Movie Review: Omoide no Marnie



Anna, a young girl living in Sapporo, is having trouble with her classmates. Due to anxiety attacks, a doctor suggests that Anna move somewhere more relaxing. After moving to the countryside to her family, separated from her mother, she spends her time walking around the area and sketching. She finds herself drawn to a seemingly abandoned house across the water, which can only be walked to during low tide. It is there that she meets Marnie.

Although she finds Marnie to be the first kid her age that she gets along with, there is something mysterious about her—Marnie even tells Anna to keep her a secret from the town. Anna has trouble remembering things, and even blacks out. How are these things related to Marnie? Just who is this strange girl?

General Information:

Alternative Name: When Marnie Was There
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Aired: Jul 19, 2014
Producers: Studio Ghibli
Genres: Mystery, Psychological
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: G – All Ages



Since Omoide no Marnie is a Ghibli movie, you know its beautiful. The movie is about a girl named Anna who’s an orphan. Anna has Asthma so the doctor recommends she moves from the city to the countryside. When she moves she meets this girl Marnie who tells here to keep their meeting a secret. The more Anna learns about Marnie the more mysterious she gets. When you discover the shocking truth about Marnie things start to make sense. The thing I enjoyed most is how Anna‘s character developed because of Marnie. Its like by the end of the movie Anna became a better version of herself.

The animation and Art of Omoide no Marnie is breath taking. The house, the forest, and the Lighthouse were all significant. Not to mention the character design is pretty great. I expect not less from Ghibli. The voice actresses of the main characters are new but they were incredible. On to the story… It was sad and beautiful. The story unrevealed in a great way, I don’t think it would be as good if it were told differently. The ending was pretty sad for me. I highly recommend this movie Its one of the best animated movies I’ve came across.

Overall Rating: 9/10

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