Ranked #154

Omoide no Marnie

Alternative Titles

English: When Marnie Was There
Japanese: 思い出のマーニー

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2014
Licensors: GKids
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 8.401 (scored by 14,012 users)
Ranked: #1542
Popularity: #1371
Members: 29,618
Favorites: 236
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Synopsis

Anna, a young girl living in Sapporo, is having trouble with her classmates. Due to asthma attacks, a doctor suggests that Anna move somewhere more relaxing. After moving to the countryside to her family, separated from her mother, she spends her time walking around the area and sketching. She finds herself drawn to a seemingly abandoned house across the water, which can only be walked to during low tide. It is there that she meets Marnie.

Although she finds Marnie to be the first kid her age that she gets along with, there is something mysterious about her—Marnie even tells Anna to keep her a secret from the town. Anna has trouble remembering things, and even blacks out. How are these things related to Marnie? Just who is this strange girl?

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Characters & Voice Actors

Marnie
Marnie
Main
Arimura, Kasumi
Japanese
Arimura, Kasumi
Sasaki, Anna
Sasaki, Anna
Main
Takatsuki, Sara
Japanese
Takatsuki, Sara
Toichi
Toichi
Supporting
Yasuda, Ken
Japanese
Yasuda, Ken
Hisako
Hisako
Supporting
Kuroki, Hitomi
Japanese
Kuroki, Hitomi

Staff

Nishimura, Yoshiaki
Nishimura, Yoshiaki
Producer
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Director, Script
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Sound Director
Andou, Masashi
Andou, Masashi
Script, Animation Director, Character Design, Screenplay

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Fine on the Outside" by Priscilla Ahn



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Deathspike
Feb 23, 2015
Ah, When Marnie Was There, or Omoide no Marnie, was an absolutely beautiful movie that hopefully will not be the last one produced by the famous Studio Ghibli. I've had the pleasure of being able to attend the first screening outside of Japan in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on the 31st of January 2015. Since there hasn't been a review until now, and the soundtrack has been looping on my headphones for nearly a month, I believe it is time for me to step up and write the first (and my first) review on MyAnimeList. Hopefully, without any kind of spoiler (but, I will correct a read more
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SanaeK10
Jul 17, 2015
This review contains minor spoilers.

Ghibli's final film is not easy to give a finalized opinion on. After thinking about this matter for a long while, I ultimately decide to award an Average grade to it.

If you want me to give a completely spoiler free verdict on whether or not to give this film a watch, I'd say if you're into a slow relaxing film, this may satisfy you. Otherwise you can give this one a pass.

It's funny, the film has a good middle bit and a very strong climax that, regrettably, is weakened by a very weak beginning and a mediocre and redundant ending that read more
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sendrillon
Mar 23, 2015
Studio Ghibli has done it again.
When Marnie Was there (Omoide no Marnie) really blew itself out of the water with its art quality, story line and character development. I created an account on MAL JUST to review this movie. If you're looking for an emotional treat with that sprinkle of mystery, look no further.

Story:

The plot is built so that you're left feeling satisfied and wanting more. As with many Ghibli animations, it does have a sort of realistic underlining to it. It's generally a movie about family and the irreplaceable bond we have with them so it really touches home.

Art:

Studio Ghibli has really stepped read more
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adrianojones
May 11, 2015
Preface: When Marnie Was There is an adaptation of a classic novel bearing the same name by Joan G. Robinson. The differences between the film and the novel are minor, but I highly recommend both nonetheless.

Young Anna finds herself sojourning in the countryside with her family in the hopes of relieving her troubled mind and body, where she then begins to experience visions of a blonde-haired girl residing in the local and desolate Marsh House. Her first encounter with who turns out to be the beautiful and mysterious Marnie occurs beneath a calm sky adorned with shimmering stars; the two become immediate friends, and read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Momo e no Tegami
Before watching 'When Marnie Was There', I would have described 'A Letter To Momo' as the Ghibli film that Ghibli would never create: a film grounded in reality by the relatable social anxiety / awkwardness of a young girl, with a fantasy aspect in the background. Not a magical adventure with Miyazaki's trademark lack of characterisation-reality attentiveness--a film with a very real emotional undercurrent people can relate to. And although Marnie is most certainly not a Miyazaki film (which I am eternally grateful for after enduring 'The Wind Rises'...), it most certainly is a Ghibli film. A nice way for Ghibli to end their anime  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
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Its hard to describe how these movies are similar without giving away the endings to both. The best way I can describe without giving it away, is "family."  
reportRecommended by RavenWhisperer
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The subtle story telling is reminiscent of the style of Shinkai Makoto's works.  
reportRecommended by ASighofRelief
Anime: Tekkon Kinkreet
Both are coming of age stories, focusing on the friendship between the two main characters, with the difference being that the main characters are both boys, while the main character of Omoide no Marnie are both girls. Friendship helps the main characters of both anime overcome their problems, as well as learn more about themselves. Both are character-driven stories, featuring great animation and beautiful backgrounds. The only different is that Tekkon Kinkreet has more action. 
reportRecommended by BohemianRhapsody
Anime: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
An antisocial, emotionally-wounded teenage protagonist encounters a young girl's ghost (?) and tries to solve the mystery of why she suddenly appeared. In the process, the two of them become very close and end up helping each other work through their respective regrets. Both shows are lusciously animated and tell stories set in the present day with more than a hint of magical realism. The biggest difference between the two is the gender of their protagonist, which has some effect on the story but not as much as you might expect. 
reportRecommended by q_3
Anime: Omoide Poroporo
They both have a similar vibe, showing the story which includes present and the past interleaved with a bit of sadness about things already gone. However Omoide Poroporo is a little bit more down to earth and realistic while Omoide no Marnie has more on dramatic and romantic sides. Also they share the first word in their name which means "memories" 
reportRecommended by Predelnik

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