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Karigurashi no Arrietty

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
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Score: 8.151 (scored by 43872 users)
Ranked: #3642
Popularity: #547
Members: 66,328
Favorites: 167
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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)

Characters & Voice Actors

Shida, Mirai
Shida, Mirai
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Fujiwara, Tatsuya
Fujiwara, Tatsuya
Miura, Tomokazu
Miura, Tomokazu


Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, In-Between Animation
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Sound Director
Niwa, Keiko
Niwa, Keiko

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Jan 10, 2014 6:16 PM
With Hayao Miyazaki retiring seven times (and returning seven times, too), Studio Ghibli is producing an increasing number of movies directed by new talents, including Hiromasa Yonebayashi. At the time I am writing this review, Ghibli fans around the world are expecting Yonebayashi's new film to premiere this summer... and trust me, those who watched Karigurashi no Arrietty know they're in for a good time.

This is Yonebayashi's directorial debut, Karigurashi no Arrietty, or "the borrower Arrietty", a four-inch-tall girl living with her four-inch-tall family in the nooks and crannies of a country house. They survive by "borrowing" small tools and pieces of food from humans, read more
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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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Dec 27, 2014 8:55 PM
I think this anime is kind of unique, with mini sized human live as theme, makes me very interested to watch it and leave a deep feeling of it. The shades of fantasy is so strong but not exaggerate.

Story: It a simple one, with fine pace, without any boring scene. Ending is almost perfect.

Art & Sound are so-so, I like the background art of it, I don't really have any comment except that.

Characters: the design was fine, either with their personality, seiyu voice are suited well.

Enjoyment: I think Karigurashi no Arrietty will be enjoyable by anyone, although they're not an anime fan. As I mentioned 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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Opening Theme

"The Neglected Garden" by Cécile Corbel

Ending Theme

"Arrietty's song" by Cécile Corbel

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