Coming from the hands of Studio Ghibli, I really had a high expectation for Karigurashi no Arrietty, and boy that expectation does pay off. Karigurashi no Arrietty is not only a beautiful animated movie, it is also the most personal, simplistic and yet wonderful tale that ever grace my screen.
Arrietty and his parents are the Borrowers, the race of tiny human that live under some floorboard of ordinary human house. They hide themselves from humans waiting until night to sneak into our homes and ‘Borrow’ the things we wont miss, like sugar cubes and tissues. Although the word borrows seems to generous, because basically they’re stealing. And when some sick weak boy named Sho started to living above their houses, Arrietty accidentally developing some kind of relationship with him.
One quick suggestion, watch this movie in High Definition or Theater, because Karigurashi No Arrietty is an amazing rich visual sweet to the eye. From the stunning animation, the gorgeous background, to the attention of the detail, everything is so vivid and beautiful. No other animation studios in this world can create something like this except Studio Ghibli. Among the sea of Pixar-esque animation, typical Disney, or 3dDUMB Computer generated, this kind of movie is like a breath of fresh air. And believe it or not, the soundtrack is beyond the word GREAT. It really compliments all those beautiful art transition between the scenes.
But of course, pretty doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have a good story.But do not worry, Karigurashi no Arrietty is written by Hayao Miyazaki. The genius behind all those story that normal people only can wrote by using some crack to slick up their imagination. Even though Karigurashi no Arrietty doesn’t have that big epic scale feeling that usually exist in almost every Miyazaki’s Tale, Karigurashi no Arrietty quite frankly is the most personal and beautiful in terms of storyline. From the sweet light relationship between Sho and Arrietty, the creativity of using some daily object, to the hidden subplot about heart operation, everything is running so smooth and very accessible to any age. If I had a child, Karigurashi no Arrietty probably is the first movie that I will let him/her to watch(and after that, Die Hard).
Karigurashi no Arrietty is not some random anime or random painting that make you see, you realize it is amazing, but then after a couple of months you will forget about it. It is beautiful, meaningful, and crystal clear. I usually doesn’t like this type of dreamy candy movie, but Karigurashi no Arrietty really makes me absorbing all the peacefulness that the movie crafted and make me want to live in Karigurashi no Arrietty Universe. Probably not the best one from Studio Ghibli, but for me, it is the most memorable because of the simplicity that it presents.