Ghibli's experimentation with alternate directors suits the evolution of its output. Whilst Miyazaki and Takahata are clearly the masters, diversity is the spice of invention. Mochizuki's own expressionistic style is evocative and illuminating. This is one of Ghibli's underrated gems.
Double-edged sword. TV format leads to brisk pacing despite weak form (insistent establishing shots, weird edits). Exploration of high school relationships is similar, focusing on those important moments so quickly hurts it while also revealing itself as an accurate portrayal. Do these memories still matter? Should we hold them close or move on? And can we move on more humanly then drunk at a reunion like Yamao?
I went and saw this at the IFC Center in NYC during their Studio Ghibli retrospective. They show all of Ghibli's films; including ones that will never be released in America Because of very little money, I could only see the ones that will not be released in the USA: Ocean Waves and Only Yesterday. This was okay; nothing special. It's a classic story of a boy and a girl's feeling throughout their lives. Glad I saw it