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Ghibli feast #8: the Castle of Cagliostro

June 2, 2010

in bento,non bento

Day 3 of Ghibli feast

Ghibli feast #8: The Castle of Cagliostro

This is the last feast in Ghibli feast! When I decided to do a Ghibli feast, I knew that I wanted to watch this film last. This film isn’t by Studio Ghibli, but the Castle of Cagliostro is the first theatrical film Hayao Miyazaki directed in 1979. I used to watch Lupin the Third on TV when I was little. Lupin the Third is a TV series version with most of the characters from the Castle of Cagliostro. I remember it was funny but also very raunchy sometimes. But Miyazaki turned the anime for grownups into a beautiful masterpiece filled with action, comedy and love.

Especially the car chase scene in the beginning is probably the best animated car chase scenes ever made. If you’re a Miyazaki film fan, and haven’t seen the Castle of Cagliostro, you must see it! The main character may not be a strong willed innocent girl or boy, trying to save the world, but you can see how Miyazaki really enjoyed making this film. I think that the car chase scene describe the personality and relationship of Lupin and Jigen (his sidekick with a magnum) very well. They’re both crazily adventurous and trust each other. It was a famous (but unconfirmed) rumor that Steven Spielberg was blown away by this film, especially the car chase scenes. I’m not surprised if the rumor is true.

After Lupin and Jigen realize that the money they stole are very famous counterfeit money “goat bills,” they decide to go straight to the source and enter the Principality of Cagliostro. They learn about the wedding of Count Cagliostro and Princess Clarice when a waitress brings a  mountain of pasta and meatballs.

[Pasta with meatballs]

Ghibli feast #8: The Castle of Cagliostro

This is probably the second most famous food in Miyazaki films. (The first is of course being Laputa bread) Unlike Laputa bread or other famous food in Ghibli films, this pasta is not very detailed, but how they eat made this simple pasta with meatballs look so amazing.

We made a simple tomato sauce with crushed tomato and basil, an used IKEA meatballs. (I know it’s cheating but they are so soft inside, and we like them!)

Ghibli feast #8: the Castle of Cagliostro

No technique involved in this dish. I just had to carefully make a mountain of pasta. It's not impossible, but it required patience.

Ghibli feast #8: the Castle of Cagliostro

I also had to carefully place the meatballs on top of the pasta.

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Ghibli feast #8: The Castle of Cagliostro

Not as much as the film but it's still a lot of pasta!

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I think this kind of food definitely goes into the category of the “food that makes you want to try because of the unrealistically large portions of it.”

This is a bit trivia, but didyou notice that Lupin’s friend, Goemon Ishikawa, is buried in the pile of counterfeit money in the backseat of Lupin’s car when they escape from a bank robbery?

Fiat 500 Cinquecento

This is about 2 minutes into the film. You can see his hair and his katana.

Goemon and Lupin have a different friendship than Jigen and Lupin. Goemon usually shows up when there’s a job, but he doesn’t hang out with Lupin outside the “work” like Jigen does. After they rob the bank in the beginning, Goemon disappears and doesn’t show up until much later. So the very first scene Goemon appears is the Castle of Cagliostro is actually in the very beginning! I was telling this to my boyfriend when we were watching the exact scene. He didn’t know about this, so he had to go back and check it. When he saw it, he laughed and said “AWESOME!”

And this sounds kinda off-topic but not. My boyfriend and I were working at Anime North in Canada past weekend, and I got to hang out with my friend who lives in Canada. It has nothing to do with my Ghibli feast but I thought it’d be perfect to post the picture of his car in this post.

Fiat 500 Cinquecento

Compare the car with my friend who's standing next to it. It's so tiny!

Does it look familiar?

That’s right!

This is the exact same car as Lupin’s car, Fiat 500 Cinquecento!

Fiat 500 Cinquecento

It used to be yellow like Lupin's car, but after many repairs and restorations, it's green now.

Fiat 500 Cinquecento

The engine is in the back.

Fiat 500 Cinquecento

The gas tank is in the front.

Space-wise, I’d say the inside is about the same as the inside of a mini-cooper, but four of us were able to fit in the car. Everyone at Anime North was waving at us as we drove by them. My friend (the car owner) was so used to it, he was waving back to them as if he were a president.

To sum up the Ghibli feast, it was so much fun! I got to make and learn how to cook food that I’d never cooked before. Such as making poached salmon, gutting mackerel, making fish pot pie, cooking shishamo, roasting soybeans, etc… And also guessing what’s in the food by just looking at screenshots was fun too. Studying the texture and the color of the food and how it’s cooked made us pay more attention to the food in the film.

Even though I try to cook something different as much as I can, when I get lazy I always end up making food that I’ve cooked many many times, so this was a great challenge for me. I’m so glad that I did this. My favorite dish from the entire Ghibli feast was the fish pot pie from Kiki’s Delivery Service. We had no idea how it’d taste before we made it, and when we ate it, it was something we’d never tasted before in a very pleasant way.

I hope you get out of your comfort zone, and try cooking something you’ve never cooked before. You might learn a new technique, and find amazingly delicious food to be added to your recipe books!

You can also see these pictures in Ghibi feast set on my flickr page!

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MarooNo Gravatar June 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

I love pasta meatballs… and that car is so so cute.. It’s one of my favourite cars too!

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GypNo Gravatar June 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I really enjoyed reading your entries for the Ghibli Feast! It would be awesome if you tried something like it again with an anime series that has memorable food or characters that are associated with certain foodstuffs. If not, there are other Ghibli movies to attempt and make a sequel feast with perhaps (Ponyo ham & noodles soup!)?

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BubuNo Gravatar June 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

It’s really sad that the Ghibli feast has come to an end :’( but i really enjoyed reading all the entries…looking forward to your new project – be it food, plushies, or anything else you come up with! ;)

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JCY-worksNo Gravatar June 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Hi! I’ve been reading your Ghibli Feast posts and it’s disappointing to know that it’s going to end. =( I’m also a Ghibli fan and I really enjoyed seeing the anime food in real life on your blog!
Just out of curiosity, did you end up being able to finish the huge bowl of pasta & meatballs? (it looks too much for one person to finish it all up =p)

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BarbNo Gravatar June 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

What a fun series. Very enjoyable! Thanks.

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allispinNo Gravatar June 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

no howl’s moving castle? the breakfast they make of bread, eggs, and bacon looks so good!

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RissaNo Gravatar February 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Do you know what kind of car it was? :) oh and what about whisper of the heart, the cat returns, and howl’s moving castle!! Do another series pleaaassseeee~

Don’t forget Ponyo :)

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar February 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

Risa,
Yes, it’s a Fiat 500 Cinquecento!

I might do another Ghibli Feast someday since it seems like everyone enjoyed it a lot (to my pleasant surprise). :)

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SavNo Gravatar January 1, 2012 at 3:32 am

OMG! I want that car so bad! I’m totally making that spaghetti, btw. Jigen is my favorite Lupin character ever and one of my favorite parts in that movie was when he was forking up all of the noodles away from Lupin. LOL!

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fahd alhkateebNo Gravatar April 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

الفكر الحر

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