I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli animation. Its films are famous for their meticulous detail, beautifully-paced exposition and subtle handling of difficult themes. But what I’d like to talk about in these two articles is the way Studio Ghibli uses fantasy. Here, fantasy means more than Hollywood monsters or bits of mythology mashed up in a big-budget melting pot. Fantasy in Studio Ghibli is a glorious celebration of childhood imagination that captures all the wonders and dangers of growing up in an imbalanced world.