Karigurashi no Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty

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Synonyms: Karigurashi no Arrietti, The Borrower Arrietty
Japanese: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ
English: The Secret World of Arrietty
German: Arietty: Die Wundersame Welt der Borger
Spanish: Arrietty y el Mundo de los Diminutos
French: Arrietty, Le Petit Monde des Chapardeurs
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 17, 2010
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.891 (scored by 206722206,722 users)
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Ranked: #7512
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Popularity: #661
Members: 328,304
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While spending the summer at his aunt's house, the young but sickly Shou makes an amazing discovery: after following the house cat into the bushes, he gets a glimpse of a miniature girl about the size of his finger! Calling her kind "Borrowers," as they survive on tiny bits of human possessions, the girl introduces herself as Arrietty. As he discovers that she lives in the house basement with her parents, Pod and Homily, Shou becomes imaginably excited at the idea of such unique neighbors.

However, he fails to understand the adversities they face on a daily basis. In addition to keeping their existence hidden, they must also embark on perilous adventures into human territory, from the house to the outdoors, in order to make a living. Despite her parents' warnings, Arrietty befriends Shou, stirring up unexpected events that may change their lives forever.

Delighting the eye and conquering the heart, the breath-taking story of a friendship transcending the tensions between two different human kinds begins.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Karigurashi no Arrietty is an adaptation of the 1952 novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It also marks the cinematic debut of Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The film score was composed by French recording artist and musician Cécile Corbel, the first time a non-Japanese composer has worked with Studio Ghibli.

Receiving highly positive reviews praising the animation and music, the film won the Animation of the Year award at the 34th Japan Academy Prize award ceremony and became the highest grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office in 2010, grossing over $145 million worldwide. It is also the fourth-highest-grossing anime film in the United States, and the highest not based on a game franchise.

Characters & Voice Actors


Shida, Mirai


Kamiki, Ryunosuke


Fujiwara, Tatsuya


Miura, Tomokazu


Kiki, Kirin


Ootake, Shinobu


Takeshita, Keiko


Suzuki, Toshio
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, In-Between Animation
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Kasamatsu, Kouji
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"The Neglected Garden" by Cécile Corbel

Ending Theme

"Arrietty's song" by Cécile Corbel

Jun 19, 2011
Studio Ghibli is quite renowned for it’s rather large portfolio of acclaimed family movies, and you could definitely add Karigurashi no Arrietty to that list. Ghibli usually makes two types of movies, either fantasy movies that focus on themes that are rather critical of problems in society (Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Nausicca come to mind), whereas in more recent times we’ve seen more slice-of-life fantasy adventure movies. Arrietty fits more into the latter, with it’s setting being modern day society with a small little twist; there are tiny, tiny people living under the house, and they borrow from humans to survive. Tiny as in maybe ...
Feb 21, 2012
This movie started very similar to Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli 2001. Driving in a car to somewhere introducing us to the 'main' character. AUDI in Spirited Away, Mercedes in Arrietty. With a similar opening theme 11 years later they must have found it effective. Hayao Miyazaki writer and Director of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle(2004), and planning and Screenplay for The Secret World of Arrietty. The storyline is based on 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton and the music, which incorporated many celtic themes especially enhanced by the harp, was by Cécile Corbel.

Sep 5, 2011
Studio Ghibli has a massive reputation in the world of animation, deservedly sitting at the zenith alongside the equally excellent Pixar. Cars 2 might have been a lull in the otherwise excellent back catalogue; unfortunately it’s been a long time since I could happily call myself a fan of Ghibli. Since the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the studio has been stuck in a state of ever diminishing returns with the frankly over-rated Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and the low point in Tales of the Earthsea. Ghibli is back in 2011 with the Borrower Arrietty, the immediate question that strikes me as a fan is whether this ...

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