Tonari no Yamada-kun

My Neighbors the Yamadas

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Synonyms: Houhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun, Hoohokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun
Japanese: ホーホケキョ となりの山田くん
English: My Neighbors the Yamadas
German: Meine Nachbarn die Yamadas
Spanish: Mis Vecinos Los Yamada
French: Mes voisins Les Yamada
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 17, 1999
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.131 (scored by 2241122,411 users)
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Ranked: #33572
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Popularity: #2929
Members: 41,369
Favorites: 89

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From squabbles about groceries against the ambient noise of the TV to their daily shenanigans, the Yamada family invites only a few unusual gazes—similar to any typical household. But despite their prickly exteriors, each of them genuinely cares for one another, making sure to smile and laugh through their otherwise dull and mundane lives. Tonari no Yamada-kun is an intimate and fun look into the lives of a typical Japanese family.

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Tonari no Yamada-kun received the Excellence Award for animation at the third annual Japan Media Arts Festival in 1999.

The film was originally released on DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on August 16, 2005 in North America. After distributor GKIDS announced they had licensed many of Studio Ghibli's catalog for movie distribution in July 2017, Shout! Factory re-released Tonari no Yamada-kun on Blu-ray and DVD on January 16, 2018.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Suzuki, Toshio
Takahata, Isao
Director, Screenplay
Tanabe, Osamu
Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting
Pannetier, Jean-Marc
Script, ADR Director


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Jul 9, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)
Story: 10 (Refreshing family story thats not cliche)
Art: 8 (Very unique, take on the comedy style)
Sound: 7 (Average slice of life/comedy effects)
Character: 10 (resembles my family almost perfectly)
Enjoyment: 10 (everything in this movie i can relate to)
Overall: 45/50 = 9.0 (Excellent anime for family time)

::Full Review::
I managed to stumble upon this gem of a show simply by walking in the wrong film room at the Anime Expo. Man, if i didn't walk in that room I would have never discovered how great of a show this was. It's not your typical movie style movie, instead, its told in a dozen or so situations all involving read more
Oct 15, 2007
dollie_mixtures (All reviews)
Despite being a fan of Studio Ghibli, this release somehow passed my by. Today, I'm adding it to my "re-watch" list, somewhere near the top. Whatever you may think anime is, throw it out the window, this is not a typical show.

You watch the first few minutes thinking that it's the credits and you wait until you realise, this isn't the credits, it's the story! The unique style of animation throws you in for a loop, but it's not bad. Yes, it's simple, more like a moving comic strip than animation, but simple does not mean sloppy. Each line and curve of the drawings read more
Apr 11, 2018
makoto_shiro (All reviews)
I find it refreshing and warm. I have thought of giving it to my friends as gift on their wedding/wedding anniversary since it's about family, being a spouse, being a parent, being a child and grandchild and being an daughter/son in-law.

As a Studio Ghibli fan, I make it a point to watch all their movies, not only because I it's a Studio Ghibli but I get surprised every time I watch one.

And although this is a less popular work of Isao Takahata, as compared to The Grave of Fireflies, and Kaguyahime, I don't agree that this is "lesser" than the other Studio Ghibli works.
May 23, 2009
JTurner (All reviews)
Of all the movies Studio Ghibli has produced, "My Neighbers the Yamadas" could probably be the most unconventional of them all. This family comedy feels like a very jarring change of pace for director Isao Takahata, the man who gave us a heartbreaker in "Grave of the Fireflies" and a docudrama fantasy oddity called "Pom Poko"

For one thing, the feature is not--I repeat, IS NOT--plot-oriented. It comes across as a series of individual skits involving the titular family in their day-to-day life. The lack of a narrative may put off people beforehand, but doing so could very well deprive you of a most delightful--and refreshingly read more

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