Lately I’ve been going on a Studio Ghibli bing and watching some of the movies by the Studio that I haven’t seen yet.
One of them being Only Yesterday. The story is about Taeko, a 27-year old office worker goes on her countryside vacation and finds herself reminiscing about her 10-year old self. It’s different from a typical Studio Ghibli movie as the story telling format is more realistic and doesn’t employ the use of magical creatures as seen in My Neighbour Totoro or Spirited Away. The credit goes to the direction, Isao Takahata, who has previously worked majorly on Grave of the Fireflies.
It’s definitely one of their ‘mature’ pieces with it’s slice of life theme with that feel good feeling. This movie is very relatable and I often find myself in the same situation of looking back and wondering if I’m achieving my dreams. Whether I am still that child making time for the stuff I like to do versus the impending doom that is adulthood with it’s issues of career and serious relationships.
Then again, I guess any coming of age movie covers this age-old question of how to balance these conflicting feelings, but Studio Ghibli tackles it in the wonderful way it does. Although it’s not as well-known as their other works, but I wouldn’t ignore it.