This film is Yoshifumi Kondo's One Film Wonder(who sadly passed away after the release of the film).The film is simple in does not have any heavy symbolism but portrays two teenagers love story in a beautiful manner.Although many criticize the ending to be rushed up,I guess it is film is the Anthem for every single Artist in the planet
Paglisan at pangako ng pagbabalik. Sinseridad sa siyudad. Pagkilala sa sarili. Ang manipis na alambreng tatawirin ng isa mula pagkabata at pagtanda. Payak at magaan ang pelikulang may pangako nang pagtimo dahil sino nga ba naman ang ayaw magmahal at mahalin, pagkatapos ng lahat-lahat ng ito? Kung may igaganda pa ang mundo.
This understated Ghibli triumph, notable for traits from the slice-of-life anime sub-genre, transcends Ghibli's trademark magic realist oeuvre. What's particularly affecting is Shizuku's passion for study and literature and Seiji's grandfather's independent family business (violin manufacturers). The celebration of craftsmanship, imagination and due diligence in any vocation lingers well after viewing.
Just plain sincere. A coming of age tale at the liminal state between youth and womanhood for Shizuku, and as such we see flashes into a probing and existential adulthood, along with childlike flights of fancy. A lovely moment in a person's life portrayed here--a blip in the timeline of life where a person finally feels one with their age, capable, and in the present, happy.
3-3.5. It's funny that for all the places this is billed as a love story, it really doesn't land as one. Seiji never seems deeper than being a harbinger for Shizuku's dreams and wishes. He only works as a catalyst for Shizuku's development and internal reconciliation of dreams with reality. That being said, the movie's way with metaphor is the real star (loved the final mingling of the town and sky).