Only Yesterday

Title: Only Yestedray
Or: Omoide Poro Poro
romance, slice of life, coming of age
Directed by: Isao Takahata;
Original Work: Okamoto Hotaru, Tone Yuko;
Character design: Yoshifumi Kondô;
Studio: Studio Ghibli;
Year: 1991;
Watched: no idea, re-watched 2012;
Subbed: eng by Poro x2 Project [Px2P];
MAL: 6 (fine);
Manga: Hotaru Okamoto, Yuuko Tone (might be novel, didn’t look for precise info);

Main character:

  • Taeko Okajima – the main girl in big and small form;
  • Toshio – the guy;
  • Yaeko – mean big sister;
  • Nanako – a bit better older sister;

One of the most calm and easy going anime movies I ever watched.. and it might sound as its just boring, but it actually is not (well most of it).. It might be slow and story is calm, but it keeps a strong, yet probably the most simple, story under it.. but hey! life actually mostly consists of simple episodes, which make a big picture later..

Main story is about a girl, who yarns for country life and its simplicity, so goes to help into the farm of her relatives. On her way there she remembers her old past days of fifth grade (I would say – quite remarkable memory she has there – all the details loud and clear.. I’m younger than she and I don’t remember my fifth grade as good..). One by one she tells simple stories of the past, connecting them to the present.. About her first love, about food that she didn’t like, about how her father slammed her.. things that gets into our memory without even noticing..

In a farm she meets a guy named Toshio, and a little romance starts. Not that over done, over exaggerated love story, but simple bond between two people, which grows with time and getting know each other.

But with simple story, over all its not much more to tell about it.. it has a strong feeling of after war times when people were longing for peace and calmness, of becoming a woman, creating a family and living in one.. Its a film of growing up and saying goodbye to your childhood. Everything is shown in a lot of detail and realism (which is common in Ghibli films) and that attracts to watch it, but i don’t believe that most of adventure, mecha, loli or similar type anime lovers will appreciate this film..

Also in the film was one scene I just can’t skip without mentioning..

so I guess thats all I can tell about it..


ed: “Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa Sono Tane (愛は花、君はその種子; Love Is a Flower, You Are the Seed)” by Harumi Miyako [lyrics]


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