Every Country's Favorite Studio Ghibli Movie, Mapped

A scene from 2001's Spirited Away.
A scene from 2001's Spirited Away. / Studio Ghibli

Since it was founded in Japan in 1985, Studio Ghibli has achieved international success. Movies from the animation house—including Hayao Miyazaki-directed classics like Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001)—are beloved by viewers around the world. But some films have been received differently in certain parts of the globe. On this map, you can see which Studio Ghibli movies are most popular in different countries.

To make this map of each country's favorite Studio Ghibli movie, broadbandchoices analyzed worldwide average monthly search data by country using ahrefs keyword explorer. Spirited Away is the most-searched Ghibli movie around the world by far, topping searches in 80 countries including Japan, Australia, India, and the U.S. The movie helped Studio Ghibli earn global name recognition upon its release, and it remains the highest-grossing movie from the company.

The 2008 film Ponyo is most popular in Latin American countries like Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. Porco Rosso (1992)—which is set in World War I-era Italy—dominates Southern Europe. You can find your home country's favorite Studio Ghibli on the map below.

Though it specializes in quieter, standalone movies rather than action-packed franchises, Studio Ghibli has had no problem competing with Hollywood. The animation house is so popular that it's planning to open an entire theme park based on its worlds and characters in Japan in 2022.