What a bittersweet, charming, old fashioned story Miyazaki has given us. Quite wonderful achievement in both storytelling and animation. While not an especially dynamic heroine or story the film does sweep over the viewer and becomes intoxicating in its own sweet, quaint way. Not necesarrily a studio ghibli classic but certainly a worthy addition to the canon.
Studio Ghibli never ceases to astound with its ability to evoke wonder and feeling in its audience. What more can I say? It was such a shame to hear about Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from making feature films (I can't wait to see 'The Wind Rises'), but it is pleasing to know that one of his sons at least partially tries to continue his father's work. I look forward to watching him grow as a director.