i finally watched princess mononoke!!! i loved it pretty much everything about it but like the ending just made me laugh?? he had a village and a sister and was a prince but was just like nah…imma chill here
also i love how ghibli does romance, just in general, it’s very well balanced. like you could tell he was in love with san but other things took precedence because they were both sensible people (incredible). but on the other hand howl and sophie’s relationship still managed to be overtly romantic in the end because it was actually plot-relevant, like in the book. as a writer i’m a big fan of the “just as much as is necessary” method.