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.