Review: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ (Karigurashi no Arrietty/Arrietty)

6 thoughts on “Review: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ (Karigurashi no Arrietty/Arrietty)”

  1. I am so glad I was able to catch this film when it was still shown in cinema back in July. The scenaries and details Ghibli put into this film is so sumptious and magnificent. The story is very simple but done very well. It is good to see a non-Takahashi-or-Miyazaki Ghibli director getting constantly good praise for his film. I also like the fact that Shida Mirai is voicing Arrietty in this. Loe her ever since the Queen’s Classroom!
    I really love reading the reviews and news on your blog! Will definitely keep coming back for updates especially for anime and Japanese news:)

    1. I know, me too, I was happy to catch this in the cinema. It’s not my favourite-favourite Ghibli film, but I did like it a lot. Certain scenes were just wonderful (just that feeling they managed to convey when Arriety and her father entered the kitchen, and it seemed so amazingly threatening – I tried to get that across in the review with the description of “a gorge as deep, dark and threatening as the Grand Canyon at night, appliances and wall clocks pulsing like the heart of savage animals”, but I think you have got to see the film to really feel it).
      I haven’t yet paid much attention to voice actors – something I need to start looking into.
      Thanks for enjoying my blog. I am planning to review all of Shinkai (have seen everything, have all the DVDs), all of Studio Ghibli (starting with the ones I haven’t yet seen, which is still about a third, and then I will work my through the ones I saw already). Haven’t watched anything by Kon yet, but I have got the Millennium Actress DVD and am planning to watch it soon. (I actually had the chance to see Perfect Blue recently, but it was a dubbed version, so I opted out.) Will review Katabuchi Sunao’s Mai Mai Miracle this month as well. So, there should be lots of anime reviews coming up for you here. 🙂

  2. I liked the film a lot, but often I had a nagging feeling that this was, in some sense, Ghibli on auto-pilot – a film that I enjoyed for the traditional Ghibli style, but was generally unaffected by in any deeper sense. I think the studio can continue making these types of films and be consistently successful, but I have to wonder if the fact that my favourite Ghibli films were all created over a decade ago is a result of nostalgia or something more tangible.
    I’ll be interested to read your take on some of those Ghibli classics.

    1. Yes, I can see where you are coming from and would agree with you. It’s well done and there is little to fault. There are certain things I appreciate and why I would rather watch this film than any Disney/Western animated film, but it isn’t in my top list of Ghibli films – i.e. the ones that impact me deeply and that I’ll rewatch and rewatch and never get tired of. (Of course, I don’t have the DVD for Arrietty yet…)
      I have only reviewed The Cat Returns so far, but am planning to work my way through all of Studio Ghibli this year (might not manage all, but will try). I’m starting with the third I haven’t seen yet (Only Yesterday, Totoro, Porco Rosso, plus a few more), then will go back to the ones I have watched (a lot of the more recent, well-known ones, but also Nausicaa, Laputa, Whisper of the Heart).

  3. I’m curious about how the UK dub sounds because I was not fond of the American dub. I generally prefer original language tracks, but oftentimes I watch in company that simply won’t tolerate subtitles.

    1. I haven’t watched the dub – saw this with subtitles in the cinema. Like you, I prefer subtitles because I want my films to sound Japanese/Korean/etc (and I would probably nag anyone that tries to talk me into the dubbed version).
      Although in this case it would probably be interesting to compare the UK/US dubs (I would expect that it’ll be more than a change of accents and will include some different phrasing & word choices as well).

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