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Only Yesterday

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Taeko Okajima lives a nondescript life in Tokyo performing office duties in the day and then coming home in the evening to listen to her mother’s remarks on the phone about her unmarried status. In a bid to escape the monotony, Taeko decides to visit the countryside she once loved as a child and spend time on a safflower farm run by relations of hers. But her journey awakens memories she thought she had long abandoned, and Taeko must once again decide the kind of person she truly wants to be.

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Name Role
Yoshifumi KONDO Character Design
Isao TAKAHATA Director
Masaru HOSHI Music
Hotaru OKAMOTO Original Manga Creator
Ritsuo ISOBE Producer
Yasuyoshi TOKUMA Producer
Yoshio SASAKI Producer

Official Editorial Reviews

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Only Yesterday VivisQueen 8/10 Dec 4, 2010

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Only Yesterday FreddyCrab 6.5/10 Dec 17, 2011
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Aria and Only Yesterday are both slice of life titles where nothing earth shattering really seems to happen. The events in both animes are seemingly insignificant, but the events are meaningful and relatable, however subtle they are. If you have any sort of emotional attachment to either anime, the other will surely affect you positively.

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Clannad After Story

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Each of these titles deals with a protagonist whos life may not be what they want it to, and they discover something important throughout the title that leads them to make a change in their life. I find that both of these titles make you reflect on your own life, and make you think if it is what you want it to be also.

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While transporting bio-weapon lifeforms, Agent DD, member of an alien police force, is forced to crash land on Earth. Amidst the chaos of the crash, a bio-weapon escapes and DD is forced to fight it, while accidentally activating a Liberus, a liquid battle suit. Tsubasa, a shy girl, unwillingly comes into contact with the Liberius and is thereafter forced to fight for the survival of Earth.

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Only Yesterday is far more tame, and is a movie in the slice of life genre. Both focus heavily on a female growing up, and coming to terms with herself. Only Yesterday is more of a flashback on childhood, while Figure 17 takes place in the middle of it. No aliens in this film, but entertaining nonetheless.

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Both Only Yesterday and Furusato Japan are touching, slow-paced childhood tales of growth and memories - two excellent coming of age stories.

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