Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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While visiting family in the Japanese countryside, 27-year-old Taeko remembers her childhood spent solely in the city and wonders if her life has followed her childhood dreams.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (2 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 28, 2018

Only Yesterday isn't the most exciting Studio Ghibli film. That's not to say it's bad; it's beautiful, it's realistic, and it's simply a stunning view at what really is, when you come down to it, a normal life. The characters are memorable, the views are exquisite, but at the end of the day, there isn't as much of a message to take from this film besides how different life can be from when you're ten years old, and when you've all grown up. A story of growth, from a spoiled, bratty child, to a grown and intelligent adult, who isn't sure of her direction in life.

Only Yesterday is a treat, even if it might not have the excitement of Spirited Away or the fantasy of Spirited Away, but at it's core it holds a deep, personal energy that may resonate greatly with many in a similar situation to our protagonist - even if it didn't with me.

Though, I'm not quite at that age yet!

Jul 01, 2018

I watched this as the internet told me the director/creator of this film had not long since passed away. It is a wonderfully animated and surprisingly realistic portrayal of life. An interesting clash of a modern woman in wanderlust tackling her conflicting memories of joy and sorrow in her childhood. Some of it may have been lost in translation, but this movie had me with a great sense of serenity by the end.

Jan 16, 2018

An animated memoir for adults. "Only Yesterday" was released for the first time in US on its 25th anniversary in 2016. The point of view moves back and forth between a 27-year-old Japanese woman's perspective and her memories of 5th grade. It's a sweet, sometimes tart, but unremarkable story, except that one gets a sense of Japan in the 1960s. It's all told in a straightforward way that lacks the backbone needed for compelling drama. And for this viewer it was too long.

LoganLib_Aavishka Dec 22, 2017

Another sweet movie from Studio Ghibli. Only Yesterday is a cute and sweet movie which tells the story of a young woman who, while returning to the countryside for a trip, starts to recall memories of her younger self. She recalls good and bad memories, sweet memories and funny memories. The character of Taeko is one that is so relatable and sweet, as we see her grow up with siblings, who she fights with and loves. We see her journey from childhood to adulthood and along the way, we laugh with her and feel sad with her. Overall, Only Yesterday was a wonderful movie which makes you smile and feel happy.

Dec 01, 2017

Wonderful beautiful anmiation again by Studio Ghibli...geared towards adults! I was just so impressed and awed. Great story. The actors who did the voice for the English version was perfect too! LOVED it!!!!!

Oct 31, 2017

I have to say I don't enjoy this one as much as other Studio Ghibli films. In fact, I fast forwarded a good part of the film where, for example, young siblings are quarreling among themselves. The depiction of the countryside is artistically well-done, and gorgeous to look at. The ending is subtle and in a way surprising.

Oct 11, 2017

At first this seems like an odd patchwork of more than one, unrelated storyline, in different styles – until it all falls into place about a quarter of the way through the movie. Taeko is recalling memories of her childhood (not all of them good), and the children in her memory are helping her through some difficult adult feelings. One storyline, that of her childhood, is drawn in a standard anime/manga style. The other, of her adult life, is more realistically depicted, almost as if it tries as hard as possible to not be an animated movie. …Which brings up the question: why did they make this as an animated film, not a “live action” drama? The answer is, I believe, that animation can be great art. As much as “live” acting. In this Studio Ghibli film, they’ve taken topics not usually done in animation, and made a spectacular piece of art from it. The detailed background drawings alone (in an atmospheric, semi-Impressionist style) are enough to qualify it, and the emotional depth of the character depictions is without parallel. It’s probably too slow-moving, nostalgic, and thoughty for kids, but I recommend it for adults.

Sep 04, 2017

Such a fantastic Studio Ghibli movie. It has a slower pace, is relaxing to watch, and incredibly relateable. It's a good movie to watch on a rainy day, or to have playing in the background while you work.

Jun 22, 2017

Make sure you watch through the credits to see the end of the story!

Library_Jill Jun 07, 2017

A nostalgic, poignant slice-of-life story about a 27-year-old Japanese woman who finds herself besieged by memories of her 4th-grade self while on a trip to the country. This is a love story, but in the most complex sense of the term--it's about discovering new love, rediscovering love that you forgot was there, romantic love and family love, first love and mature love, a love of the people and places that built you into the person you are today, finding a love of the land that you didn't know you were missing, and the courage to love the person you could be. There is an absolutely fabulous flashback about trying pineapple for the first time that brought me to tears for reasons I can't quite grasp.

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Nov 09, 2018

Sexual Content: There is discussion of menstruation, and boys try to look up girls' skirts to spot evidence of menstruation.

Nov 09, 2018

Violence: A father slaps his ten-year-old daughter in the face.


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