Famous for its distinct art style, coming of age stories, and delicious looking food, Studio Ghibli holds a nostalgic place in many of our hearts. Whether it’s Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, or Grave of the Fireflies, many Americans have seen at least one of the studio’s iconic films.
With the world’s first Studio Ghibli theme park set to open November 1, the team at GetWindstream wanted to find the most searched Studio Ghibli movie in each state. And what better way to celebrate the opening than to stream one of their many beautiful films?
The Most Searched Studio Ghibli Film in Each State
- Grave of the Fireflies is the most searched Studio Ghibli movie in the most U.S. states, with 18 states googling it most.
- Studio Ghibli produced and released Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro at the same time (as a double feature) in 1988. Grave of the Fireflies is known for being a tragic war tale, while My Neighbor Totoro is a lighthearted children’s movie.
- Howl’s Moving Castle is the second most searched film in the most states with 14 states searching for it.
- The original Japanese screenplay was written by Hayao Miyazaki and was adapted into English by award-winning author Neil Gaiman.
- Spirited Away was the first anime and only foreign language film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film celebrated the 20th anniversary of its U.S. release in August 2022.
- Despite the film’s critical acclaim, it was searched most in only one state: Hawaii.
- Studio Ghibli’s founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, created and directed many films by the studio.
- Isao Takahata directed one movie on our list: Grave of the Fireflies, the most searched movie in 18 states.
- Hayao Miyazaki directed six films on our list. He is reportedly coming out of retirement to direct How Do You Live, Studio Ghibli’s next film, rumored to release in 2023.
- People who don’t speak Japanese often watch Studio Ghibli movies “subbed” (subtitles) or “dubbed” (voiceover).
- Many famous English speaking actors have recorded “dubbed” voiceovers for Ghibli films, including Cate Blanchett, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
We used IMDb and SEMRush to compile every film from Studio Ghibli and the search volume for each movie. We narrowed the list to the top 15 Studio Ghibli films with the highest overall volume and used Google Trends to determine which films were googled most in each state.
Full List of States
|State||Studio Ghibli Movie|
|Alabama||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Arizona||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Arkansas||Howl's Moving Castle|
|California||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Colorado||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Delaware||Grave of the Fireflies|
|District of Columbia||Kiki's Delivery Service|
|Florida||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Georgia||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Idaho||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Illinois||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Indiana||The Cat Returns|
|Iowa||The Cat Returns|
|Kansas||When Marnie Was There|
|Kentucky||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Louisiana||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Maryland||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Massachusetts||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Michigan||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Minnesota||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Mississippi||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Missouri||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Nebraska||Kiki's Delivery Service|
|Nevada||Grave of the Fireflies|
|New Hampshire||Kiki's Delivery Service|
|New Jersey||Grave of the Fireflies|
|New Mexico||The Cat Returns|
|New York||Grave of the Fireflies|
|North Carolina||Grave of the Fireflies|
|North Dakota||Princess Mononoke|
|Ohio||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Oklahoma||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Pennsylvania||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Rhode Island||Porco Rosso|
|South Carolina||When Marnie Was There|
|South Dakota||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Tennessee||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Texas||Grave of the Fireflies|
|Utah||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Virginia||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Washington||The Cat Returns|
|West Virginia||Howl's Moving Castle|
|Wisconsin||When Marnie Was There|
|Wyoming||Howl's Moving Castle|
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