Ranked #1125

Omoide Poroporo

Alternative Titles

English: Only Yesterday
Synonyms: Omohide Poro Poro, Omoide Poro-poro, Memories Like Falling Rain Drops, Memories Like Falling Teardrops, Memories of Teardrops, Memories of Yesterday
Japanese: おもひでぽろぽろ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 20, 1991
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Licensors: GKids
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 58 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.651 (scored by 15,488 users)
Ranked: #11252
Popularity: #1355
Members: 30,405
Favorites: 213
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.


Taeko Okajima is a typical "office lady" in a big company in a big city. When she takes a sabbatical to the countryside in Yamagata Prefecture, the hometown of her brother-in-law, the journey recalled her memory of her 5th grade year. During her stay in Yamagata, she works hard and happily as a farmer and is surrounded by friendly relatives and villagers, bringing up more memories. Their hospitality makes her to reconsider her choice of life.

(Source: ANN)


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Promotional Videos

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors

Okajima, Taeko
Okajima, Taeko
Honna, Youko
Honna, Youko
Imai, Miki
Imai, Miki
Takeo's Father
Itou, Masahiro
Itou, Masahiro


Takahata, Isao
Takahata, Isao
Director, Theme Song Lyrics
Momose, Yoshiyuki
Momose, Yoshiyuki
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Executive Producer
Iso, Mitsuo
Iso, Mitsuo
Key Animation

Opening Theme

No opening themes have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding an opening theme here.

Ending Theme

"Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa Sono Tane (愛は花、君はその種子; Love Is a Flower, You Are the Seed)" by Harumi Miyako

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

Sep 27, 2007
Now and again, I find I'm being asked why I like anime, and what's so special about it. One answer you hear given quite often to questions like this is "it's not just for kids, anime is for grownups too". I used to say this too, but in the case of much of what's out there, after much thought I realised that's not really accurate. Sure, there's anime out there that's full of sex and/or death and/or 'mature themes', and a lot of things that are more complex than children are thought to be able to deal with, but not much anime, read more
I found this review Helpful
Aug 20, 2013
If you want in any way, to see a family eating a pineapple and simply have an intense emotional reaction, almost cry by quietly staring at the characters just moving, bring back the beautiful life you once had and to feel proud that you're a human being. I cannot recommend anything other than the remarkable underrated masterpiece.

Only Yesterday.

The reason why Only Yesterday might be the most realistic anime movie of all time is that, they did, care about the smallest things, the characters' movements, their eyes, their mouths, how the whole cast reacts to an action, how they gave everyone enough space to experience their read more
I found this review Helpful
May 24, 2015
Only Yesterday, otherwise known as Omoide Poroporo is a very slow paced film that focuses on the theme of memories, and is a work that captures the melancholic feeling of reminiscing on the past and reflecting on life.

The film revolves around a 27 year old office worker by the name of Taeko Okajima, who takes a break from her job to take a vacation to the country hometown of her brother in law. As she embarks on her trip Taeko begins to reminisce on her youth as a 5th grader. Taeko’s memories follow her through the Yamagata Prefecture as she enjoys the lifestyle of the read more
I found this review Helpful
Apr 19, 2009
We can notice that there is a tendency to overrate average productions when it comes to their true value. It is probably caused by TV and the fact that the best selling anime are being watched by kids raised on sex and violence occuring in the Internet. Anime based on those two things (sex & violence) shows that it is much easier to make such anime insted of trying to show people something important and valuable. Only Yesterday is one of those "depper" and underrated productions, which can appear on endangered species list soon if that tendecy mentioned before won't be stopped.

First, I have say read more
I found this review Helpful


Anime: Mimi wo Sumaseba
Both are realistic heartfelt dramas with a female lead character and beautiful animation. 
reportRecommended by Descmbz
Anime: Sennen Joyuu
Nostalgia at its best! A look at women who think back upon their lives and the effects the experiences had upon them. 
reportRecommended by madeener
Anime: Umi ga Kikoeru
Both main characters reminisce about their pasts 
reportRecommended by TrulyAJ
Anime: Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou
The art is strikingly similar. Young Okajima Taeko's face of Only Yesterday looks a lot like Aoki Shinko's (of Mai Mai Miracle) face. 
reportRecommended by alchemist11
Anime: Aki no Kanade
In both movies, the protagonist returns to their old towns in the countryside from the city. They are dispassionate and apathetic as adults because their dreams and meaning in life have become dull. When they return to their small towns, a lot has changed. However, a lot has also remained, and as the protagonists reminisce about their past, they rediscover their passions and values. Aki no Kanade is about a professional Taiko drummer who comes back to help with the revival of a old festival and ties up the loose ends of her youth. In Omoide Poroporo, the protagonist rediscovers her feelings and enjoyment in  read more 
reportRecommended by Mirorin
Anime: Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
Though Only Yesterday lacks the fantasy element in The Place Promised in Our Early Days, both main characters think about what happened in their pasts and how it is currently affecting them 
reportRecommended by TrulyAJ

Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Omoide Poroporo Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 )
Beatnik - Jul 10, 2008
84 replies by Rain »»
Jan 13, 5:13 AM
Shouldn't it be Omohide?
Shiruyumi - Dec 15, 2014
1 replies by em45 »»
May 2, 2015 10:47 AM

Recent Featured Articles

Anime Art is More Than Just Ghibli: Top 20 Beautiful Anime

Anime Art is More Than Just Ghibli: Top 20 Beautiful Anime

It is easy to say that the most beautiful anime are those produced by Studio Ghibli. For sure, Ghibli’s films set the bar for what is anime art. However, although five of their films populate this list of the 20 most beautiful anime, other examples from the past four decades are just as impressive.
Studio Ghibli Films Including Totoro and Spirited Away

Studio Ghibli Films Including Totoro and Spirited Away

The whimsical world of Ghibli is home to a variety of masterpieces. Some were created by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, while others were given life to by Isao Takahata. Ghibli films are famous worldwide for their high quality. Let's take a look at some of the greatest animated films in history!