Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli, is known for producing several popular animated films in the United States and Japan, with some of his most popular works being Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle.
While he and his films are highly regarded as one of the greatest contributions to the anime industry, his son, Gorou Miyazaki, also made his fair share of Studio Ghibli films, including Tales from Earthsea, from high on Poppy Hill, and the most recent, Earwig and the witch. He also made his own anime television series known as Ronja the thief’s daughter. Unlike Gorou’s films, however, Ronja the thief’s daughter went unnoticed and did not receive significantly high ratings, despite its excellent characters and storytelling.
Based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Ronja the thief’s daughter follows the titular character and his life growing up in medieval Scandinavia. Her father leads a group of thieves who treat her like family. While learning about the otherworldly beings of the nearby forest and how to survive on her own, Ronja meets a young boy named Birk, who happens to be the son of her father’s competitor. While the two quickly hate each other, they eventually bond and become secret friends.
Even with its stellar plot, as well as the book’s massive success, the anime series has been pushed back for several reasons, one of which is that it relies heavily on computer graphics and 3D animation, rather than 3D animation. traditional 2D animation that anime fans seem to prefer. Although computer graphics are necessary to achieve the desired effect of certain scenes and can be done very well, they tend to get a bad rap due to their ability to not blend in enough, much to the chagrin of fans. Another factor in CG anime that viewers don’t like is that it’s not always able to capture the smooth emotions and movements that 2D animation manages to create.
Rather, the series contains plenty of characters to sympathize with and grow attached to, including the protagonist, Ronja, who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she knows is right – even in the face of mass opposition. On top of that, the relationship dynamic between Ronja and Birk shows how much they care for each other, as well as their own willingness to declare the path they wish to follow, even if their respective parents had something planned. something different for them.
The plot and character elements resonate with all ages, as the anime’s outstanding storytelling has proven that anyone can be strong and outspoken, and Ronja is a perfect example of that, making her an incredible role model. for children and adults. Although the anime may contain scenes involving violence, slightly suggestive themes, and other things that may not be suitable for children, it can still be considered a must-watch for those who enjoy watching Studio Ghibli works.