Review of My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Scenes from the life of an “average” family in modern Japan.
Quiet modernist comedy, similar in concept to Chie the Brat (1981). Disjointed character-based episodes. Ghibli’s first film after the death of Kondō Yoshifumi in 1998. Done on computer in an unusual and interesting style, apparently meant to encapsulate a huge number of references to Japanese culture. Lots of haiku. Based on a strip-format comic.