“In this world, there’s an invisible magic circle. There’s an inside and an outside. These people are inside. And I’m outside.” – Anna, When Marnie Was There
Ghibli movies are very good at giving us more realistic female characters. We get diverse backgrounds, dreams and lifestyles. We have working women, mums, ones who like to follow rules, who are more rebellious, goddesses, grandmas, children and girls with not necessarily any special ‘powers.’ But they’re still all presented as just as amazing.
None of them are pigeon-holed into one role. They’re allowed to be whoever they want to be and are presented always as equals to men, sometimes even in authority positions above them – and no-one questions any of their capabilities, potential or skill.