Considered an unexpected sleeper hit during its initial Japanese release in 1991, Disney acquired and subsequently sat on this stunning Studio Ghibli gem for nearly 20 years. Only Yesterday still holds up due to its timeless subject matter: change-of-life pondering and charming childhood flashbacks. If you can see the subtitled version, do, as Only Yesterday was animated after the voice actors' performances were recorded, with director Isao Takahata (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) experimenting with creating more lifelike facial expressions. Still, the dub is perfectly serviceable, and the emphatic rants about organic farming are present in both versions—again, timeless.
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