Watching this 8 years too late. When I finished watching this I thought I’d check in on Ed - I follow him on Twitter but never see his tweets - anyway he’s retweeted some breaking news in the States that recently declassified documents have revealed that the CIA has been “ secretly conducting massive surveillance programs that capture Americans’ private information” - that was shared 11 hours ago.
If you compare this film to the rest of the Ghibli repertoire, it will naturally feel like it falls a little short of something that is actually great. But I watched this without thinking of its cousins and I really, really enjoyed it. There are some parts, particularly towards the end of the film, that are pretty cheesy. But I just love how Studio Ghibli portrays young, teenage girls. It's never a big deal that they are fearless yet full…