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 211907211,907 users)
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Ranked: #7552
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Popularity: #668
Members: 336,826
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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.<br /> <br /> 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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Shida, Mirai


Kamiki, Ryunosuke


Fujiwara, Tatsuya


Kiki, Kirin


Ootake, Shinobu


Miura, Tomokazu


Takeshita, Keiko


Suzuki, Toshio
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Director, Storyboard, In-Between Animation, Key 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 ...
Jul 23, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Arrietty is a tiny person. When I say tiny, I mean only about 10cm tall! The tiny people live in the house of a sickly human boy named Sho, who has always heard about the little people of the house from his mother. Arrietty and her family are borrowers, tucked away in the house and ‘borrowing’ items that the humans are unlikely to notice are missing. After narrowly escaping being seen by Sho whilst outside, Arrietty is excited to start on her first borrowing herself, with her father, Pod. When an encounter with Sho leaves her family very concerned, Arrietty must decide whether the bridge ...
Dec 31, 2018
It's hard coming to terms with the gradual disillusionment with Studio Ghibli. Save for a handful of classics, once you look past some initially pretty visuals, you'll see the empty, wasted potential of a film. And unfortunately, this one is one of those duds.

The greatest fumble here is the narrative. It's an unfocused, shallow hackjob of cobbled together plots and plot seedlings that never develop or go anywhere, or if they do, amount to nothing. The film sows seeds near the beginning of numerous lines for the movie to follow. Sho's illness, his being pawned off on his aunt for convalescence while his mother goes ...

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Poll: Karigurashi no Arrietty Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 )
rctgamer3 - Mar 9, 2011
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Absolutely perfect for people starting watching anime with J-subs
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How is the dub?
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The Secret World of Arriety ..... Music Video?
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