Seeing this picture, it's hard not to constantly compare it to Miyazaki and other Ghibli masterpieces.
Well, it successfully (and intentionally) strikes many of the notes that fans would want and like, both in substance and style, while also bringing its own personal flare. The story is well-suited, well-adapated, and I really really liked it, which while being caught up in comparisons, means I loved it. To stack up at all is quite an accomplishment. I look forward to the future efforts of Studio Ponoc.