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07 August 2010 @ 03:04 am
Karigurashi no Arietty♪  
So, despite the hospital troubles, I DID get to see Karigurashi no Arietty the other day! FINALLY!! =^-^= I might have been the last person in Japan to see it, but I really liked it! Mako did as well, despite his previous protests that it would not be good because Miyazaki was not directing it (it's a Ghibli movie, but Miyazaki himself isn't directing anymore is what I hear). He's old now =D

I kind of had a feeling that it was mainly original but loosely based on the Littles when I saw it, but it turns out that it's actually based on a book called The Borrowers!! I had no idea! Karigurashi was very pretty and very sweet, but it was a little anticlimatic and I felt like it didn't have a happy ending. I wonder if others who have seen it would disagree with me...

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I really, really wanted Arietty and Sho-kun to fall (more) in love!! And wax tragically about how a little person and a big person could never feasibly be together in that way. And then for, somehow, them to decide to stay together anyways. Even if they can't make love or really kiss. It would have been so sweet!!

Instead, the ending where they just moved away, as planned, was kind of a let-down. It felt like.. what was the point of the movie? But I am a hopeless romantic. At the very very least, it would have been nice if the little people would have stayed at Sho-kun's home in the doll house and maybe someone put the horribly mean old Haru into a mental home, rawr!

For some reason, I didn't like Arietty's mom. I guess that I tend to not like super-weak female characters, it's sort of an old hatred for me. ^^; And her mom was the weakest of the weak of the weak. It felt like she didn't have any redeeming qualities, or was it me? Where did Arietty get that courage? Not from her mom, that's for sure.

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I hadn't seen a Ghibli movie since Howl's Moving Castle, to be honest. But I'd heard that Ged was utter crap and, I mean, Ponyo? I can sing the theme song with the best of them, but no interest in the movie itself. I did try to watch it, but I just couldn't sit through the art style. ^o^; So I was really glad to see Arietty come along, which finally seemed like a real Ghibli movie! *^-^* My favorites are Laputa, Kiki, and Totoro, btw. Spirited Away and Mononoke were pretty too, though I feel like Mononoke is a little boring..

By the way, I don't know how much information about it is on the internet (there is a little bit on the wiki page.. my information comes from an interview I saw on japanese tv), but the singer of the theme song is a french girl called Cécile Corbel. Okay, not a girl-- woman. She is the same age as me ^^ But anyways, she was a huge fan of ghibli movies, and she sent a letter to them and then samples of her music, and they hired her not only to do the theme song, but all of the music for the movie! Completely unsolicited!! (which is usually a no-no from what I hear!) So for anyone out there who thinks that sticking your neck out, taking a chance, and breaking the rules won't get you anywhere, don't listen to them! She did it, after all! So can anyone!! =^-^= The music is really pretty, by the way, but I don't think that she is the best harpist out there by any means, or the best singer. I have friends who are better.. but she took a chance and it paid off *^^*

Anyways... Arietty was great to see once, and I'm glad that I saw it! Now, I hear that Inception is really good too.. should I see it? Or should I wait for something else??
 
 
 
Melissa D. Johnson: Kiki - Ready for Magicmippa on August 6th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
How exciting! I can't wait to see this State-side! BTW, any news about the Ghibli video game that's in the works?
ore-samathesundaywriter on August 6th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
My favourite Ghibli movies are Howl, Totoro and Ponyo, though admittedly I would have enjoyed Ponyo more as a kid, but it was better than I thought it was =3 Spirited Away was pretty but somehow I wasn't swept into the hype, story/character wise. I saw Mononoke for a project, it was interesting. I would like to see Kiki and Laputa when I have the time =3=3 Glad to here Arietty was good because I like the original Borrowers. Hopefully it comes to cinemas here.

Edited at 2010-08-06 06:20 pm (UTC)
kakibellkakibell on August 6th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'll always love Nausicaa. Nausicaa for a very long time was the one of the most popular anime characters here in Japan, and I was affected by the hype of that generation to some extent. Mononoke Hime was basically a very attractive redo of Nausicaa (and practically advertised as such back when it was in theaters), but it felt better the first time around for me.

I did read the Borrowers when I was a kid (I read it because I thought it was the Littles), but I expect this movie to be different. Like you, I also didn't like Ponyo. but I waited for this to come out on DVD. I saw Ged on tv, and it was totally like "WTF" for me, as the pacing and execution were both really poor. I liked Howl, even though the story has holes the size of swiss cheese in some portions, because it is a sweet love story.

I only saw Mononoke Hime and Spirited Away in theaters during their original run. Everything else, I saw on tv, video or DVD release.
usagi_moon: Ian Curtis faceusagi_moon on August 6th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
YAy I'm not crazy for thinking Mononoke being a bit boring, I watched it once, I was done. Good film, just yeah..I can live without it again.

I did loves Ponyo though. :P

I can't for for Karigurashi no Arietty to come here. I will watch it. Thank you for cutting spoiler. :)

Ghibli ah.. I loved Totoro, Ponyo, Laputa, Howls MOving Castle, and Nausica good stuff.s :D woo! :D
Thank for this happy post! :D
Vickytoldtojoinlj on August 6th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Seems interesting. Maybe I'll see this one in theaters with my friends. I passed on seeing Ponyo because I couldn't stand the dub voices, and I'm actually pretty open towards dub voices. I "sat" (I was lying down) through Ponyo on DVD, but I didn't like most of it. It didn't engage me nearly as much as other Ghibli films, so I was a bit disappointed.

My faves are Totoro, Whisper of the Heart, Howl, and Spirited Away. Whisper is probably the odd one in my faves, but I really like it. :P
ember88ember88 on August 6th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting, I can't wait to see it. No happy ending though? D: I love Totoro , Kiki, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.

Inception is sooooo good, you should definitely see it. It really requires you to pay attention to everything in the movie though. xD
orechibisamaorechibisama on August 6th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Inception is EPIC *U*~~ With Watanabe Ken.....*U*~~ I looooove that man! ♥
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sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on August 6th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
GET YOURSELF TO A THEATER AND WATCH INCEPTION RIGHT NOW
akibareakibare on August 6th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
You should definitely check out the original Borrowers books if you can find them - I loved them in elementary school, big time. So I was happy to see someone make a movie.

(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Can I just say that those gladiator sandals are super-cute!!

Sano
孤児: Fragilekoji on August 7th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I can understand how you were disappointed by the ending, but I think it was meant to be the story of an adult reflecting on something magical from his childhood, that left an imprint on his heart. Though the ending made things bittersweet, it was only suppose to be a passing chapter in both their lives, that changed them both forever. His last words to her made me teary eyed though~ I'm also a hopeless romantic, haha.

I read The Borrowers when I was younger with my mom, but I don't remember all of the original story so I'm thinking of rereading it now ^w^. I really did enjoy the movie and I want to buy the soundtrack. I was tempted to get so many movie goodies, like the plushie of the cat, everything was so cute! Ghibli is a weakness for me, haha.
my3yearsmy3years on August 7th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
The movie sounds good. I hope it makes its way over here.

Have you seen The Borrowers movie? I'm sorry but I can't remember if it was you or someone else who said they liked the guy who plays Draco Malfoy(Tom Feldman?) If it was you, he plays Peagreen in the movie. Same face, but he permed his hair and died it red for the part. Sorry I'm rambling, I shall go now.

And a late Happy Birthday!!!
Chiakichiaki777 on August 7th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
actually, hearing it's not by miyazaki makes me want to see it. I like the production staff at Ghibli, but as of late, Mr. Myazaki has been a bit of a character more than the cat bus was one in Totoro.

I haven't seen much of it though, so I'll have to study up on it the next time I'm over in Japan... or when it comes over here, whichever first.

I got offered a screening of Ged. I'm debating if I really want to go see it or not... if I do I'll have to write about it, and a lot of people don't like me because I'm a mean critic when it comes to things people cherish - like Ghibli movies. I turned down anything Ponyo related flat out though, I think I'm not allowed to see that movie under principle. :P

Also, yeah, break rules. It might bite you later, but it might not. It's a gamble, and if you hit it, you hit it big. :3
☆チャーリーちゃん☆: TRC-Fay_Sakura_nikori!charlie_chan on August 7th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
ooh, that's nice to hear that movie was good ^^
I use to looove the book 'The Borrowers' and really want to see it.
But I agree with you- as much as I LOVE and ADORE Ghibli movies, I have never seen 'Gen' nor really wanna and I tried to watch 'Ponyo'' but I still never seen it all the way through despite it being in that cute category I generally enjoy.
neofeliss on August 7th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
I actually had some reservations about seeing Ponyo, but it turned out to be a cute little movie. I haven't seen My Neighbor Totoro, so I can't say it was as cute as that, but it was cute. The artwork is stunningly beautiful. :)

By Ged, you meant "Tales of Earthsea", yes? I thought that film was brilliant. Very beautiful, and stunning music.

I can't believe you found Mononoke boring! It's my second favorite, next to Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind. I HIGHLY recommend that one - it's his epic masterpiece, next to Spirited Away and Mononoke for me. :)
foxiclefoxicle on August 9th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Inception's a great movie! You definitely should go see it! It's a bit sad sometimes, but it has a great storyline!

And wow! Another Studio Ghibli film! I can't wait till they release it in the US- usually I watch it with English dubs the first time, but I prefer watching the movies in their original language with English subtitles- Japanese seiyuus are definitely the best! :D
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Wife and I also saw this in Tokyo, a couple of weeks ago, on our honeymoon.
We both really enjoyed Arietty, and the music was absolutely brilliant - it suits the spirit of the movie perfectly. Our Japanese was a bit rusty, but we understood most of the movie. (We had not read "The Borrowers" beforehand.) Can't wait until it also comes out on DVD - it's a must-buy.

Also worthy of note - quite a few places are hawking Ghibli DVDs with about 20% off the regular price - I picked up three DVDs in Shibuya (including "Tales from Earthsea", which is excellent), but Amazon.co.jp is also doing a special offer, with up to 27% off some titles, until the end of August.

By the way, I had raised eyebrows at your impression of Arietty's mother as super-weak. One thing you'll learn when you get older is that being strong all the time is impossible. When you have children, especially, you will discover new definitions of vulnerability. I think Studio Ghibli did a very good (and convincing) job of character design, and I know (more importantly, also respect) quite a few people who struck me as being similar to Arietty's mother. Come back to this topic 20-30 years later, and I guarantee that you'll see it with a whole new perspective. It's very easy to be strong when you do not have dependents.