Omoide no Marnie (2014)

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Omoide no Marnie by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. „Omoide no Marnie“ is another movie by Studio Ghibli. The story is about a girl named Anna who lives with foster parents and suffers from asthma attacks. Due to her health condition, the doctor recommends her to go to the country side to breathe better and cleaner air which should improve her health. During her stay, she discovers an abandoned mansion where she meets a mysterious girl named Marnie. Indeed, the house is not as vacant as Anna firstly thought. Both become friends and start meeting every night. However, Anna discovers that something is wrong with Marnie and in the end she finds out the truth.

The anime movie is about the development of their friendship and Marnie is Anna’s only friend. There is a big contrast between both personalities. For example, Marnie is very sociable whereas Anna is a bit more quiet. In the beginning Anna was a very unhappy girl but after meeting Marnie she undergoes a great character development.

Moreover, „Omoide no Marnie“ is a beautiful movie with a heartwarming story. Another good point is that the fictional elements are rather kept to the minimum. However, the beginning of the movie could have been shorted, because it takes too long till Marnie appears on the screen. This makes it a bit boring but in the middle of the movie the suspense starts to rise which holds on till the end. The identity of Marnie and who she really is will be revealed in the end which makes it quite unpredictable.

We also want to add that the animation is very lovely and beautiful and the background images are fascinating especially the depiction of the abandoned mansion.

 

 

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All in all, we really liked „Omoide no Marnie“ but some questions which arised during the anime stayed unanswered. For example: Why is Marnie there?

Cheers,
MikaYuu Hyakuya

 

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