the borrowers.

Movie poster for Karigurashi no Arrietty

Check out Studio Ghibli’s latest masterpiece, Karigurashi no Arrietty (well, it’s the latest as far as I know, though I think another one has been released or will be released some time now). Maybe it’s just me and my Ghibli bias but I absolutely love everything they make. They’re beautiful and they’re all hand-drawn, mind you.

Based on the book The Borrowers, Arrietty and her family are, you guessed it, Borrowers — ‘little people’ who live under floorboards while surviving through ‘borrowing’ supplies that humans wouldn’t miss (y’know, sugar, spices, tissue, the likes). They live under the floorboards of Sho, a meek guy with a heart ailment. Yep, he’s the main guy and he’s practically dying.

I don’t want to give anymore details lest I spoil everything for the Ghibli fans out there who haven’t watched the film. Just watch it, okay? It’s simple but moving — quite amazing, actually, considering the fact that it revolved around a real simple conflict. And the drawing’s just…wow. Watch it, watch it, watch it. That’s all I can say.


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