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Tonari no Yamada-kun

Alternative Titles

English: My Neighbors the Yamadas
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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 17, 1999
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: 4-koma manga
Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.331 (scored by 10,186 users)
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Ranked: #22742
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2501
Members: 19,266
Favorites: 45


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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
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
Jun 16, 2016
Supringus (All reviews)
Story: 8
Art: 9
Sound: 7
Character: 10
Enjoyment: 9
Overall: 9

My Neighbor the Yamadas is a very interesting film, even by Studio Ghibli standards. While it’s one of the lesser known films by the studio, and takes place in a more “realistic” setting, it was still one of the most magical films I’ve seen in recent memory.

When people think of Studio Ghibli, a few familiar people and films come to mind: Spirited Away, Totoro and of course, Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki’s praise is well-earned - every film of his I’ve seen have become instant classics in my book (fitting to his Walt Disney comparisons, I hope my children have these read more
Sep 16, 2014
angelsreview (All reviews)
This is a very different show then what Studio Ghibli has done before, talking more about a regular family and not having a continuing plot. In my mind, this could have been a couple of 15 minute shorts more then a actual movie and it probably would of done a bit better since as I watched, I became very confused. They time skip a lot making it sometimes hard to figure out where we are in the story but then there are things that really don’t need a time too.

The characters really don’t have anything that actually makes them stand out. They are just read more
Aug 30, 2015
DaDerpBear (All reviews)
It's nice to see movies that just chill down, and take you into a silly slice of life. I ran into this movie when I saw that the dub had just came out on the website I watch anime on, and I was intrigued by the synopsis, but I watched the sub.

Story: 7
Tonari no Yamada-kun is a movie that is filled with a whole lot of shorts, that range from short to long, that show the Yamada family experiencing all of the wonders in life. One of the first long shorts deals with the Yamada's accidental leaving of their daughter, Nonoko, all alone at a read more
Mar 12, 2009
akina47 (All reviews)
i loved it. i watched it like 3 or 4 times. i love anime that shows slice of life. it was a good comedy too. i watched it dubbed in english and dubs were super too. i give 10 points.