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What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
Both flims are serious adult drama done in the form of animation. In addition both films involve female leads who are remiscing about their life. Also both films are love stories told from a woman's point of view. Finally both films involve to different degrees use of fantasy to represent the characters emotions in key places.
Both Millennium Actress and Only Yesterday centre around an older woman looking back over her life, and the history of Japan at the same time. Interestingly, both characters are thwarted in their early ambition to be actresses by their parents, though Chiyoko in Millennium Actress lacks the domineering father to stop her permanently.
Both Only Yesterday and Millennium Actress are nostalgic in their tone. They are about women looking back into their past, something neither have considered in a long time. The women are able to see the past with new eyes and rekindle something inside of them.
Both use interesting flashbacks that come into present day. However Millennium Actress is far more abstract as most of Chiyoko's story is told through the roles she played blurring the lines between reality and fiction. This actually adds to the sense of time has past and how the memories come into Chiyoko's mind.
Both of these anime are contemplative pieces about women looking back in events in their lives - in Only Yesterday's case, a woman's childhood, in the case of Millennium Actress, an entire life - and both films manage to be subtly affecting. One can't find better examples of mature anime in the best sense of the term.
Both movies are a series of flashbacks, an older woman looking back over her life & childhood. They have a really similar feel: nostalgic, subtle, and mature.
Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.
"Whisper of the Heart" and "Only Yesterday" are two of Ghibli's best, most understated, films. In many ways, they deal with aspects of the same process - growing up. In "WotH", we follow a young girl glimpsing her own potential for growth into adulthood. In "OY", a grown woman travels back in her memory to her childhood. Two sides of the same story.
Only Yesterday and Whisper... are created by the same studio, but this is not the only connection.Both are showing a way that every person must went - groving up. In very touching, slowly style, creators gives us a unique stories about changes in child life and mind.
Watching Only Yesterday instantly reminded me of Whisper of the Heart. Besides both being Studio Ghibli movies, both have that extremely slow pace they follow. They both also touch on the lives of children and their own kind of struggles. If you want to watch another calm movie, then the other should be the next one.
The Yamadas are an ordinary suburban family that enjoy shopping together, watching TV together, and sharing meals just like anyone else. Or so we think! With grumpy grandma Shige wisecracking at the worst times, and Mummy and Daddy Yamada testing each other’s patience at every turn, no family moment ends without a fascinating mishap. But nobody chooses their family, so the Yamadas must learn to savor the joys, forgive each other’s mistakes and, above all, learn lessons that only make them stronger.
Each of these films involve themselves in charming slice-of-life involving an ordinary Japanese family, complete with the rather distant father who reads the newspaper over the table - with occasional bursts of animated ingenuity. Both My Neighbors The Yamadas and Only Yesterday were produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Isao Takahata, and have a strikingly similar feel. Only Yesterday actually has a plot, and ultimately focuses on one character - while Yamadas is a plot-less anthology about the whole family - but fans of the quiet pace of one will much appreciate the other.
My Neithbours the Yamadas has far more comedy and an eccentric watercolour picture book concept, while Only Yesterday is a stunning composition of hand-drawn cels, but they tend to leave the viewer with the same wistful and uplifted feeling. Both are directed by Isao Takahata so expect the same attention to detail in characterisation and equally realistic anecdotes. Generally, if it’s more homely and cute slice-of-life you’re looking for, then try one after the other.
Both are about Japanese (actually every civilized nation, tell you as Russian) family life and its everyday troubles and events, when you can agree with character's behavior of judge'em.
In a quaint Japanese town, far from the footprints of tourists, an abandoned robot named Alpha lives a quiet life, while running a coffee shop left by her previous owner. With hardly a customer from day to day, she tends to focus on life's little pleasures, while sporadically wishing for her master's return. But one day, a delivery-robot brings Alpha a camera, and through the pictures inside, her eyes are opened for the first time to the world around her.
A notice to anime fans: life isn't always filled with giant robots fighting giant lizards, as the Tokyo Tower collapses like a house of cards. Although it may seem surprising, life is often filled with quiet pauses and gentle breezes; with the sounds of children's laughter in the distance and maybe a yapping dog. "Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou" and "Omohide Poro Poro" are two anime that embody this quality of the Quiet Life. If you have watched either one, and found yourself captivated by those moments of harmony that it allowed you to glimpse, then you owe it to yourself to see the other.
Both titles are very calm and "actionless". The way the storys are told is giving the watcher a snugness which sadly has become very rare in new anime.
Several years ago, Noriko married and moved to the United States from Japan along with her husband, giving birth to a child soon after. Now, she has returned to her hometown with her young son, Motoki, and must learn to become at peace with her past and present. Noriko fondly reminisces about the bittersweet memories of her teenaged years, her decisions, and how she will move forward in the future.
I liked Otona Joshi far more than Only Yesterday, but both will easily appeal to the same audiences. The plot is very similar - a woman visits her childhood town and remembers her past. Both are aimed at a more adult audience and are bittersweet, and the teenaged years animation of Otona definitely paid homage to Ghibli. Try one out if you liked the other.
I definitely think these two anime are made with a similar audience in mind. They have the same nostalgic, bittersweet atmosphere and both are mainly about an older woman thinking back to experiences in her childhood.
The original story follows the human drama of the Yamazaki family in Tokyo in the Year Showa 39 (1964) — the year that the city hosted the Summer Olympics.
"Shouwa Monogatari" seems to pretty underrated allthough it delivers us "Slice of Life" at it's best. The first title I would compare this show to is "Only Yesterday" for the obviously shared "Slice of Life" genere and the "Coming off-age" theme. The best thingh about the show though is it's unique setting in Japan of the 60s. The historical accuracy, the pleasant pacing and the likeable characters make this a great watch.
If you liked either show's focus on growing up in Japan in the 1960's, check out the other for more!
Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of friendship are tested, unlikely relationships grow and flourish in this made for television movie.
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.
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.
Hiromi Nozawa is a young sixth-grader with a fairly normal life -- and a talking pet dog named Junkers. With her mother at work all hours of the day, and her father constantly overseas, tension in the household is building up quickly, making Hiromi concerned that her parents might not stay together much longer. Luckily, Junkers has the ability to grant three miracles... but are miracles strong enough to save Hiromi's family?
Taichi Keaton, a former British special forces operative, now works as an insurance investigator for the world-renowned insurance agency Lloyd's; but his true passion is history and archaeology, which he fulfills by teaching at universities and visiting various ruins. Make no mistake though, there is far more to Mr. Keaton's job than simply filing insurance forms and writing reports! His investigations take him around the world and into situations ranging from run-ins with the Russian mafia to solving murders and even foiling terrorist plots. There's never a dull moment, much to Keaton's dismay!
What does anime for adults look like? Not just older teens or twentysomethings, but mature, older crowd cartoons that are set in a largely realistic environment and take their darn time to smell the roses?
Well, these are two examples. Only Yesterday is a rather thoughtful romance while Master Keaton is a Matlock-esque show about a fellow of all trades, but if you're looking for such genuinely if not exactly exciting adult toons - you've found them.