Feisty, Fearless Fio

When it comes to picking favorite characters from the Ghibli roster, it’s just about impossible, because they all are great in their own way. Fio Piccolo from Porco Rosso is another standout for me, though. Fio also has a special place for me because she is also one of my favorite engineers in anime (and video games), with the likes of Kohran Li (Sakura Wars), Skuld (Ah! My Goddess), and Lucca (Chrono Trigger).

The film may be named after its part-porcine protagonist, but Fio has equal share of the spotlight in Porco Rosso, since without her aviation design and engineering expertise (at the age of seventeen!), The Crimson Pig wouldn’t have gotten very far.