Even though Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill was released in July of last year, we are just now receiving a properly subtitled version of the trailer… And if not for this September’s Reel Anime Festival in Sydney, Australia– we probably wouldn’t even have that. Sadly, anime fans in the States won’t be getting a proper release of the entire film till Spring of next year– almost 2 years after its original Japanese release. Ridiculous.
Ghibli, mostly know for their fantasy based animated films– looks to have gone for a more “slice of life” story this time around… Which makes me perfectly satisfied. The somber and moody look of the film just suits me. From Up on Poppy Hill is based on the 1980s shōjo manga of the same name by Tetsuo Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi. The film is scripted by animation genius Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke) and directed by Miyazaki’s son, Gorō Miyazaki.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
Set in Yokohama, From Up On Poppy Hill is a high school love story that takes place in the year before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As the country begins to pick itself up from the devastation of the Second World War, the new generation struggles to move towards a prosperous future whilst trying not to lose the essence of their past. The film’s rich and vibrant animation captures the entrancing beauty of Yokohama’s harbour and lush surrounding hillsides and, with a soundtrack that draws inspiration from the finest music of the time, perfectly captures the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn.
From Up on Poppy Hill will be released in the U.S. in March 2013.