It was part of the movement of progressive anime films that explored subjects traditional thought to be beyond the scope of animated films. It was unique in that it was realistic drama written to appeal to adult women. It was wildly successful in attracting a large adult audience of both genders. See more »
The king of fruit is... the king of fruit is...
[the scene flashes from 1966 to 1989]
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Growing out of growing up
We've all seen those "coming of age" movies that transition the protagonist from childhood into puberty, and there's heaps of "discover your inner child" movies to put some fun in your life or life in your fun or whatever -- Only Yesterday is a rarity: Unsure and a little lost in her urban complacency, Taeko finds she must step beyond her inner-child shadow before she can grow up and move on with her life.
Only Yesterday isn't about grade-five, it's about being 27 by way of grade-five. It's a story about stepping out of our childhood, like the way we finally, and graciously, say goodbye to a worn-out favourite pair of shoes, or when, once we get to our destination, we can thank a particularly helpful bus driver and disembark.
Ugh, that's not much of a review, is it. Fortunately, Takahata says it all ten thousand times better than this :)
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