photo credit: Studio Ghibli
I didn't have great expectations, since I found the previous movie adaptations pretty disappointing. But this one is wonderful! The art and animation of it was just beautiful. The scenes with the fields of wildflowers were some of my favorites...the sun shining through the delicate flower petals...the sparkling dew drops...gorgeous!
You could definitely recognize the Japanese touches, not just in the animation, but in the buildings and some of the characters. The Studio Ghibli made a beautiful movie.
The girls loved it as well. I can't wait to start reading the books with them.