Anime 
TL;DR
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro)

Synopsis

Totoro is a forest spirit that little Mei, and later her older sister Satsuki, encounter in a giant camphor tree near their new home in the countryside. Although their father Kusakabe Tatsuo, a university professor, is with them when they move, their mother Yasuko is in the hospital, recovering from some unnamed illness. When Mei hears that her mother’s condition may be getting worse, she resolves to visit her all by herself. When everyone realizes she is missing, only Totoro knows how to find her!
Directed by
Written by
Screenplay by
Music by

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Overview

My Neighbor Totoro won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year.

My Neighbor Totoro was critically acclaimed and has amassed a worldwide cult following in the years after its release. The film and its titular character, Totoro, have become cultural icons.

The original English Dub was produced by Streamline Pictures for Japan Airlines transpacific flights in 1988. This version was then distributed theatrically in North America in 1993 by Troma and released on VHS and DVD by Fox. The Troma/Fox releases never included Japanese audio as Troma did not have any rights for the original Japanese Audio.

Alternative title

– Chú mèo Totoro
– Il mio vicino Totoro
– Mein Nachbar Totoro
– Meu Amigo Totoro
– Meu Vizinho Totoro
– Mi Vecino Totoro
– Min granne Totoro
– Min Nabo Totoro
– Mój Sąsiad Totoro
– Mon voisin Totoro
– My Neighbour Totoro
– Naapurini Totoro
– Tonari no Totoro
– Totoro
– Мой сосед Тоторо
– جاري توتورو
– となりのトトロ
– 龍貓
– 龙猫
– 이웃의 토토로
– 이웃집 토토로
– โทโทโร่ เพื่อนรัก

TL;DR Review

My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese: となりのトトロ Hepburn: Tonari no Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten.

The animation is gorgeous, like watching an animated painting. The colors are vibrant as most Studio Ghibli’s film tends to be. It gives you that feeling where you want to live in this world as it is much prettier and colorful than our own.

The music for Totoro is superb, like all Studio Ghibli’s pieces of music. The opening theme is “Sanpo (さんぽ; Stroll)” while the ending theme is “Tonari no Totoro (となりのトトロ; My Neighbor Totoro)”. Both were performed by Azumi Inoue. The opening song has that happy child-like theme to it and will be stuck in your head for days.

Both Mei and Satsuki childlike innocent are endearing to watch. Their interactions between themselves are very cute. It pulls on that nostalgic string of your heart, even if you had never had the same experience as them.

The story is a simple slice-of-life event, but yet emotional. I am not crying, you’re crying.

I highly recommend this movie to everyone that have a heart, and even to those that don’t. My Neighbor Totoro contains some nudity and is appropriate for everyone.

Similar Title 
Recommendations

Cross Game Season 1 Review

Cross Game is a romantic comedy baseball manga series by Mitsuru Adachi. Cross Game is the story of Ko Kitamura and the four neighboring Tsukishima sisters, Ichiyo, Wakaba, Aoba, and Momiji. Wakaba and Ko were born on the same day in the same hospital and are close enough that Wakaba treats Ko as her boyfriend, though nothing is officially declared, while Aoba, one year younger than them, hates how Ko is “taking” her sister away from her. After Wakaba dies, Ko and Aoba slowly grow closer as they strive to fulfill Wakaba’s final dream of seeing them play in the high school baseball championship in Koshien Stadium.

Only Yesterday (1991) Movie Review

In 1982, Taeko Okajima is 27 years old, unmarried, has lived her whole life in Tokyo and now works at a company there. She decides to take another trip to visit the family of the elder brother of her brother-in-law in the rural countryside to help with the safflower harvest and get away from city life. While traveling at night on a sleeper train to Yamagata, she begins to recall memories of herself as a schoolgirl in 1966, and her intense desire to go on holiday like her classmates, all of whom have family outside of the big city.

At the arrival train station, she is surprised to find out that her brother in law’s second cousin Toshio, whom she barely knows, is the one who came to pick her up. During her stay in Yamagata, she finds herself increasingly nostalgic and wistful for her childhood self, while simultaneously wrestling with adult issues of career and love. The trip dredges up forgotten memories (not all of them good ones) — the first stirrings of childish romance, puberty and growing up, the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. In doing so, she begins to realize that Toshio has helped her along the way. Finally, Taeko faces her own true self, how she views the world and the people around her. Taeko chooses to stay in the countryside instead of returning to Tokyo. It is implied that she and Toshio begin a relationship.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Movie Review

When an apprentice witch turns thirteen, she must leave her home to hone her craft. Although Kiki’s sole talent is broom-flying, she sets out for adventure with her cat Jiji. They settle in a charming seaside town, where Kiki establishes her delivery service. As Kiki learns to balance independence with responsibility, her kind heart wins her many new friends in this coming-of-age tale.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Sanpo (さんぽ; Stroll)” by Azumi Inoue

Closing Theme

– “Tonari no Totoro (となりのトトロ; My Neighbor Totoro)” by Azumi Inoue

Insert/Image Theme

– “Chiisana Shashin” by Hisaishi Joe
– “Dondoko Matsuri” by Inoue Azumi
– “Fushigi Shiritori Uta” by Mori Kumiko
– “Kaze no Toori Michi” by Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan
– “Kaze no Toori Michi” (Acoustic Version) (instrumental version)
– “Maigo” by Inoue Azumi
– “Neko Bus” by Kitahara Taku
– “Okaasan” by Inoue Azumi
– “Sanpo” by Inoue Azumi
– “Susuwatari” by Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan

Credits

Photo

All images are copyright to their respective owners.

Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

Close Menu