People lost ability to enjoy the pleasures of simple stories... beautifully told simple stories I might add. And this "From Up on Poppy Hill" is one of those stories about good people trying to do the good thing. Contemporary cinema could use more of these. Thank you Goro.
A commendable improvement from Goro after the hit-and-miss 'Tales From Earthsea'. There are tropes to 'Poppy Hill' that are so reminiscent of his father, but distinctive enough to carve out his own animated directorial persona.
It still left some memorable thing that Ghibli never showed before.Yes. It's (Might) the first nearly-real setting that Ghibli ever made. But they didn't show much of it.
Be patience for some enjoyement.^ ^
Agree that this is much better than Goro's previous Ghibli film, Tales from Earthsea. The questions of paternity get a little hacky in the middle, but the film is beguiling enough to overcome it. The sights and sounds of mid-sixties Japan were enthralling and the clubhouse full of young thinkers is magical without the magic. The three tween girls in the cinema adored it and were brushing their tears away afterwards.