Movie Watch 2015: When Marnie Was There

The next movie I hope to see in a couple of weeks, if not days, is Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There, based on the book by Joan G. Robinson. Yonebayashi is an animator at Studio Ghibli, and previously directed The Secret World of Arriety, another studio Ghibli movie based on a book.

Although I’m not as excited to see this film – mostly because I haven’t yet read the book – this was one of the last projects that Studio Ghibli started before halting work on new animated movies. Previously, I was able to watch The Wind Rises, but missed The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Hopefully I won’t miss seeing this in theaters this month!

According to Anime News Network: “Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…“


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