Romance in Ghibli Movies (from an asexual perspective!)

I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live. If I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.

Hayao Miyazaki

In my opinion, Ghibli movies are the perfect representation of asexual relationships. I’m not just talking about one of them here, but actually all of them.

I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that Haku (Pictured: Chihiro’s love interest from Spirit Away) turns into a dragon, a representative symbol of the ace community. Regardless of whether you’re watching Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, or Laputa, the asexual vibes are just as strong in every one.

Miyazaki himself said that instead of a traditional romance, he wants the characters to inspire each other to live their own lives and become the best possible version of themselves. That is true love in its purest form, and exactly what asexual relationships are all about.

The characters are drawn together by a common goal, and from there push each other to become the best version of themselves. Because of that, their relationships seem tied to their life purpose, which only draws them closer.

Despite not having any physical intimacy, the relationships still feel deep and meaningful. I think that’s the key component of an asexual relationship; to feel emotionally and spiritually connected with someone.

That’s what I always thought relationships should be like. I don’t know if it’s possible to find something like that in real life, but I certainly hope so. After all, that’s what life is really about.

Asexual Representation in Anime

Anime is incredibly popular within the asexual community, and for good reason. It’s actually the only medium where the majority of characters are asexual. Although there are few animes that mention asexuality directly, it quickly becomes apparent that asexuality is the norm rather than the exception. This mirrors Japanese culture,…

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