Today is my niece's eighth birthday. One of these days I need to post a photo of us together because she is my mini-me, except that she has pink and purple streaks in her hair as opposed to the blue streaks in mine.
Starting last Christmas, I decided that my job as a cool aunt was to get her interested in something unusual that her friends probably wouldn't know about. My choice: children's anime movies.
I started her out with a DVD of My Neighbor Totoro (dubbed, of course), which I'm pretty sure I liked as much as she did. We've watched it together three times now and she's watched it on her own, too.
One of her birthday presents is a stuffed Totoro similar to the one pictured, except that the one I got her is more greenish and has a leaf on its head (as well it should).
The last time we watched the movie together, we ended up seeing a long preview reel of other Studio Ghibli movies that didn't come up on my DVD player for some reason. I could tell that my niece was intrigued by the other films, so I ordered a copy of Kiki's Delivery Service as her second birthday gift.
We're going out to dinner tonight at a Japanese steakhouse (her choice because she loves shrimp). I have to admit, I'm kinda hoping we have time to watch the movie afterward...