One of several Studio Ghibli
films directed not by Hayao Miyazaki
but rather Isao Takahata
. He has a different style
than the ultimately optimistic
Miyazaki. I feel as though Takahata
lost something in his childhood
and is trying to tell us about his loss (Only Yesterday
is a more direct example of this), while Miyazaki has retained the best of his youth
and convinces audiences to keep a part of themselves young as well.
Both filmmakers are talented and I'm so glad they both have had the change to tell us their stories.