Omoide no Marnie

When Marnie Was There

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 思い出のマーニー
English: When Marnie Was There
German: Erinnerungen an Marnie
Spanish: El Recuerdo de Marnie
French: Souvenirs de Marnie
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2014
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.051 (scored by 159817159,817 users)
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Ranked: #5522
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Popularity: #807
Members: 291,332
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Suffering from frequent asthma attacks, young Anna Sasaki is quiet, unsociable, and isolated from her peers, causing her foster parent endless worry. Upon recommendation by the doctor, Anna is sent to the countryside, in hope that the cleaner air and more relaxing lifestyle will improve her health and help clear her mind. Engaging in her passion for sketching, Anna spends her summer days living with her aunt and uncle in a small town near the sea.

One day while wandering outside, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh House. However, she soon finds that the residence isn't as vacant as it appears to be, running into a mysterious girl named Marnie. Marnie's bubbly demeanor slowly begins to draw Anna out of her shell as she returns night after night to meet with her new friend. But it seems there is more to the strange girl than meets the eye—as her time in the town nears its end, Anna begins to discover the truth behind the walls of the Marsh House.

Omoide no Marnie tells the touching story of a young girl's journey through self-discovery and friendship, and the summer that she will remember for the rest of her life.

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Omoide no Marnie is based on Joan G. Robinson's English children's novel classic When Marnie Was There.

The movie was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 38th Japan Academy Prize Awards and Best Animated Feature Film at the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2015. The movie won an award for Best Animated Feature Film at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in 2015. Other nominations include Best Animated Feature (Independent) at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards and Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016.

Characters & Voice Actors


Arimura, Kasumi

Sasaki, Anna

Takatsuki, Sara


Yasuda, Ken


Kuroki, Hitomi

Ooiwa, Setsu

Negishi, Toshie


Sugisaki, Hana


Shiraishi, Haruka

Sasaki, Yoriko

Matsushima, Nanako

Ooiwa, Kiyomasa

Terajima, Susumu

Elderly Lady

Moriyama, Ryouko


Kasamatsu, Kouji
Sound Director
Andou, Masashi
Script, Screenplay, Animation Director, Character Design, Key Animation


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Ending Theme

"Fine on the Outside" by Priscilla Ahn


Oct 5, 2023
Hm, I suppose I should preface this review by saying it's how the film made me feel. If you're looking for a review that tells you whether or not you should watch it maybe this isn't it.

It doesn't surprise me that When Marnie Was There was based on a novel. Watching the film almost makes you feel like you're under the covers of some big Victorian-style room as you flip through the pages of an old leather novel, and are transported to another world.

I don't mean Marnie is fantasy, it seems like in all of Studio Ghibli's works they have the ability to transport you ...
Nov 26, 2021
Mixed Feelings

Alike so many others, I have a place in my heart for Studio Ghibli and their whimsical tales and wondrous animation. Rarely do I find myself disliking the work they put out, if ever. But...this movie was a first.

Protagonist: Anna. To some extent, I understand that she was going through an unhealthy mental state. I understand that she's a preteen. We were all moody when we were that age, we all had irrational behavior and outbursts, too. And yet, I couldn't entirely relate to her. She actually annoyed me a lot of the time, especially when it came to her actions toward the girls ...
Sep 21, 2020
I would like to start off by saying that I am a huge ghibli fan. It has always been my all time favourite and I have been impressed over and over again by their work.

However, I'm afraid I can't really say the same about this one. I understand that this movie was based off a novel, and I'm sure that the storyline was much clearer there. In the film however, I had no idea what was going on and even the ending explanation left me confused and unsatisfied.

I sat through the whole film hoping it would get better but unfortunately it was a ...

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