Ranked #364

Karigurashi no Arrietty

Alternative Titles

English: The Secret World of Arrietty
Synonyms: Karigurashi no Arrietti, The Borrower Arrietty
Japanese: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 17, 2010
Genres: Fantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.141 (scored by 46,985 users)
Ranked: #3642
Popularity: #555
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Arrietty, a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shou, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.

(Source: Disney)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Shida, Mirai
Shida, Mirai
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Fujiwara, Tatsuya
Fujiwara, Tatsuya
Kiki, Kirin
Kiki, Kirin


Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, In-Between Animation
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Sound Director
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Script, Screenplay, Planning

Opening Theme

"The Neglected Garden" by Cécile Corbel

Ending Theme

"Arrietty's song" by Cécile Corbel

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Jun 19, 2011 11:23 PM
Studio Ghibli is quite renowned for it’s rather large portfolio of acclaimed family movies, and you could definitely add Karigurashi no Arrietty to that list. Ghibli usually makes two types of movies, either fantasy movies that focus on themes that are rather critical of problems in society (Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Nausicca come to mind), whereas in more recent times we’ve seen more slice-of-life fantasy adventure movies. Arrietty fits more into the latter, with it’s setting being modern day society with a small little twist; there are tiny, tiny people living under the house, and they borrow from humans to survive. Tiny as in maybe read more
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Feb 21, 2012 1:07 AM
This movie started very similar to Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli 2001. Driving in a car to somewhere introducing us to the 'main' character. AUDI in Spirited Away, Mercedes in Arrietty. With a similar opening theme 11 years later they must have found it effective. Hayao Miyazaki writer and Director of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle(2004), and planning and Screenplay for The Secret World of Arrietty. The storyline is based on 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton and the music, which incorporated many celtic themes especially enhanced by the harp, was by Cécile Corbel.

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Sep 5, 2011 2:05 AM
Studio Ghibli has a massive reputation in the world of animation, deservedly sitting at the zenith alongside the equally excellent Pixar. Cars 2 might have been a lull in the otherwise excellent back catalogue; unfortunately it’s been a long time since I could happily call myself a fan of Ghibli. Since the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the studio has been stuck in a state of ever diminishing returns with the frankly over-rated Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and the low point in Tales of the Earthsea. Ghibli is back in 2011 with the Borrower Arrietty, the immediate question that strikes me as a fan is whether this read more
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Sep 18, 2010 10:58 PM
Hayao Miyazaki brings a new fantastic adventure to screen! Like his previous masterworks, the art, sound and story will blow you mind. Based on the novel 'Borrowers', the film tells the story of tiny people living secretly in human houses. Arrietty is one such girl, living with her parents. However, during her first 'borrowing' she encounters the human boy Sho, who heard about the tiny people's existence from his mother. Since Arrietty made contact with a human, her family decides to move out, but Sho wants to meet the borrowers.....

The first thing I want to compliment about this film is the art. The villa where read more
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Both have gorgeous art and colors, great romantic, fantasy and supernatural stories.
Both are two pearls of japanese animation.
They both can give you this relaxing calm feeling, and as well melancholic at the same time.

Just a word to describe them: Beautiful.

In addition, Arrietty has splendid music. 
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Both contains adventures of a little girls in a small village. At the end they have to go to another place ,but in Alps no Shoujo Heidi she comes back. Both have sweet plot and character development .They both seems related or attracted to their village. If you like Karigurashi no Arrietty there is a chance that you might like Alps no Shoujo Heidi . 
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In both there are elements of fantasy but very humanized. In Arrietty by the inclusion in the human world of small creatures, while Nako no Ongaeshi the world of cats is quite humanized.
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