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
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.101 (scored by 2677226,772 users)
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Ranked: #37112
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3168
Members: 49,112
Favorites: 109

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Suzuki, Toshio
Takahata, Isao
Director, Screenplay
Tanabe, Osamu
Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting
Momose, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting


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Ending Theme

"Hitoribocchi wa Yameta (ひとりぼっちはやめた, Quit Being Alone)" by Akiko Yano


Jul 9, 2008
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)

Aug 4, 2018
Mixed Feelings
I hate the visual style but if you're a fan of greeting card illustrations, maybe you'll dig it. There's some traditional family value messages in there but not to the point where it's a big problem. Just a little boring and cheesy.

I think this movie is for the more family-oriented crowd; those of you who like curling up with a big mug of tea and vibing with the very grounded but nostalgia-drenched fuzzy love memories of your own family.

It's got a gentle sort of charm but, like, it's not overly charming. Not a bad film, but, in the end, just kind of... whatever.
Jul 19, 2019
Do you like Ghibli movies? Do you love Ghibli's art style? Do you love Ghibli's characters? THEN DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE

This movie is a series of short stories, so there isn't one story I can talk about. Most of the short stories in this movie are incredibly boring, like, struggling to keep your eyes open boring. There are maybe one or two decent ones, but for the most part, the movie will be making you want to turn it off. If I didn't want to watch all the Ghibli movies all the way through (except Extraordinary Tales, I couldn't ...

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