The 1991 Studio Ghibli Film has finally been released in the US this year, 2016.
In this film the year is 1982 and Taeko is now a 27 year old single career woman working in Tokyo where she has lived all her life. Her family has made it a point to state that she should start looking for a husband since she isn't getting any younger.
|Taeko and crush, Hirota, in 5th grade|
During the trip and even her entire time at the farm, she continously has flashbacks from when she was in fifth grade. Remembering times from when a boy had a crush on her, puberty discussions with her friends, going to the baths with her sisters, or the first time she was struck by her dad.
|Taeko and Toshio at the farm hanging out|
This film is great to be enjoyed by both young and older viewers relating to issues that many people have had to face growing up. Sure I guess I could call it a coming of age type of movie, since there are a lot of coming of age scenes int he flashbacks.
In the end I enjoyed this film, Studio Ghibli films are hard to be disappointing, I wish this had been released a lot sooner, but better late than never I suppose. I recommend this movie if you enjoy Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli films, if you are looking for a good coming of age anime, or if you are in the mood for some good slice of life movies with a retro vibe.