Only Yesterday is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the 1982 manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. It was animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network and Hakuhodo, and distributed by Toho.
- Type- Movies
- Titles- only Yesterday
- Genres- Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
- Aired- Jul 20, 1991
- Rating- G – All Ages
- Episodes- 1
- Duration- 1 hr. 58 min.
The story’s so simple: a young woman in her late 20s doesn’t have any real problems, is kind of ready for the rest of her life to happen, but it’s just not happening. Something seems to be in the way of her accepting the possibility of happiness in the simple things that she finds on her way, and that that might just be what she’s looking for and therefore enough.
A trip to the countryside brings back memories of her childhood as the youngest of three in a middle-of the road household in late 60’s Japan. The thing is, it is SO well-done. Often, films focus on the misery of this life and the sweet innocent splendor of youth. This one turns it upside down, and not by depicting a horrible childhood which has to be “taken care of”. Just by looking at things the way a child does.
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Download and Watch Omoide Poroporo (Only Yesterday), an Anime Movie on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Aniplex. Anime series is available in the original Language Japanese.
This is a very gentle and beautiful film, which could have been done as a ‘normal’ film with live actors, but it wouldn’t have worked one-tenth as well; somehow doing it as an animation allows us to explore the characters much better.