Only Yesterday (1991 IMDb)

Categorization

Mundane parallel plots separated by 16 years. Introspective romance? Is understatement a genre? Takahata.

Subject

An adult woman remembers the aspirations and adventures of her childhood, and tries to decide what to do with her life. Has she been putting on a happy face and following a normal career because it is expected?

Commentary

There are two scenes in this that would have looked a little odd in a live-action version. Low-key stuff, and wonderful.

References here: Ghibli movie titles, Ghiblies (2000), The Consolidated Design of the Creating Process for Mini Pato (2003).

Ghibli Japanese production Suzuki Toshio Takahata Isao animation movie