Well, the Studio Ghibli universe is that serene zone that everyone would gladly visit and would return to millions of times. Thanks to Netflix, where you get to enjoy the collection all in one place.
Besides creating powerful female leads, Hayao Miyazaki also tuned its leading male characters in different ways. You will love them all from their very first appearance on screen.
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No matter what their overall presence in the movie is, the characters are fashioned in such a sweet and handsome manner that you would like to see more of the male leads on screen. So, who are your favorite and most handsome male leads in the Studio Ghibli universe?
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10 Ghibli Male Leads Whom We LOVE
Number 1: Shun: From Up On Poppy Hill
The way he looks at Umi Matsuzaki is enough to make you fall for the guy. Again his silent messages to Umi were something so pure. His soft gentle voice is what makes you wait for Shun Kazama in every possible scene. No wonder Umi was secretly crushing over this handsome young enthusiastic man.
In fact, his brave act of preserving the Latin Quater, the moment when he took a jump from the tower of their club house made Umi’s sister become his fan and go to the extent of getting an autograph. He represented the passion, every youth had back in those days. He along with his friend Shiro Mizuma both portrayed the ideal qualities of a boyfriend, that girl looks for.
Number 2: Haku: Spirited Away
The moment this young lad leaps in front and wonders how this young kid Chihiro got in here, you will definitely feel a sense of safety. The ambiance in which Chihiro and her parents got was not at all digestive. Yes, just imagine you going on a ride with your parents and suddenly you are somewhere unknown, very creepy where your parents turn into pigs. Haku’s presence is what made the audience feel assured that nothing wrong is going to happen with Chihiro.
From giving her the pill to taking her to the Bathhouse, every situation gets backed up with just Haku’s presence. Then the morning when Haku takes Chihiro to meet her parents embodied as pigs were heartwrenching. She is just 10 or 11 but the young lad was there to give her the shoulder to cry on. These small gestures made Chihiro love Haku and protect the River diety with all her heart. Well, we all want Haku and Chihiro to meet once again right?
Number 3: Seiji: Whispers Of The Heart
Seiji is that childhood love, every girl wants. Watching Shizuku and Seiji sure brings numerous childhood memories together. Not only the question of childhood love, but Seiji is also that friend who every girl would want to have. Again, he has a gentle soft voice however he is much different than Shun. He likes Shizuku but maintains a distance trying hard to come to the notice by taking books(although he read a few) from the library. He never invaded Shizuku’s space but adored her from a distance.
Once Shizuku started noticing the brat, he couldn’t keep himself from teasing the girl he likes. The best part of their story is that Seiji inspired Shizuku. Both enjoyed a bond on very short notice. Their talk over career, their talk over the fat cat Muta, their future planning, and ultimately Seiji proposing Shizuku while the sun was rising sure made everyone cry out of joy. He was a sweet, young boy that captured the heart of every female audience.
Number 4: Sho: Arriety
When the movie ended, it was really heart quenching, since there is no way Sho would have a future with Arriety. Their world is far different. In addition, everyone in her family was uncertain about what was about to happen to their existence. Therefore the ending sure made us sad. But throughout the movie Sho again like any other Studio Ghibli male sure won your heart.
His presence assured that Arriety is secured, safe, and happy. Well, none of the kids had a story on good friendship but Sho and Arriety sure shared a solid friendship even in that little span of days. Additionally, we are not even sure whether Sho survived the surgery or not. However, Sho, throughout the movie, shared a positive, happy, optimistic ambiance that made Arriety rely upon human beings amidst the critical situation her family was in.
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Number 5: Pazu: Castle In The Sky
Sheeta is a very lucky girl that she found her way towards his young lad Pazu. It was shocking to see Pazu dedicating his entire life to Sheeta. Additionally, we also witnessed that same level of love and affection from Sheeta too towards Pazu.
He fought with all the possible enemies and did not think about his life at all. His whole goal was to save Sheeta from all the miscreants and that he did.
Number 6: Ashitaka: Princess Mononoke
The disturbing change in the life of Emishi Prince Ashitaka was sad. Embracing the turbulent change and then slowly proceeding towards a life that shows him a life beyond human needs is what this movie sums up. On his quest, he meets the beautiful young girl San who is, by the way, Princess Mononoke. Though the movie is about our earth and earthlings fighting against the greed that the human race has, your constant support in favor of Ashitaka is what matters.
His gentle, voice would carry you along with his decisions and wins. Yes, the personality is superb. He is the protagonist who draws the future of the story. His innocent glances at San are what represent his love for her. He continuously tries to win her support. His pure intentions and adorable gestures are what make the movie so solid.
Number 7: Sosuke: Ponyo
Another story on childhood’s pure love is what Ponyo is. Keeping aside the underwater life and the magnificent description of the same, the not so defined love, that bloomed between Sosuke and Ponyo is the show-stealer. The young lad loves his fish and is sad when he lost his fish, showing the exact behavior a 5-6-year-old would show. But he keeps his calm when his father fails to return.
His sad heart tries his level best to make things lovey-dovey between his parents. Such a mature gesture. Also, the moment when Ponyo runs and hugs Sosuke was a scene. He takes a few seconds but understands that Ponyo is his fish returned as a human. He is once again happy. The bright smile on his face sure made your day right?
Number 8: Howl: Howl’s Moving Castle
The handsome young wizard was a heartbreaker. He is so handsome, that the female lead Sophie fell for the young handsome face at their very first encounter itself. With his original self as well, Howl was a handsome young fellow that has the power to steal your girl’s heart.
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Although broke several hearts in the past, showed pure intentions against Sophie and thought of her well-being. Additionally the flashback from the past, also assures the reason behind Howl’s affection towards Sophie. He is a sweetheart indeed.
Number 9: Tombo: Kiki’s Delivery Service
Although you get to see very little of Tombo in the movie, his persistent behavior towards Kiki is too sweet. He keeps on waiting for her even though Kiki is scared to show her friendliness towards a city boy.
This brave young girl finally realizes Tombo’s intention and values their friendship that she goes to the extent of saving her friend taking all the risks, which is kind of inspiring.
Number 10:Jiro: The Wind Rises
The movie is an inspiring real-life story that Studio Ghibli executed wonderfully. The male hero of the story Jiro will inspire you to follow your dream at all costs. Also, the support of his family was a plus point. He dreams of engineering a fighter plane and lands up designing one. But the story also showcases his love life.
The passion he showed toward the girl he loves is breathtaking. He runs towards his love even amidst critical situations just to see her peaceful face. He is a great guy who was also a good friend and a brother.
Well, these are our selections of the handsome young sweet lads from the Studio Ghibli universe, but we are very much interested to know what’s your thoughts? Do let us know in the comment section below
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