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To be used for the 2008 animated fantasy film "Ponyo", also known as "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea". Always use in conjunction with the [studio-ghibli] tag.

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Why did Lisa leave Sosuke and Ponyo alone?

During the night of the storm, Lisa sees lights from the senior center where she works and decides she needs to leave to check on the people there. She does this even though it leaves two five-year-...
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Why does Sosuke call his parents by their first names?

In Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Sosuke calls both of his parents by their first names. It is clear they both are his born parents. This is uncommon even in western culture, but in Japanese ...
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What Japanese myths/beliefs are referenced in Ponyo, and why was tasting blood relevant?

I rewatched Ponyo recently, and there are quite a few briefly touched on, but not thoroughly explained, mystical elements that left me wondering rather I was missing part of the allusions. I'm not ...
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A fish with a [human] face will bring a tsunami. Is this an actual Japanese wives' tale?

In the movie Ponyo when Sōsuke brings the fish he rescued to the nursing home his mom works at and shows it to the old ladies in wheelchairs, the grumpy old lady screams that a fish with a [human] ...
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