Only Yesterday: Past Romance Falls Through

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Hello people, who may or may not like studio ghibli movies, this is for you. Check out my take on Only Yesterday.

I promise this is an exception not the rule:

Generally, I love Studio Ghibli movies. They are always beautifully drawn and animated, the stories are unique, and contain cute and quirky characters. (Excluding Princess Mononoke who is just a bada## but that’s a review for another day). Out of the four Ghibli 90’s movies I have seen, Only Yesterday is the least memorable in my mind. The other three I have seen are Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, and Porco Rosso.

Several months after watching Only Yesterday, I can tell you in great detail what happened in all of them except Only Yesterday. I remember it having lots of flashbacks, I remember it being sub-par compared to the other great movies Ghibli has produced. I watched it with my sister. Incidentally, I asked her if she remembers watching it and she said something the lines of “That’s what it was called?” I think it involved this girl thinking about a past relationship.

What I liked about Only Yesterday:

  • The art style
  • The funny flashbacks

What I didn’t like about it:

  • For a movie tagged for romance, there really isn’t a whole lot of actual romance in the time setting of the movie
  • The flashbacks were great but didn’t really fit smoothly in the movie itself.
  • The love interest isn’t who I was expecting it was going to be (which can be ok but in this movie was a little redundant.)
  • It told a lot of story in a short amount of time which made the movie seem longer.
  • Not memorable

Overall, I give this movie a 2/10. Thank you for reading my take on Only Yesterday, I appreciate it. Comment below your favorite Studio Ghibli movie. If you like my content, consider subscribing to my mailing list and if you want a review on something similar, click here.

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