the story was about the "tiny people" called Borrowers, who were only 10cm tall and lived under the floorboards of any human household. to care for his sickness, Shou moved into the house of his aunt Sadako located outside of town. as he was wandering in the yard, he saw a Borrower named Arrietty. Arrietty and his father came out from under the floorboards at night, to get them the necessities such as sugar. Arrietty got nervous and dropped a sugar cube in Shou's bedroom. Shou heard about the Borrowers and was interested in becoming friends with Arrietty. but when her father realized that humans had discovered their whereabouts, he decided that it was time to move.
the friendship between Shou and Arrietty was beautiful. but like most myths and fairy tales of the Japanese, their love was bittersweet and would never had a chance to bloom. the story, supposedly fascinating and magical, turned out to be disappointing. i was never a huge fan of story that came with a sad ending, perhaps unless it was something way different. telling a tale of the Borrowers, the anime managed to hold my interest regarding these tiny people. hoping Shou would be the bridge between the Borrowers and the human world, i was disappointed that the Borrowers insisted on moving and nothing was changed.
some background on the anime:
- episodes: 1
- director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林宏昌)
- released: 2010
- language: Japanese
- genre: Family/Fantasy