On our last episode we exposed the GHIBLI CONSPIRACY – subliminal messages covertly sown into Hayao Miyazaki’s films to brainwash the children of the world! We discussed the secrets hidden in each of the films shown during GKids’ 2017 Ghibli Fest, covering all except for one, Howl’s Moving Castle. Now, to celebrate its 15th anniversary, GKids has brought Howl back to the big screen, giving us a chance to close the case on the conspiracy once and for all! We discuss the film’s anti-war messages, its themes of independence and self-perception, and just exactly what that madman Miyazaki is really mad at… AT LONG LAST, THE TRUTH WILL BE REVEALED!!!!!!!

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Music Featured:

Joe Hisashi – “Merry Go Round of Life”
Joe Hisashi, Baisho Chieko, Kimura Yumi, & Tanikawa Shuntaro – “The Promise of Life”


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an animation student at the School of Visual Arts. Currently residing in NYC, the icy cold, snow-covered neighborhoods of Minnesota will always be his home. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, he has turned his passion towards being both a creator and a critic. He credits his love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined his artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to his local comic book shop, he is an avid reader and collector, and is particularly fond of manga. His favorite comics include Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything Deadpool.