In 1950s Japan, Tatsuo Kusakabe relocates himself and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, to the countryside to be closer to their mother, who is hospitalized due to long-term illness. As the girls grow acquainted with rural life, Mei encounters a small, bunny-like creature in the yard one day. Chasing it into the forest, she finds “Totoro”—a giant, mystical forest spirit whom she soon befriends. Before long, Satsuki too meets Totoro, and the two girls suddenly find their lives filled with magical adventures in nature and fantastical creatures of the woods.
[Written by MAL Rewrite]
After finishing the film I felt a little unsatisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it however I just felt that nothing really happened. After 86 minutes I ‘d expect something to change or develop much more than what actually happened in the film. I get that it tries to capture the emotion and wonder of young children in a new place but it was still unsatisfying in my opinion.
This is because after the excitement of Totoro everything didn’t seem to matter. I knew the sister wasn’t going to be missing and the mum was ok. This could have been because the build up to the climax was too late and I couldn’t get invested.
Despite these criticisms the slice of life aspects of the show was pretty good and rarely became boring. I’ve notoriously hated on films in my blogging history but I’m glad the films I’ve named here have been ones I’v enjoyed!
I wouldn’t watch it again but it certainly doesn’t feel like I’ve wasted my time.
This is a segment that is only on shows in the ADB that I have re-watched and changed my opinion of since watching. After a re-watch (even though I said here I wouldn’t watch it again) I found this film adorable and really fun to watch.
It’s sort of like a childish adventure where you get to see a very simple story unfold about a mysterious creature of the forest. The worst thing about this film is the lack of any real story besides the girls finding about Totoro, all of this takes a very long time. This lack of focus on story is made up for through really great characters and animation who you just like and therefore you don’t care about this element of story.
A lot of the time the characters aren’t really actively doing anything either, they just explore and do odd tasks which somehow are tied together into a nice story. So it’s good but not really conventionally and the appeal I have for the show and the reasons why I like it is far different from most other anime’s I’ve seen.
Enjoy this as a slice of life film with a magical beast somewhere in the picture and you’ll enjoy it a lot more!
Shows from the same studio: Studio Ghibli