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15 Things Only Studio Ghibli Fans Will Understand

Soot Sprites are a perfectly legitimate reason not to dust.

Since 1985, after the initial success of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Studio Ghibli and visionary genius Hayao Miyazaki have come up with some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring animated movies ever created. The fantastical imaginations of Ghibli's animators, screenwriters and directors have given us magnificent worlds and characters, guiding us through tales of friendship and courage that echo messages of positivity through our day-to-day lives. Studio Ghibli's fans are some of the most dedicated in the world, especially in Japan where Spirited Away remains the highest grossing film of all time. However, trying to explain your mania for Studio Ghibli to those who have not already been introduced, you may find yourself arguing with statements such as €œI don't like cartoons€ and €œIt's pretty, but it makes no sense€. So, with all of this in mind, take five minutes out of stoning such people over the head with your Totoro pencil pot, and take solace in the fact you can fully appreciate many wondrous things only Studio Ghibli fans will understand.

15. Always Wanting To Call The Man Who Comes Round To Fix The Boiler 'Kamajii'

Many Studio Ghibli fans who have lived in freezing cold, rented apartments in the winter, only to receive a phone call from their letting agent stating that €˜the boiler man will be round this week€™, will have had a fair giggle about just this. Kamajii, being one of the many wonderful characters from Spirited Away, is referred to as the boiler man on many occasions as he controls the hot water running through the bath house, catering to all of its weird and mystical spirit guests. Images of a gentleman in overalls with a toolbox are no more in Ghibli fans minds, as we open the door fully expecting to see a giant man-spider with a very short temper, surrounded by soot sprites carrying coal, coming over just to fix the shower. So far, this has unfortunately not been the case, but we'll forever live in hope one day it will be.
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