Let The Latest Studio Ghibli Conspiracy Theories Commence!

Studio Ghibli, the folks behind classics like Howl's Moving Castle, is no stranger to urban legends. There's that one about Totoro being a harbinger of death, for example. Well, have a listen to the latest one that's making its way around the internet in Japan.

On the image below (via 秒刊SUNDAY), you can see Sosuke and Ponyo, the stars of the 2008 Ghibli anime Ponyo. Sosuke is the five year-old boy who befriends Ponyo, and the two develop a relationship over the course of the film.

Under that, you can see an image of Mr. and Mrs. Osono, the parents of Kiki in Studio Ghibli's 1989 feature film Kiki's Delivery Service. Isn't the resemblance uncanny? Well, sorta!

The implication here is that Sosuke and Ponyo grow up, and live happily every after. They opened a bakery and took in Kiki as one of their own.

Of course, this would involve series foreshadowing on the part of Studio Ghibli as well as leaps of logic in both anime, so let's just go with these characters look sort of similar. Though, I'm sure if you want, you can spin this out into an amazing urban legend.

誰も知らない真実 [ちび@ツイ減 via 秒刊SUNDAY]

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    Fun coincidence... I'd love it if there were more things like this though.

    Tht isn't kiki's father though. He has brown hair and glasses?

    They do look really similar. But I've had this problem with ALL of the Studio Ghibli movies, they're really pretty but all the characters look almost the exact same as one another.

      exactly. its the Ghibli style. All the characters are pretty much identical, except for hair.

    That's not kiki's parents. It's the people that run the bakery.

      ie. her landlord.

    It would be good if 'journalists' still did things like 'research'. Not hard to watch the beginning of Kiki and work out these two individuals are Kiki's LANDLORDS. Not parents.

    But their eyes are almost exactly the same. IT MUST BE TRUE

    I love seeing all these types of tie ins. One of the reasons I love Ghibli!

    Hi I'd just like to add my voice to the chorus of people pointing out that they are not Kiki's parents, but her lanlord. please correct the article quickly, as I find this mistake most offensive.

    Studio Ghibli films are always giving "tips of the hat" to their older films, eg the bright yellow cat like creatures in NausicaƤ are also in Laputa. Kinda silmilar to a cameo and anyway Ponyo is set in Japan wheras Kiki is set in a fictional Mediterraneanesque 1950's with airships AND WITCHES!

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