Timur really wanted to watch together with me the Studio Ghibli films he bought (with his own money) while I was not looking. Which was sweet. So tonight he treated me to From Up on Poppy Hill. Which was sweet too.
It could have been too sweet. All the familiar ingredients (high-school romance, bicycle, link to wartime etc.) are there and you can’t fail to notice the references to (or borrowings from) other Studio Ghibli movies, such as Whisper of the Heart, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ocean Waves. Yet it is different. I liked the humour, music and the overall 1960s feel. Oh, and the happy ending.