Karigurashi no Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty
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English: The Secret World of Arrietty
Synonyms: Karigurashi no Arrietti, The Borrower Arrietty
Japanese: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 17, 2010
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Walt Disney Studios
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.001 (scored by 114860114,860 users)
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Ranked: #5452
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Popularity: #636
Members: 188,052
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The world can be a very scary place when you’re small. For Arrietty, though, the only real fear in life is in missing out on a big adventure. 14-year-old Arrietty and her parents live in the small spaces of a human garden. They are what some might call “borrowers”; they take items from the human world to eke out a living amidst the shadows.

Their existence goes mostly undiscovered until the arrival of 12-year-old Shou. When Shou begins to notice small things going missing, he becomes suspicious. He soon meets Arrietty and strikes up a friendship that neither of them could have seen coming. However, this is a friendship fraught with danger due to the obvious risk of Arrietty and her family’s discovery, something that could send the borrowers right into the hands of those that would do them harm. In Karigurashi no Arrietty, Studio Ghibli presents audiences with a beautiful look at the human world... from a much smaller perspective.


Karigurashi no Arrietty is Studio Ghibli’s re-imagining of Mary Norton’s 1952 novel, “The Borrowers.” The film won 5 Tokyo Anime Awards in 2011 for the following categories: Animation of the Year, Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Music, and Notable Entry.

Characters & Voice Actors

Shida, Mirai
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Fujiwara, Tatsuya
Kiki, Kirin
Miura, Tomokazu
Ootake, Shinobu
Takeshita, Keiko


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

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"The Neglected Garden" by Cécile Corbel

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"Arrietty's song" by Cécile Corbel

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Jun 19, 2011
Kuro4735 (All reviews)
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 read more
Feb 21, 2012
P3t3rP4n (All reviews)
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.

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Sep 5, 2011
zozobra (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 27, 2014
MugenDorimu (All reviews)
I think this anime is kind of unique, with mini sized human live as theme, makes me very interested to watch it and leave a deep feeling of it. The shades of fantasy is so strong but not exaggerate.

Story: It a simple one, with fine pace, without any boring scene. Ending is almost perfect.

Art & Sound are so-so, I like the background art of it, I don't really have any comment except that.

Characters: the design was fine, either with their personality, seiyu voice are suited well.

Enjoyment: I think Karigurashi no Arrietty will be enjoyable by anyone, although they're not an anime fan. As I mentioned read more

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