Dirt: 30 min of Studio Ghibli ambience

HBO's supercut of Ghibli b-roll.

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What is says in the title:

Some unsung hero at HBO Max edited together this chill supercut of clips from Studio Ghibli films: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and every other classic. It’s a wash of lush forests, forgotten cityscapes, strange creatures, sparkling meadows, and mysterious trains. All the ambient TV, none of the narrative. The only background music is environmental, soft nature sounds. You could leave it running on a second screen while you’re working.

The video highlights the Ghibli vibe, the aesthetic that runs throughout its films: drifting nostalgia, silent expanses of plant life, vistas that no one has seen before. It’s perpetually early morning or golden hour. Life is thriving beyond the grasp of human beings; moss takes over everything. It’s visual ASMR. — By Kyle Chayka

The Dirt: Studio Ghibli is a narcotic.

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