Each State’s Most Searched Studio Ghibli Film

Grave of the Fireflies is the Most Searched Studio Ghibli Film in 18 States

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

Interesting Findings

  • 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.

Methodology

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

StateStudio Ghibli Movie
AlabamaHowl's Moving Castle
AlaskaPonyo
ArizonaGrave of the Fireflies
ArkansasHowl's Moving Castle
CaliforniaGrave of the Fireflies
ColoradoHowl's Moving Castle
ConnecticutPorco Rosso
DelawareGrave of the Fireflies
District of ColumbiaKiki's Delivery Service
FloridaHowl's Moving Castle
GeorgiaHowl's Moving Castle
HawaiiSpirited Away
IdahoHowl's Moving Castle
IllinoisGrave of the Fireflies
IndianaThe Cat Returns
IowaThe Cat Returns
KansasWhen Marnie Was There
KentuckyHowl's Moving Castle
LouisianaGrave of the Fireflies
MainePrincess Mononoke
MarylandGrave of the Fireflies
MassachusettsGrave of the Fireflies
MichiganGrave of the Fireflies
MinnesotaGrave of the Fireflies
MississippiGrave of the Fireflies
MissouriGrave of the Fireflies
MontanaPrincess Mononoke
NebraskaKiki's Delivery Service
NevadaGrave of the Fireflies
New HampshireKiki's Delivery Service
New JerseyGrave of the Fireflies
New MexicoThe Cat Returns
New YorkGrave of the Fireflies
North CarolinaGrave of the Fireflies
North DakotaPrincess Mononoke
OhioGrave of the Fireflies
OklahomaHowl's Moving Castle
OregonPorco Rosso
PennsylvaniaGrave of the Fireflies
Rhode IslandPorco Rosso
South CarolinaWhen Marnie Was There
South DakotaHowl's Moving Castle
TennesseeHowl's Moving Castle
TexasGrave of the Fireflies
UtahHowl's Moving Castle
VermontPrincess Mononoke
VirginiaHowl's Moving Castle
WashingtonThe Cat Returns
West VirginiaHowl's Moving Castle
WisconsinWhen Marnie Was There
WyomingHowl's Moving Castle

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