Probably the most accurate and authentic description of female puberty and coming of age I have seen in an animated film. That said flash backs where so intensely beautiful and full of life that the rest of the film taking place in a world of adults couldn't help but seem a bit stiff.
Such honesty and poetry of small things, this is such an underrated Ghibli film. Related so much to Taeko - from her childhood to the experiences and changes she's going through as an adult. The ending was the purest and most heartwarming moment I've experienced in a while
Walking with your past self while enjoying the present and facing up to the future. I have less use for the city mouse/country mouse plotline than I do for each flashback to childhood—this is the sort of noble movie that aspires to celebrate the big little moments of any ordinary life. It does so exquisitely; not even Pixar can get away with animation like this without throwing in talking dogs. Farewell, Takahata.
An underrated Ghibli triumph where the fantastical has been replaced by a sense of humane social realism. Its depiction of memory and its nature to reform the present resounds. There are echoes of Ozu in its representation of Japanese domesticity but with a progressive feminist undercurrent. A nourishing piece of the Ghibli pie alongside 'Whisper of the Heart'.