My love for anime (japanese animations/cartoons) started from I don’t even remember when. I was quite young, merely a toddler, and whenever I went to my grandmothers’ house, me and my sister watched a “Panda 電影”, which I later discovered was “Panda! Go, Panda!” (the original name is パンダ・コパンダ), and that Hayao Miyazaki wrote and created it. I don’t know where my grandmother found the original VHS in Japanese with Chinese subtitles, but I didn’t really care about the language at that time, and I really do think that until a certain age babies and children do really understand everything, whatever language it may be. I remember daddy trying to explain what they said in the movie, by reading the Chinese subtitles, and that we said that we understood anyway. I don’t really know why, but daddy bought a bunch of VHS’s later on, and among them were “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (風の谷のナウシカ) and “My Neighbor Totoro” (となりのトトロ), both written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (and yet again, I was too small to understand the connection of these various “cartoons” that I watched again and again and again). Although I know that some of those animation movies and shorts I watched as a child was before Ghibli‘s time, I know that they were steps for the foundation of Studio Ghibli.
I guess I owe a thanks to earlier Miyazaki works and other Ghibli productions that I now am interested in Japanese language, the Japanese culture (and although the majority of the people say that Asian culture is “all the same” (hepsi aynı), they couldn’t be more wrong). I know I haven’t seen some of the Ghibli productions, but I certainly do love what I see. It’s somewhat embarrassing that I still haven’t found an opportunity to watch the remaining movies and that they remain in my wishlist, but I guess that will change very soon :)