Best Movies to Watch on HBO Max: Ponyo

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Ponyo is one of the more recent Studio Ghibli films, having come out in 2008. This means that the animation is better than a lot of other Miyazaki films, which is something I really enjoyed. However, it is not only the animation, but the story which is also good. It, with all of the other Ghibli movies, is available to watch on HBO Max.

Ponyo is a bit childish compared to other Ghibli films, but it is also a really positive and uplifting movie. Ponyo is a goldfish princess who meets a young boy named Sosuke, whom she quickly becomes friends with. She wants to become human so that she can be friends with Sosuke, but her father does not want this to happen so he brings her back to the ocean kingdom that they live in. Eventually, it turns into a struggle between Ponyo’s desire to become human and her father’s desire to hold her back.

While Ponyo’s father is considered the “villain” in the movie, even he is not so bad. Instead, most of the movie is simply about Ponyo and Sosuke’s growing relationship, and all of the adventures that they have together.

Although Ghibli movies like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Totoro will always be considered classics, I really enjoyed Ponyo for its’ characters and storyline. I don’t know how I would rank the Ghibli movies I have watched so far (I am still trying to get through them all), but I would recommend Ponyo to anyone who has not watched it before!

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This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.

NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.

I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!

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