The Ghibli Heroine Book Tag

Hey guys, it’s Remi!  Good day!

Today I’m doing a cute book tag!  It’s called The Ghibli Heroine Book Tag created by Kate @MeltingPotsAndOtherCalamities.  I was tagged by lovely Ella @ABookWithoutEnd.  

I love Ghibli’s films.  I enjoyed watching each of them.  My favourite ones are Castle In The Sky and Kiki’s Delivery Service!  

THE RULES:

  • Please pingback, rather than link to her as Kate@Melting Pots and Other Calamities. She will only know if you’ve done this tag if you pingback.
  • Tag as many people as you want. Ghibli movies aren’t as popular as Disney or Pixar, so be careful that those you tag are at least somewhat familiar with Ghibli.
  • You can use examples from books, movies, TV shows, anime/manga, and webcomics.
  • As this tag celebrates heroines, please name either a piece of fiction or a female character, if you’re able.
  • Have fun!

Nausicaa, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: (Even though this isn’t technically Ghibli, it’s still marketed that way). Nausicaa is a princess in a post-disaster world. She is compassionate and brave, a daring explorer who is capable and selfless.  Name a strong female leader. 

– Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

She was a strong heroine who planned good schemes.  She wasn’t strong or anything.  However, she was able to find people’s weakness and used against them.

Sheeta, Castle in the Sky– Although Sheeta may have a quieter demeanor than other Ghibli heroines, she is not a damsel in distress. She’s royalty, but doesn’t stay on the sidelines; she is involved, kind, and despite a sad past, hopeful. Name an inspiring member of royalty. 

Cleo Bellos from Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes 

Her everything had been gone.  She had to be strong and learn to face the enemies with a smile.

Satsuki and Mei, My Neighbor Totoro- Before Anna and Elsa, before Lilo and Nani, there was Satsuki and Mei. Satsuki  was incredibly young when their mother was hospitalized, and wi their father at work, she has to take care of Mei. And Mei is only four, with a big imagination. Name a pair of siblings (or two friends who act like siblings). 

Clara + Angela from Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand 

They were friends.  They were exactly just like siblings.  They cared about each other and fought the obstacles together.

Kiki, Kiki’s Delivery Service– Kiki has to go off on her own to live alone, as is the custom among witches. She goes through many things that newly independent young adults face, like money problems, finding a place to stay, job searching, and loneliness, before finding her way thanks to her special abilities. Name a female character who has supernatural gifts.

Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan 

So…did she have supernatural ability?  Umm…I don’t remember, but I’m sure she was pretty smart.  That was kinda a supernatural gift, right?

Gina and Fio, Porco Rosso- Gina and Fio are both heroines in this film, and they couldn’t be less alike. Gina is a young woman who is very feminine, a singer and a restaurant owner. However, she is very resourceful and capable. Fio is a teenage mechanic who is independent, goes against the flow, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She may be one of the best mechanics of her time. Name two inspiring heroines; one who is unabashedly feminine, and another who is more of a tomboy. 

Celaena Sardothein from Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

The first thing that comes into my mind when people say about her is DRESS!  She loved dresses.

Jax from Broken Skies series by Theresa Kay 

On the other hand, Jax hated dresses.  She loved to go hunting.  Everything she did made her more like a tomboy.

Angel, On Your Mark- On Your  Mark is a music video that Ghibli helped a music group with. It may not have much of a story, but it’s beautiful and interesting, and not may people are aware of its existence. Name an underrated heroine. 

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 

Please note that Luna did fight with Harry and his friends in the Ministry.

Shizuku, Whisper of the Heart– Shizuku is an eighth grade student who can’t quite focus on school as much as on her favorite books. However, through encounters with an ambitious boy who seems to have a likely chance at meeting his goals, a cat who rides trains, an antique shop owner, and a cat statue called The Baron, Shizuku is determined to meet her own goal and become a writer. Name your most relatable character. 

Aurora ‘Rory’ Deveaux from Shade Of London series by Maureen Johnson

Rory was like a little detective.  She could see ghosts.  She was fearless and she chose to help investigate creepy supernatural crimes.

San, Princess Mononoke- San has been raised by wolves her whole life. When  humans begin to invade her home forest to make towns and use the resources for themselves while killing the spirits and animals within, San refuses to let it be. She takes a stand and becomes the village’s  greatest obstacle. She is such a force to be reckoned with that they even give her a name; The Princess Mononoke. Name a female character who is physically strong.

Katsa from Graceling series by Kristen Cashore 

Well…maybe she wasn’t that strong, but she was skilled and very violent.

Chihiro, Spirited Away– At the beginning of Spirited Away, Chihiro starts off as a whiny, spoiled ten year old girl. However, during her time working at the spirit’s Bath House, she discovers parts of herself she didn’t know she had. The story is about her finding the strength she already had but was unaware of. Name a character who has an amazing character journey.

Vee from Nerve by Jeanne Ryan 

She had changed her thinking pattern during playing this deadly game.

Haru, The Cat Returns– Haru is a typical high school girl; kind, clumsy, and a little forgetful. But she soon finds herself involved in events that are out of her control. In a way, it is because of her normalcy that she can find her way out of her situation and become stronger because of it. Name a female character who may not have any supernatural abilities herself, but is memorable anyway.

Rachel from Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews  

Rachel was the dying girl.  She had leukemia.  It made her a heroine fighting against cancer.

Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle– Sophie doesn’t think much of herself for a lot of the story. She doesn’t think she’s pretty or memorable, especially when compared to her younger sister, Lettie. It gets even worse when she’s cursed to look like an old woman. When she finds a new life that involves the mysterious wizard Howl, a fire demon, Howl’s apprentice, and many others, she is shown to be resilient and intuitive. Name an emotionally strong character.

Octavia Frost from The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst 

Octavia went to help her estranged rock-star son who was a suspect of a murder.  She had a lot of emotions, but she tried not to show and be strong.


Ponyo, Ponyo- Ponyo is  one of the youngest Ghibli heroines at only five years old. But she still  gets a lot done, including becoming human, discovering things, finding a best friend, and saving the world. Name a hero who happens to be a child.


Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

I’m currently rereading this wonderful book.  I have to say that this is by far the best reread I’ve ever done.


Arrietty, The Secret World of Arrietty- Arrietty is a Borrower; she is tiny and survives by stealing small things that humans  won’t miss. Yet she’s curious about the human world, and does braver things than most humans would be incapable of doing, despite her tiny size. Name an unlikely hero.


Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins 

Yada yada yada.  You all think Katniss was strong.  She was brave.  No!  She had to be like that.  She came from a poor poor family.  She wasn’t a trained fighter like tributes from district 1 and 2.  


Nahoko, The Wind Rises- Nahoko has tuberculosis during World War 2. However, she doesn’t allow this to cripple her, and enjoys life to the fullest anyway, which includes painting and falling in love. Even being placed in a sanitarium doesn’t break her. Name an inspiring character with some sort of obstacle. 


Linh Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer 

Cinder did encounter a lot of obstacles throughout her way toward what she was supposed to have.


Kaguya, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya- in a time where women were expected to follow social norms such as blackening teeth, shaving eyebrows, and being forced into arranged marriages, Kaguya refuses to play along. She would much rather be outside, dance, and play with friends. Name a female character who challenges social norms.


MacKayla Lane from Fever series by Karen Marie Moning 

She really should be just like normal young girls, but she wasn’t.  She ran away from home to Ireland just to find the truth about her sister’s death.

That’s all for this tag.  Thanks again for Ella tagging me although it took me a while to find out the right characters, haha.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you soon.  Bye-bye 👋

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