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From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill
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Summary: The story is set in Showa 38 (1963, a year before the Tokyo Olympics) and follows the coming of age of a high school girl named Matsuzaki Umi. The manga recounts her everyday life of laughter and tears with a school newspaper member, the student council president, and other schoolmates.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies
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Summary: In the latter part of World War II, a boy and his sister, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo, are left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. The plot follows this boy and his sister as they do their best to survive in the Japanese countryside, battling hunger, prejudice, and pride in their own quiet, personal battle.

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
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Summary: Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three, is apprenticed to make hats for the people of Ingary, a place where spells, magic cloaks, and seven-league boots exist. She and all the young girls are warned to stay inside or be taken by Howl, the evil wizard whose black castle can be seen moving through the hills. After an encounter with a witch and with a spell cast on her to make her an old woman, Sophie goes to seek adventure. She heads towards Howl`s moving castle where she will encounter things she had never imagined.

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service
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Summary: Kiki is thirteen years old, right at the age when a young witch in training is supposed to travel to another city and strike out for herself. It`s a real test of responsibility and independence, and if Kiki can handle it for a year, she`ll be ready to undergo the rest of her education.So, with only a little money, her pet cat/confidante Jiji, and her mother`s broom, Kiki makes her way to a big city by the sea, where witches haven`t been seen for years and the demand for them isn`t exactly great. Being resourceful, Kiki starts the kind of business most suitable for a witch who can fly on a broom: an airborne package delivery service. As her fledgling business becomes more and more successful, she meets various friends who each teach her about independence, inspiration, and what to do on days when both seem to vanish.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
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Summary: This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer`s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta`s neck. Their quest won`t be easy, however. There are greedy air pirates, secret government agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth, and from each other.

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro
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Summary: Totoro is a forest spirit that little Mei, and later her older sister Satsuki, encounter in a giant camphor tree near their new home in the countryside. Although their father, a university professor, is with them when they move, their mother is in the hospital, recovering from some unnamed illness. When Mei hears that her mother`s condition may be getting worse, she resolves to visit her all by herself. When everyone realizes she`s missing, only Totoro knows how to find her!

My Neighbors the Yamadas

My Neighbors the Yamadas
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Summary: Join in the adventures of the quirky Yamada family—from the hilarious to the touching±brilliantly presented in a unique, visually striking comic strip style. Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, who has no talent for housework, navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage and family life with a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents, and a pesky daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues!

Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday
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Summary: Only Yesterday revolves around Taeko, a single woman working a desk job in Tokyo in 1982, taking a vacation in the countryside with the family of her sister in-law. During her vacation, Taeko finds herself looking back at her time as a young schoolgirl growing up in 1966. The film flips back and forth between the two time periods with a lot of nostalgia and beautiful country scenery as Taeko sorts out her flashbacks and tries to make some tough decisions about her future.

Pom Poko

Pom Poko
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Summary: In Pom Poko (the Japanese title literally means Heisei-era Raccoon War Pom Poko), Tanuki living in the forest near a government construction project, are being threatened by the destruction of their habitat. Banding together and seeking help from other tribes of Tanuki, they live up to their traditionally mischievous reputation by changing their shape and trying to sabotage the construction effort.When this fails, they stage one last great illusion, hoping to alert the city folk to the natural wonders being bulldozed to make room for yet another Tokyo suburb, before it`s too late...

Ponyo

Ponyo
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Summary: A young boy, Sousuke, befriends a strange looking goldfish whom he names Ponyo. Unbeknownst to Sousuke, Ponyo is a magic fish who has decided that she wants to live with Sousuke and the other humans. Unfortunately, Ponyo`s decision to give up her underwater life creates a crack in an ancient magic spell, and places the world in danger. Together, Sousuke and Ponyo must set things right.

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