Telling someone that you like anime was pretty much like the kiss of death in high school. While I can honestly say that my interest in anime may have started in elementary school after watching "Sailor Moon" everyday before school, it turned into a full-fledged obsession the first time I saw "Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind." For the first time, I realized that anime wasn't just for kids. I wanted to be apart of that world. I wanted to be Nausicaa.

That's the beauty of legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's work.

Miyazaki made it socially acceptable for Americans to like anime, especially after the commercial success of 2001's "Sprited Away." With the release of Studio Ghibli's newest animated venture "The Secret World of Arrietty," it's likely that Miyazaki may finally be ready to pass the torch.

Miyazaki didn't direct "Arrietty," yet it is impossible not to see his creative influence on the film. He produced and co-wrote the project, but he handed over the directorial duties to longtime apprentice Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who has worked as an animator on every one of the Miyazaki's projects since 1997's epic tale "Princess Mononoke."

To celebrate the release of "Arrietty" -- and to hopefully entice a few of you to actually watch anime -- let's take a look back at Miyazaki's 10 greatest films to date.

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