The five YA novels we’d love to get Studio Ghibli-fied

For years, Studio Ghibli has been our source of anime inspiration. We’ve cried over Grave of the Fireflies more than once, and tbh, that Sakuma drop gets us every time. We’ve enjoyed immersing ourselves in Lupin the III’s world while dodging snoopy investigators, and wanted our very own Totoro.

Come Jan. 27, Amazon will release an English-dubbed stream of Studio Ghibli’s first TV series Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Adapted from a 1981 fantasy novel by Astrid Lindgren, the series follow the adventures of a girl brought up by woodland bandits.

It’s cool to see Studio Ghibli’s work reach more audiences. To keep up with the times — or maybe for our enjoyment, and curiosity — we’d love to see some of our favorite Young Adult novels Studio Ghibli-fied, so to speak. YA novels usually tug on our heartstrings. They are our escape from reality and the roadmaps of our youth, which is pretty much what Studio Ghibli is for some people. Whether these collabs will happen any time soon, we never know. But according to The Secret World of Arrietty “sometimes you have to fight for the things that are worth fighting for,” and we’re going to do just that.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl would work as a good Studio Ghibli character lead. Stargirl’s quirkiness as a character is similar to Ghibli’s Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service. They’re both star leads in their own right. Both are eclectic, strong, and true to themselves. Seeing Stargirl come to life as an animation would be a colorful film to watch.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska challenged us to see life from a broader perspective. It made us understand that life and our relationships will always be complex. Pudge’s journey of understanding relationships after the — spoiler — accident rendered in the studio’s muted colors would be an interesting sight. If they tell Alaska and Pudge’s story like Jiro and Naoko’s in The Wind Rises, the anime adaptation will leave us with the feels yet again.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

 Charlie Kelmeckis is one of the most loved Young Adult novel characters. He’s quiet, but he can speak to your heart like you’re the one living his story. But what if, instead of Sam and Patrick, he gets Totoro as his friend? We think he’d be the perfect companion for Charlie. Just imagine imagine them dancing to Come On Eileen. Very cute.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

All of us secretly wanted our own Levi (man, cute farm boys who want the best for us always gets us) and we’re all fangirls ourselves. Fangirl’s Cath and Whisper of the Heart’s Shizuku both have stories of falling in love in an unusual way, and with a person you’d never really think you’d fall for. Think of how nice it would be to see Levi and Cath falling in love in a Studio Ghibli world, kind of like Shizuku and Seiji.

Mean Girls

Although it isn’t technically a Young Adult novel, it is the ultimate YA story when it comes to dealing with high school life. Everyone had their own Regina George to overcome, and an Aaron Samuels that they’ve always wanted. But can you imagine if Cady Heron and Ashitaka (from Princess Mononoke) actually met and joined forces? They’re both strong-willed, and with Ashitaka’s skills with fighting off demons (a.k.a highschool cliques in the real world), battling Regina George would be easier. We’re definitely curious to see how an animated Mean Girls would look like. We bet Damian would look extra kawaii with his pink shirt.

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