Alright, let's take a look at what everybody - alright, all 12 of you - voted for in the annual blog contest. For those just tuning in, I asked the readers of this blog to list their Ghibli Top 5. This could also include Takahata and Miyazaki's extensive and fruitful pre-Ghibli years. Pretty much everything.
I have to say, I'm really quite impressed at the depth of this list. I kind of expected all the favorites to be crowded by Totoro and the more recent movies. Instead, these voters demonstrate a genuine love of the medium, and a great variety of interests. No doubt they would provide some interesting after-dinner commentary.
At first I tried to tally votes based upon their ranking; five votes for first place, four votes for second, and so on. This ultimately proved fruitless. On one hand, some readers just couldn't place one movie over another, and just grouped them all together. On the other hand - and this is something my college-educated brain should have foreseen - the results were pretty much the same if I just tallied one vote for each pick, regardless of rank.
So, I suppose, this would have been easier all along. I'll remember that next time. Just list whatever's in your top-five at the moment. That's all. Yeah, that does sound easier. Note for future reference.
So here's how the final votes were stacked. I'll bet you'll be surprised by this. Drum roll:
Conversations on Ghibli Total Vote Tallies
Kiki's Delivery Service - 6 votes
My Neighbor Totoro - 5 votes
Whisper of the Heart/Mimi - 5 votes
Howl's Moving Castle - 4 votes
Spirited Away - 4 votes
Grave of the Fireflies - 3 votes
Omohide Poro Poro - 3 votes
Pom Poko - 3 votes
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind - 2 votes
Panda Kopanda - 2 votes
Princess Mononoke - 2 votes
Anne of Green Gables - 1 vote
Castle of Cagliostro - 1 vote
The Cat Returns - 1 vote
Future Boy Conan - 1 vote
Laputa: Castle in the Sky - 1 vote
My Neighbors the Yamadas - 1 vote
Porco Rosso - 1 vote
That's an interesting layout, very diverse. These are just the tallies of one vote for each pick. Here's how things stack when you list only the number-ones:
First Place Vote Tallies
My Neighbor Totoro - 3
Kiki's Delivery Service - 2
Princess Mononoke - 2
The Cat Returns - 1
Grave of the Fireflies - 1
Laputa: Castle in the Sky - 1
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind - 1
Omohide Poro Poro - 1
Whisper of the Heart/Mimi - 1
Klaus didn't give rankings for his picks, so I counted it as a five-way tie for first. Still, this is remarkable. Totoro sits at the top spot, which seems more appropriate, but Kiki and Mononoke earned two votes each. And you can see the spread of single votes for all the rest. That's an amazing find. It surely speaks to the diversity this animation medium offers, and the wide range of people it connects to.
Now I really wish we had more voters, just to see how these numbers play out. Maybe we should do this every month. We'll have Ghibli Top 40 - vote for your favorites on the first of every month. Hmm. Think I'll look into that.