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Sep 03, 2020TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
From Up On Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, animated by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of a young high school girl by the name of Umi Matsuzaki, who lives in a boarding house, 'Coquelicot Manor'. When Umi meets Shun Kazama who is a member of the school's newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school's clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment. Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider. The music is enchanting and the animation is beautiful. The softness of the movie reminded me of “Whisper of the Heart” which was also created by Studio Ghibli. I would recommend this to teens 13 and up. Rating: 4/5 @PrettyKitty of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board This Studio Ghibli film is one about young love between Umi and Shun. As they get to know each other and grow fond of each other more throughout the movie so does their feelings for each other. I was surprised how committed to each other they were and how sure they were of their feelings for each other because when they uncover something from the past their relationship gets a little complicated. But in the end it was a nice love story between growing teens. I thought it was lovely to see how they fell in love with each other by doing the little things together and having small common interests. In the beginning it didn’t even seem that Umi liked Shun in the first place, so it was wonderful to see them grow to like each other. All in all the animation and music in the movie were pleasant to the eyes and ears. A 5/5 rating! @minimonie of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library