FromUpOnPoppyHillDVDHello readers!

To celebrate the upcoming release of From Up on Poppy Hill, we are giving away three DVDs of the movie. From Up on Poppy Hill is the latest film in the Studio Ghibli library to cross the Pacific, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro. The story is set in 1960s Japan and follows two high-schoolers named Umi and Shun. If you’d like you can read more about it in our review, and then come back and join in the contest!

Here’s how the contest works:

  • Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Studio Ghibli film is, and why.
  • When you post, you must put in a valid email address. This is how we will let you know you won!
  • For an extra entry into the contest, follow us on Twitter and re-tweet our contest link
  • For an extra entry, like our Facebook page and re-share the contest link found there

It’s that simple, and if you do everything, you get three entries into the contest, but you must post here for your tweets and reshares to count. In order for us to be sure you are tweeting and re-sharing, we have to be able to tie your accounts to your post here. So, either post with with your Facebook name/Twitter handle here, or drop us a line at and let us know. We promise we won’t share any of your information for marketing purposes!

The contest ends on September 2nd at 11:59 a.m. Eastern, at which point we will select three entries and contact them via email. Once we know where to send it, your copy of From Up on Poppy Hill will be on its way! Unfortunately, our contest must be limited to those in the United States for now. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Of course, if you want to be sure that you get a copy of From Up on Poppy Hill, you can also pre-order it right now on Amazon at a pretty nice discount. But nothing beats free, so get those entries in!

Update (9/3/13): We’ve emailed the winners of our contest. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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  • Stephen N.

    I love My Neighbor Totoro for the amazing story, outstanding animation and for making me want a cuddly Totoro of my own.

  • I’m a huge fan of Castle in the Sky because … dude, it’s a goddamn castle IN THE SKY! How cool is that? Also, Paku is literally invincible—I would be scared to say Castle in the Sky isn’t my favorite; really don’t want him coming after me.

  • Ignoring nostalgia, think my favorite would have to be Howl’s Moving Castle. The concept of that big, steampunky castle is just too awesome, and I love Sophie, partly because she’s an older girl instead of a child like many other Ghibli heroines. It was a refreshing change, and she’s just so spunky. She gets changed into an old lady, and just takes it all in stride. Calcifer is also just one of my favorite characters ever. 🙂

    Accounting for nostalgia, it’d have to be Totoro. That movie is so friggin’ adorable, and it was the first Ghibli movie I ever watched.

  • Michael T

    My favorite is Spirited Away because it was one of the first Studio Ghibli films I saw and I was instantly enamored with the studio thereafter. I really loved the story and presentation.
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  • Kris

    I’m going with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for its incredible art design of all the plants, animals, and airships. It’s also got a great orchestral soundtrack and a great voice cast (in the English version I’ve seen).

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