t understand why I talk about it so much. There’s one big exception to the rule though, my dad loves Miyazaki movies!! There’s no need to really push too hard for a viewing of Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service or our favorite Howl’s Moving Castle. I brought up one day in the car why that was other than the sheer artistry and storytelling factor that he loved them so much and he brought up a very interesting argument. He told me that he loved the way that Miyazaki almost always writes stories with a strong female heroine in the center instead of a man. I’ve always loved his female characters, especially Kiki and Sophie since I relate the most to them. I personally always get sucked into the way that he writes a female character. They aren’t just strong but they also have weaknesses as well. Kiki worries that she’s too different and too strange from the other girls around her, Sophie questions whether or not she’s attractive to men and has a lot of insecurities that border that, Chihiro has basically never worked a day in her life but always tries her hardest to prove herself, Satsuki and Mei are girls that have to struggle with not only a vast age difference but a sick mother too and a dad who works a lot, Sheeta is too mild mannered and soft spoken and needs to learn to stand up for herself and so many others these are just my favorites. I’m a natural shy girl who loves to look at these films as more than just movies over analyzing the hell out of them. I feel drawn to these girls, especially to Kiki because I’ve always felt too strange and out of my element around other people mostly girls. Funnily enough my favorite personally isn’t even one that was created by Miyazaki-san himself but another director Yoshifumi Kondo who created the character Shizuku and put her into a young adult romance movie. Shizuku is a natural introvert with only a few friends to her name but loves fantasy novels. She tends to be overly emotional and thinks a little bit too much about what the little things could possibly mean. She spends a good first chunk of the movie trying to figure out who could possibly be checking out certain books in the library before her. I think that this is one of those characters that I will always relate to despite being perpetually single.