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20 Most Adorable Supporting Hayao Miyazaki Creatures

After 50 years and 11 films, the Japanese animation master is set to retire. But his legacy will live on with these beautiful films stuffed full of spirits, demons, and cats.

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16. The Castle - Howl's Moving Castle

It's a partially sentient walking/flying house with the ability to teleport inhabitants thousands of miles or even through space and time via secret doors. The TARDIS wishes it was this cool.


13. Soot Sprites - Spirited Away

These little guys antics are adorably chronicled as they work in Yubaba's bath house although they also make a cameo in My Neighbor Totoro. Give them orders so they don't dissipate!


8. Great Forest Spirit - Princess Mononoke

Sure he's creepy and looks like a deer that got stretched into stardust and leaves a mess of greenery everywhere he steps, but isn't that what make him so endearing?

4. Catbus - My Neighbor Totoro

It's a cat. It's a bus. It is literally what it says on the tin. Yet somehow this simply impossible animal is one of the most coveted fictional animals ever. Get on it, geneticists!

3. Kodama / Forest Spirits - Princess Mononoke

Creepy cute? Check. Weird noise you'll try to mimic without success for hours, making you look crazy? Check. Desire to catch and own one? Check. Basically, these guys are perfection.

2. No-Face - Spirited Away

Don't be lonely! You can follow us around forever and be cute and transparent and socially awkward as long as you don't eat anything that turns you into a giant hungering monster...again.

1. Calcifer - Howl's Moving Castle

Voiced by Billy Crystal, this Fire Demon spawned perhaps the best curse of the Internet age, "May all your bacon burn." A lovable trickster, he might not always be trustworthy but he's always a friend.


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