Studio Ghibli is best known for those of its films which were directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of the company’s two co-founders, but its other films are hardly low quality. I may be generalizing a bit too much, but those films not directed by Hayao Miyazaki seem to stray into slightly more adult territory – for example, the possibility of an affair is alluded to in Poppy Hill. The newest film melds this material with a kind of elegiac tone that made for a nice afternoon. Beyond that, I don’t really want to say too much about the film. Being in Japan, I watched it in Japanese, of course, and while I understood enough of the dialogue to enjoy the film, I didn’t quite get enough to feel good about analyzing it to closely. Luckily, Aaron Gerow also saw it and has written an interesting analysis which I suggest you read.
Incidentally, I’ve been saving up interesting articles for awhile now, and I’ll probably be unloading a link spam on you soon. If you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to leave them in a comment.