Kaguya-hime no Monogatari by Isao Takahata. One day, a bamboo cutter discovers a tiny baby in a glowing bamboo plant. He and his wife decide to raise her as their own child. They think her appearance is a blessing from heaven. The tiny baby grows very quickly and starts making many friends. After a few days, her „father“ finds gold and clothes in another bamboo plant. He thinks that those were meant for Kaguya (the baby girl). At this point her live changes. Her parents want that she is a princess and should live like one. They move into a mansion in the city to turn her into a real princess. However, she has to leave her friends behind. The story goes on with 5 men of noble who want to marry her, so she gives them impossible tasks.
The Studio Ghibli movie is based on a famous Japanese folklore. The story is told like a fairy tale containing humorous elements like the impossible tasks. The movie shows that Kaguya does not like her life as a princess and wants to return to her former life on the countryside. The change of Kaguya from a boyish girl into a princess was very well depicted.
However, the length of the movie of 137 minutes is way too long. A big part takes place in her new mansion as a princess. Indeed, the length of the movie makes it difficult to watch because nothing really happens. In our opinion, „Kaguya-hime no Monogatari“ is a bit boring and unfortunately it did not move us. We think that not many emotions are included except for the ending. Another negative aspect is the style of the animation. We are not big fans of the watercolor art, we think it looks kinda childish.
As aforementioned, it is based on a folklore („Taketori Monogatari„) which we prefer over the anime. Even with the high praise, we were not impressed by it. All in all, the movie contains positive elements but also negative aspects. However, the negative ones dominate and therefore we do not like it.