Ranked #1098

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
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 58 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.651 (scored by 14,636 users)
Ranked: #10982
Popularity: #1347
Members: 28,343
Favorites: 193
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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)


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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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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Mar 20, 2014
There are plenty of films that can impress you the first time you watch them, but there are only a few that impress you more and more with every subsequent viewing. Only Yesterday is just such a movie, one so rich in depth that the first viewing is only as good as a passing glance at the painting of an old master.

Taeko Okajima is a twenty seven year old office worker in Tokyo. Summer holidays are fast approaching and Taeko is doing what she normally does, and will travel to work on a farm in the countryside. During the course of her journey she experiences read more
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