Studio Ghibli is known for featuring strong and iconic female leads in many of its movies, but have you ever wondered which one of them best reflects you as a person?
In a recent online survey held by Japanese streaming-guide service 1Screen, 300 men and women aged from their teens to their sixties were asked which Ghibli heroine they relate to the most. Let’s check out the results!
In 3rd place, we have Chihiro from Spirited Away!
Here are some of the comments from respondents who chose her (translations courtesy of SoraNews!):
“I felt like I had lots in common with her since I’m not especially perfect; I’m not always strong and I cry a lot, too.”
“I’ve thought that Chihiro had a lot in common with me—a lanky, fraidy-cat beanpole of a kid—ever since I first saw her in the movie theater on opening day. I really admire how she gained a dignified strength through her adventure, and practically became a different person.”
Taking 2nd place is none other than Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service!
Here’s what voters had to say about her:
“I felt like the way she persevered through her first time out in the city, her first job, her first encounters with people, and how she strove to do her best even while getting her feelings hurt resonated a lot with my own life.”
“I really related to seeing her strike out on her own, struggling to work hard and make a living for herself. I remember thinking that I’d also believe I’d lost all my worth if I lost my ability to fly.”
And in the coveted 1st place for most relatable Ghibli heroine, we have… *imaginary drumrolls*
Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro!
Take a look at some of these reasons for picking her:
“I was the eldest daughter so I also had to be firm and put up a stern front, but whenever I did want to spoil [my younger siblings] I felt an affinity with Satsuki’s way [of spoiling Mei].”
“Everything. From when I discovered Totoro with my little sister back when I lived in the countryside, to when I got lost and my parents scolded me.”
“When I went to see My Neighbor Totoro, my own mother was sick in the hospital. I really felt a kinship with Satsuki for being in the same situation as me. I also thought it was really admirable how she did everything to protect Mei, despite being afraid!”
And for those who are curious, here are the rest of the results (starting from #11):
11. Naoko from The Wind Rises and Umi from Up on Poppy Hill (tie)
10. Marnie from When Marnie Was There
9. Haru from The Cat Returns
7. Sheeta from Castle in the Sky and Arrietty from The Secret World of Arrietty (tie)
6. San from Princess Mononoke
5. Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle
4. Shizuku Tsukishima from Whisper of the Heart
Which Ghibli heroine would you have voted for? Let us know in the comments!