A sweet, nostalgic romance told in soft strokes, it's much better than the rambling, convoluted, muddled mess that was Tales From Earthsea/Gedo Senki. Here's what I liked about it:

  • Shun is a cool dude. And his friend with the glasses is such a smooth criminal.
  • The nice save of singing the school song when the principal bust in
  • All the little asides (ex: "It's an X chromosome.") from the side characters had the theater in stitches .
  • Everything about Grandma is so formal.
  • Those piano chords whenever something dramatic happened kept making me excited that a new episode of Battlestar Galactica was starting
  • The archeology club only needs to wait 17 years for Indy to make archeology cool again
  • Umi's local shops looked exactly like the older parts of the town I lived in
  • So many Yokohama landmarks are still there today
  • The goonish philosophy club member that jacks off in his philosophy hut
  • Ladder kid has skills
  • The deadpan English voice of the artist chick
  • Since flight porn is Miyazaki Sr.'s thing, is Jr. going for boat porn?
  • The fact that this song was used:

I love "Ue wo Muite Arukou", aka the Sukiyaki Song.