こんにちわ or Konnichiwa which means hello or good afternoon,

 

Today I am going to talk about Tonari no Totoro a Japanese anime written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Ghibli Studios. I watched it last week twice once in English and once in Japanese because the American version was too horrible. It was the second time I was watching it all in Japanese without subtitles. The first time was in France in my Japanese class. Our teacher explained us the story so it was not difficult to understand.

 

It is about two daughters of a professor who meet friendly wood spirits. The two daughters are named Satsuki and Mei. They are 10 and 4 years old. The film won the Animage, Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award for Best Film in 1988. 

 
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By taking this bus you can go to Ghibli museum. I will go next week I think. It is always full so we have to book in advance.

 

 

The story:

 

Satsuki, Meiand their father move to an old house to be closer to the hospital where their mother is recovering from a sickness. They live near a little boy, Kanta and his grandmother. The first day in their new house they discovered that small black creatures called “black soots” were living in their house. They were not scared because Kanta's grandmother explain them that black soots were not that dangerous.

 

Their life was nice and they were just waiting for their mum to get back home. One day when Mei was playing outside she seed two small rabbits and followed them into the forest where she met for the first time Totoro. Totoro is a big forest spirit. She tried to tell her father and her sister but they did not believe her. On a rainy day Satsuki and Mei went to the bus stop where to meet their dad. They wanted to give him his umbrella because it was raining and he did not have one. The bus was late and Mei was sleeping. Totoro was also waiting at the same bus stop with a huge leaf on his head to cover himself from the rain. Satsuki saw him and lend him her father's umbrella. When his Catbus arrived he left with the umbrella but before leaving he magically made the rain stop and gave them a bamboo leaf full of acorn seeds. They planted the seeds at home and with a magical dance the seeds sprout.

 

But when one day a telegram came from the hospital saying that their mother couldn't come back to their home right now, Mei panicked and started believing that she could be cured with healthy food. She runs to the hospital to give an ear of corn to her mother but she gets lost. While that Granny (their neighbor who helped them take care of the house) gathers all the villagers to search for Mei and Satsuki asked Totoro to help her. So Totoro took her to Mei with the Catbus. They found Mei and went to the hospital, perched at a tree listening to their parents conversation and understood that their mother just had a cold, then they secretly leave the corn and went back home.

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Here are the lyrics of the ending song

 

Tonari No Totoro

To to ro totoro to to ro totoro


Dareka ga kossori
Komichi ni ko no mi uzumete

Chiisana me haetara himitsu no ango
Mori e no pasupooto

Sutekina bouken hajimaru


Tonari no to to ro totoro to to ro totoro
Mori no naka ni mukashi kara sunderu

Tonari no to to ro totoro to to ro totoro
Kodomo no toki ni dake anata ni otozureru
Fushigina deai



Ame furi basu tei

Zubunure obake ga itara
Anata no amagasa sashite agemasho

Mori e no pasupooto
Mahou no tobira akimasu

Tonari no to to ro totoro to to ro totoro

Tsukiyo no ban ni okarina fuiteru


Tonari no to to ro totoro to to ro totoro

Moshimo aeta nara sutekina shiawase ga
Anata ni kuru wa

To to ro totoro to to ro totoro


To to ro totoro to to ro totoro
To to ro totoro to to ro totoro...

 

 

My favorite part is the part when Satsuki and Totoro go to rescue Mei because on the front of the bus it is written Mei in hiragana. めい- Mei.

 

I really love this movie if you have seen it please post a comment on my blog! I think it is one of the best anime ever

 

Purple love,

 

Tiyi

  

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