Conclusion: Some will lament the absence of Studio Ghibli's signature fantasy in From Up on Poppy Hill , but I appreciated this simple film as something refreshingly different. This endearing coming-of-age period drama easily won me with the old basic fundamentals of story and characters.
Excerpt: The overwhelming problem with Goro Miyazaki's films is how much the technical quality of their animation outshines the films themselves. His first feature, Tales from Earthsea , was visually stunning in the fluidity of the character movement and the exacting detail and textures of the environments.
Excerpt: Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli is responsible for some of the most gorgeous, imaginative animated fantasy films of all time, yet many of the best Ghibli features have been small, quiet, and grounded in reality.