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02-23-11, 11:27 AM

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Davi3d said:
Most certainly not recommended for cynics.


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I just need to state here that I absolutely love this film with all of my heart. It is unbelievably uplifting, if the viewer lets go of all trace of cynicism


well unfortunately, I've been a bit more cynical than my usual self lately and that did hamper my enjoyment a bit, but I still enjoyed the movie a lot. I liked the the message, and the scene with the jamming session was probably my fav, followed by the 2-3 scenes of her story (Surreal! ) And the animation was just amazing. I kind of like that 90s feel to the movie and its presentation; I absolutely love the late 80s-90s vibe in any movie, anime or no.

insan3soldiern said:

Oh, it's possible. I just always thought the Miyazaki movies were lacking in characterization. .


actually this isnt a miyazaki movie, the director is someone else but its by the same studio created by Miyazaki, takahata isao (Grave of the fireflies) and toshio suzuki (chief producer of Ghibli).

Also i kind of agree with Chumlum, complexity is an overrated aspect. What I feel more important is the technical aspects, presentation, direction, soundness of the concept, writing etc. But that is only my personal preferance and may not apply to everyone.

Movies like totoro or spirited away are more for sensual pleasure and the experience rather than something like 'complexity of the story', which is a different kind of a storytelling, like monster or legend of galactic heroes. I guess what I'm trying to say is story and character development are relative aspects and not quantitative characteristics
"...our faces marked by toil, by deceptions, by success, by love; our weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, that while it is expected is already gone – has passed unseen, in a sigh, in a flash – together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.” - Joseph Conrad ('Youth')
 
02-25-11, 8:32 AM

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actually this isnt a miyazaki movie

Miyazaki is listed as 'creator.' I imagine that means he wrote the script adaption, which given his notoriety, I doubt the director took that many liberties with. Miyazaki definitely had a hand in this.
 
02-26-11, 1:03 PM

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hmm I checked ANN and it lists miyazaki in screenplay and storyboard as well as director for the fantasy sequences (from her book), although the chief director is yoshifumi kondo. I guess miyazaki did have a major role in the project.
"...our faces marked by toil, by deceptions, by success, by love; our weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, that while it is expected is already gone – has passed unseen, in a sigh, in a flash – together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.” - Joseph Conrad ('Youth')
 
02-26-11, 1:13 PM

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cant see my post yet so I'll edit this later. Just wanted to add that Miyazaki cant technically be a 'creator' since its based on a shoujo manga by Aoi Hiiragi. I wasnt aware that miyazaki did the screenplay and storyboard though
"...our faces marked by toil, by deceptions, by success, by love; our weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, that while it is expected is already gone – has passed unseen, in a sigh, in a flash – together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.” - Joseph Conrad ('Youth')
 
05-15-11, 5:41 PM

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Is it just me or was the bed sometimes right next to Tsukishima's desk and at other times it was a windows length away? That was really strange..

Anyway, I enjoyed the movie, but I felt the second half was a bit rushed.. She was still only just showing her story to the old man, and I checked the time and there was only 10-20 minutes left >_<

I am a sucker for a good slice-of-life + romance so I liked it anyway..
 
05-16-11, 2:22 PM

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Such a lovely movie this was, enjoyed every second of it.
 
05-22-11, 2:58 PM

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Another great Ghibli movie, I can see why people feel like the ending was a little rushed, but either way I thought it was a very lovely movie, I liked it a lot.
 
08-25-11, 6:39 AM

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Ghibli movies are one of the best ! This movie was great , but how did the two cats from the movie "The Cat Returns" end up there ? However the story was great . For me the best moment was when Shizuku gave the book to Seiji's grandfather and then she cried .
 
09-05-11, 12:09 PM

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What a beautiful movie! I just watched a couple of Ghibli Movies this summer and really liked the pace and style of Ocean Waves.

But this movie.. I absolutely loved it !
 
10-23-11, 2:47 PM

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I saw this a few years back but I forgot what it was all about, I remember loving it though. After re-watching it, this is definitely my favorite Ghibli movie, I loved every single moment.
 
02-17-12, 9:15 AM

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there are two other things that got me confused. If anyone cares to explain.

1. When Shizuku goes back to get her book and meets Seiji, he says "you should drop that Concrete Home thing", then there's the second encounter when he returns Shizuku's lunch (which was her dad's) and leaves singing the tune (in a teasing manner?), THEN at end of the movie he says he didn't even remember saying "you should drop that Concrete Home thing". Seiji is weird or that's just how flirting goes?

2. Seiji wanted to go to Cremona to make violins, but first he was going somewhere for two months to get his skills tested. Was this place also Cremona? I don't get it.



Yeah Seiji was teasing Shizuku the first two times he mentioned Concrete Roads, he wasn't serious about it. It was just something he said then forgot. He honestly didn't remember. Obviously what he said bothered Shizuku, but boys are just that way sometimes.

Seiji went to a school for making violins in Italy for two months. Most probably in Cremona. I don't remember really. It would have been like an internship kind of thing.
 
02-25-12, 4:09 AM

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So, hmm, the main female character translates music from English to Japanese and reads a lot of books, which indicates she's mature, yet, when she finds a cat somewhere, she goes after him?
What kind of convenient writing is this, just to get her to that store?

And the old man is Seiji's grandfather (I read his MAL profile)? dafuq, what are the odds?
Am I the only one noticing this kind of stuff?

EDIT: *finishes the movie*
Well, besides that, the movie was good. Not sure if 6 or 7, going with the first.
Also, they talked like, 5 times, and are already getting married? lulwat

And yes, whether someone knows English or not is the best indication of maturity. :P
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02-25-12, 4:48 AM

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So, hmm, the main female character translates music from English to Japanese and reads a lot of books, which indicates she's mature

Yes, this is a wonderful indication of maturity ;).
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04-14-12, 6:09 AM

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Hmm... I thought it was awesome until the ending/second half... I also have to agree about the part with the cat - I mean, sure, I got no right to complain about "reality" in an anime movie, but that part was so... meh... there should have been another -better- way for her to find the store..
But other than that, I really enjoyed it.
 
04-27-12, 7:54 PM

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airbehindbirds said:
Raitei said:
Is it just me or was the bed sometimes right next to Tsukishima's desk and at other times it was a windows length away? That was really strange..


Yes. Short (bit.ly/wX1ulM) and long (bit.ly/vYX10F)


Think for a moment about what event happened between those two screencaps.

 
05-23-12, 5:37 PM

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lol @ impromptu jam session
gosh did they have to announce it to the class like that? XD "otoko no!"
is it just me or the Baron changes his pose sometimes..
Seiji is too kakkoi lol
the Baron is def changing his pose! O_o
dafuq? @ the ending ._.
 
07-07-12, 12:58 PM

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This is my favorite Ghibli film after Totoro, no lie. Kondo was so talented. He'd be discussed today with the same reverence as Takahata and Miyazaki if he hadn't left us so soon. :(
 
07-12-12, 3:47 AM

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Although its hard to point out exactly what part I like in this movie, I do like this movie in overall. There's just something about it that makes this movie a memorable one.
 
07-25-12, 3:06 PM

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I loved this movie from the start, but the last scene, when Shizuku wakes up at dawn and sees Seiji... the weather (^_^), steep hill climbing was my fav

however, did anyone else notice the distance-increase between the bed and the writing desk between scenes???? kinda odd
 
07-26-12, 1:45 AM

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Netalie said:
however, did anyone else notice the distance-increase between the bed and the writing desk between scenes???? kinda odd

I read this mentioned in some other place, apparently the reason is that Shizuku's sister leaves, and therefore there is a reallocation of the furniture when her bed is not needed in the room.
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04-25-13, 10:08 PM

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For a while I thought that I was going to be disappointed with this one, which made me upset since I had high hopes for it. I liked the english Country Roads songs and the bustling town introduction, but afterwards the next 30 minutes just seemed really kind of bland and slow.. it bothered me that she was following a cat around town, and that led her to that store. I couldn't even tell where the movie was going, besides getting the picture that this was a slice of life coming of age film.

But around 45 minutes, the story started to pick up. I particularly really liked the confession conversation where it was revealed that they were both pretty dense.. and I think that was the point where her coming of age journey started. When she was alone in her room later, and she said, "You idiot, You're the dense one" I like to think that she was talking to/about herself, though it was ambiguous.

After that, really the best word to describe the rest of the movie is "magical," and it's exactly that. Shizuku's kind of a brash girl, and I didn't like her too much at times, but she's overall a realistic, relatable character. We probably all know the feeling of wanting to succeed at something at a really young age when you see others the same age as you doing so many other great things, being hard on yourself, having difficult relationships with siblings and family.. and the way everything was weaved together and resolved seemed really believable.

My favorite thing about this film is the soundtrack though. It was what I liked most during the beginning when I wasn't enjoying the film.. and I noticed how diverse it is. There's like electronic selections when she's in town, then there's lots of strings, and it all fits together pretty well. It's not like a masterpiece of an ost where every song complements every situation/character perfectly, but every track sounded pleasant or magnificent, and there are a few parts of the movie that I'll remember for what was happening and the background music that it was paired with.

Finally, the english dub isn't as good as the dubs for other Ghibli movies, but it's ok.

LOL, the ending.. "Shizuku, I LOVE YOU!!!"

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Netalie said:
however, did anyone else notice the distance-increase between the bed and the writing desk between scenes???? kinda odd

I read this mentioned in some other place, apparently the reason is that Shizuku's sister leaves, and therefore there is a reallocation of the furniture when her bed is not needed in the room.
I noticed this too. I'm pretty sure the bunk bed was still in the room though subsequent to her sister leaving, but beforehand the room was split into Shizuku's side of the room and her sister's side (when they were vacumming, the sister told her to vacuum her side). Afterwards, I think the bunk bed was just pushed all the way over to the other wall.
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06-26-13, 3:17 AM

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I love this movie! It's so heart warming!
I really like the part where Shizuku sang accompanied by the violin and other instruments. ♥
9/10

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12-06-13, 8:47 AM

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Love it. =))
That ending was so cute.

"Even if it's just little. I wanna see you smile."

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12-06-13, 10:07 AM

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One of my favorite anime movies.
So MAL finally starts locking news threads that are only a few weeks old?

I wonder where was the announcement of this change? Or we are seeing yet another case of changes made that impacted users but not communicated to them?

I wonder how long people would put up with this.

As much as I have a bunch of information to share about anime announced recently I cannot share it in news board, and the anime series is too disorganized and chaotic to share information except with people already interested in the particular series.
 
12-30-13, 8:09 AM

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The ending is so romantic. 8/10
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01-18-14, 6:55 PM

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I have seen this movie about oh 50 times or so over the last 6 or 7 years and everytime I see it I think it truly is a masterpiece I have seen both the dubbed and subbed version and for me I think the English was done very good for me there was something missing from the japanese VA I just cant figure out what that is dont get me wrong I would watch this movie again and again but then again that is the same in almost all the Studio Ghibli Films

Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke was my very first SG films well I cant remember just which one I saw first I am pretty sure it was Princess Mononoke though. I love both of these Movies and watch them at least 3 times a year if not more.

Spirited Away is just an amazing movie another I try to watch at least 3 times a year. Love everything about this movie

Howl's Moving Castle again is just a breathtaking movie everything about all of there movies have such a oh do I put it have such a aura about them that just makes anyone want to watch them even if that person doesnt care about anime at all like my mom she could care less but she has sat down and watched

Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Kiki's Delivery Service
Whisper Of The Heart
My Neighbor Totoro
and I think Howl's Moving Castle but cant remember

yes I know there is still so many she hasnt seen oh wait just remembered one
The Secret World Of Arrietty

She enjoyed every single one of them granted she is normally sad with the ending bc most of the time the main characters dont end up together such as
Princess Mononoke
The Secret World Of Arrietty
Spirited Away

seriously need I say more all Masterpieces but that is there only downside I still have a few i need to see like Grave Of The Fireflies, Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday, n there new one I cant think of the name of it right now

To find out that Miyasaki is retiring is heartbreaking bc for me he is the foundation of truly spectacular, amazing, breathtaking and heart warming movies and all of them at SG

it would be a dream come true to be able to meet the creators of such masterpieces that people all over the world fall in love with

*bows* Arigatou Miyasaki-sama for such amazing films
 
01-30-14, 1:13 PM

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At least it has a decent moral, I think.. But damn! It was by far the most boring Ghibli film I've seen. Even Omoide Poroporo which had its dull moments, was far more interesting than this.
It might even be one of the most boring movies I've ever seen in my life in general.
 
05-19-14, 10:00 AM

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That was great. A classic.

8/10
 
08-18-14, 12:50 AM

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Just a lovely, honest little slice of life and that's all it needed to be.

Ranks pretty high among Ghibli films for me. I get a little teary-eyed thinking about how I wish Kondo had stayed with us a little longer.
 
08-22-14, 12:27 AM

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A pretty decent movie. 8/10
 
09-18-14, 10:33 AM

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I'm not going to lie it was the slowest paced Ghibli movie I watched so far to the point that it makes it boring. The story started to pick up towards the middle of the movie but from that point on it was just spectacular. A true masterpiece if you will.

Music is what carried the first half. The song "Country Roads" really fits the show and we can hear it throughout the movie. But my favorite though is the characters. They are just too real and very relate-able. The struggles of what you want to want to do in life, making hard decisions and seeing your friends moving forward while you're just standing there wondering the things you want to achieve. This show came very timely in my life (or maybe a little too late) as I'm already working and seeing my friends succeeding in life while I still don't know what to do. After seeing this movie though, like Shizuku, I feel inspired to pursue the things I want to do and succeed in doing what makes me happy.

Ok enough of that crap and back to the movie. This one has a different feel to it but as in all Ghibli films it always leaves a good impression and a warm feeling after watching it and also the wonderful life lessons you can pick up. 11/10 for Miyazaki-sensei.
 
09-27-14, 2:19 PM

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Another of Ghibli's masterpiece, great tale of first loves and growing up and the movie I enjoyed all the way.
I take this as sort of autobiography of Hiiragi Aoi who also wrote the manga of this.

Yoshifumi Kondou managed to grasp living atmosphere of Japanese city with all its inhabitants and the central story of Shizuku and her coming of age was great. Just about every character acted as close as it would acted in the real life and that's something you don't see so often.

Watching this some 20 years after the movie came out it also felt a bit nostalgic and the song Take me home, Country Roads by John Denver fit the theme of this movie very well.

The end could have been a little bit better and the relation between two main characters fleshed out better but well, it was good enough. At least they hinted at Sugimura and Harada going out in the end.

8/10 I really recommend this to everyone because this movie portraits daily life perfectly.
 
01-24-15, 5:48 AM

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epic masterpiece ,,,,, everything is perfect in this anime of course it is ,,,it's ghibli also i am just like shizuku so this story is very warm and dear to me :3
 
03-10-15, 7:14 PM

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Dat old man. He's the real MVP. ( ͡°╭͜ʖ╮͡° )

It was a very beautiful movie, both in term of animation, scenery and music. His weak point is probably in its storytelling (more precisely in the handling of romance), but I'll come back on that.

The animation, what is there to say about that? It simply was amazing, in all it's remade 1080p glory. Seriously, the old animation had such a way to give an emotive impact, not that I mean that it is impossible in our current animation era. I really felt like I was within Tokyo life and city. The low middle-class life was so well represented, it was really great. The complete mess in the house coupled with the fact that the apartment was so small brought so much life into the little family. The scenery was so powerful too. Between the swarming Tokyo, the suburban alleys and the surrounding mountain bordering the city, every details was there.

One of the strong point of the movie was definitely its OST. It really gave the tone and improved the story pacing, which was a bit too slow for my taste. Between the ambiant music, the choral and improvised singing from the cast and the overall OST, everything was perfectly executed. Even myself that isn't at all into country music found myself waving my head, hypnotised by the interpretation of ''Take Me Home, Country Roads''! It was to me an anthology scene, when all the old folks appeared and started playing with the younglings.

Isn't romance beautiful? It really is, making all sort of fuzzy feelings. Such a cute little movie, full of love. Sadly though, I think it wasn't enough exploited or at least, I felt like we missed some devellopement between Shizuku and Seiji. I could definitely see the chemistry between the two, but it happened so fast, without any warning. I noticed tho that Sugimura and Yuuko seem to have got closer, in the ending.

I honestly though that it was a very beautiful Ghibli, giving a very interesting message. Life isn't forged from what the others see in us or what they want us to be, it come from within us and what we feel to do/become. Inspiration can come from unexpected places and feelings. If I was still in my adolescence, that kind of message would have probably helped me, but I hope it help others young ones who are confused about their life.
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