Both made by Studio Ghibli, and had a lot of the same feel. Both center on a young girl who has a love interest, although their stories are told in very different ways, and both are about finding yourself. Whisper of the Heart contains more fantasy elements, though.
The stories delve with strong women finding their place and where they wish to go in their lives, yet the story also covers many different time frames. The stories are also heartwarming slice of life pieces.
Some same feelings you can get in this two movies is about "How you can not live alone." and "You should choose yourself your life path." ...
Both the story have main character(s) that leave city's life to make a country's life. And about the pasts that make them to choose their life paths ...
Both deliver refreshing countryside vibes but also depict the hardship of living there.
Even though the protagonists had different reasons to leave the city, both chose to do so because they felt it wasn't the right environment for them.
The Anime involve the theme of dealing with the movement from childhood to adulthood along with what should and shouldn't be left behind. Of course, "Asatte no Houkou" delves into this theme using a supernatural element of a wish, but both series delve with the main characters and what they wish for their futures.
Both.... feature their leads' experience a rather troubling time throughout their own lives...
In a way, the combined viewpoints of the lead from Only Yesterday, directly corresponds with BOTH heroines from Asatte.
The primary theme IS how their childhood directly and indirectly affected their present day AND their views. This, obviously, means that their childhood wasn't exactly privileged, winsome, or specifically grand in any particular way. The only REAL spectacular thing they've had was their own raw determination.
Unfortunately..... only those who've exp. such things firsthand(or secondhand) will most likely appreciate these stories 100%
Only Yesterday was composed by MASTER director Isao Takahata.
....which is proof enough to watch already...
In addition, OY doesn't is strictly slice-of-life. I say this because, Asatte DOES contain a "tiny" little supernatural element to catalyst the beginning. I say this ONLY to give those a means of preference; both series do VERY well what they intend to do... regardless of their methods.
Asatte, as per mentioned above, HAS a fantasy element that kicks the story into gear. Also, this series has an additional theme, that being to appreciate, cherish, respect and "learn" from being an adult/child. This additional theme IS, admittedly, present in OY, but featured a bit more.... prominently here. read more
When it's at its best, Hanasaku Iroha manages to echo ''Only Yesterday's'' nuanced, wonderfully poignant and surprisingly subtle story about youth, growing up and making the best of your lot in life. Both works are proof that slice-of-life stories can be so much more than archetypes doing cute things 24/7.
In both movies, the protagonist returns to their old towns in the countryside from the city. They are dispassionate and apathetic as adults because their dreams and meaning in life have become dull. When they return to their small towns, a lot has changed. However, a lot has also remained, and as the protagonists reminisce about their past, they rediscover their passions and values. Aki no Kanade is about a professional Taiko drummer who comes back to help with the revival of a old festival and ties up the loose ends of her youth. In Omoide Poroporo, the protagonist rediscovers her feelings and enjoyment in simple country life.
Both series are full of subtlety, nostalgia, and contain a touch of realism (more so in Omoide Poroporo). They are about adults who validate and reassure their decisions in life, their identity, and reignite their sense of self by revisiting their pasts. read more
Slow-paced, sentimental slice-of-life about a city girl living on a rural Japanese farm. Figure 17 adds a subplot involving space cops hunting xenomorphs, but that doesn't do much to change the tone or pacing of the story. If you want a relaxing, nostalgic trip through the countryside and have the patience for a sometimes lethargic narrative, you'll probably like both of these.
If you think that the country life is better than the city life then you must watch this anime. Both stories has as main issue the dicothomy between the rural life and the modern life, but with different perspectives. In the case of Omohide Poroporo you could see the idealism of the country life since the perspective of a woman from Tokyo. In the case of Heidi you can see the other point of view: a girl who travel from the mountains to the city where the modern life prevails with its superficials relationships. However, in Heidi the dicothomy is deeper an realistic: it exposes the colective life and social control of the rural life versus the individualism and the paradojically lonely of the city life. read more
Nostalgia play a big part in these stories. Unsure of their futures, both main characters look back into their meaningful pasts in an effort to regroup their thoughts and decide what they really want for their lives onwards.
Lost young souls explore the world around them, and begin to discover their life paths. Both are also full of very expressive, artful visuals perfectly chosen to represent the emotional states of the protagonists.
Some of the family slice-of-life drama in only yesterday reminded me a lot of yamadas. Family interactions are realistic and have been excellently handled. Some of the comedy in both is pretty good, although the style is somewhat different.
They're both by Isao Takahata (grave of the fireflies), and they share some retro-sensibilities with each other. Takahata has done a wide variety of stuff, so no two works would be same. But You can feel some of the same creative energies behind these two movies. They're both slice-of-life movies about a family; while yamadas is more focused on comedy gags, only yesterday goes for more drama.  read more
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"
Truthfully, Only Yesterday's main character and moral greatly resembles a supporting(some would call main, including me) character from Welcome to the NHK!.
Both have a past that directly and indirectly lead up to where they are now.
Both characters seem to not be SOOOO greatly affected by their past struggles, but... in reality, realize that it's been a part of them the entire time...
I consider both a MUST-see to all and every who love their slice-of-life stories to be a bit... heavier in topic.
Of course.... people who've exp. similar circumstances might appreciate these stories even more! Which is a plus!!!
OY is.... a bit more audience friendly, which is saying a lot since NHK is practically rated R.
Aside from content though, the OY is quite straightforward. It's purpose becoming more and more prominent throughout the movie. It's not necessarily... a universal topic, i.e. something that everyone's familiar with, but... it's treated with more intent of an eye-opener than NHK is. Ironically... the lead wishes to be where NHK's character doesn't!
Heavy in multiple themes and with a wide array in disturbing content, NHK beats OY as a psychological study, in ADDITION to being having a similar story as OY.
The resembling character used a deterrent inside of directly persevering, which leads to him becoming more in denial than the lead of OY. His story shares a similar run, including his end.... and his epilogue. read more