Anime: When Marnie Was There
When Marnie Was There , (Omoide no Marnie, "Marnie of My Memories" , 2014)The 22nd anime film produced by Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and based on the novel "When Marnie Was There" by Joan G. Robinson. It was released on July 19, 2014.Anna is an introverted, alienated, and artistic Ill Girl from Sapporo. Sent to a rural seaside village for her health, she becomes fascinated by a large manor house looming on a nearby point. Investigating, she finds it abandoned. But the second time she visits the house is full of life and light, and home to a blonde girl named Marnie, who Anna has been seeing in her dreams. The two bond and start to open up to each other, until the day Anna visits and finds a new family has bought the house and there is a new girl in Marnie's window. This girl, Sayaka, startles Anna by asking if she is the Marnie who wrote the old diary she'd just found in her room. It's over 70 years old but it recounts Marnie and Anna's adventures just as Anna remembers them. Anna and Sayaka decide that to get to the bottom of this mystery they have to learn all they can about Marnie and hopefully find the diary's missing pages. In the process Anna will learn her own place in the world and perhaps make her first real friend, for the courage she gained opening up to Marnie may allow Anna to open up to Sayaka too.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Anna matures a lot throughout her adventures with Marnie.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The elderly woman, Hisako, who Anna notices painting by the shore. She is Manie's childhood friend, and provides Anna and Sayaka with the first half of the truth about Marnie's identity.
- Definitely Just a Cold: Anna falls unconscious a few times in the movie, but refuses to acknowledge she has a problem.
- The Ferry Man: Alluded to. The first time Anna visits the manor house she found herself stranded on the other side of the bay after the tide came in. A silent fisherman finds her and brings her back to the village.
- Foster Kid: Marnie's governess abuses her when her parents aren't around. Anna fears Yoriko only adopted her for the money.
- Ghostly Goals: Marnie wants to spend time with Anna, who is truly her granddaughter, and help her grow beyond her abandonment issues.
- Ill Girl: Anna, though she works her way up to Plucky Girl by the end.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Anna and Marnie. This is significant, as blue is a very exotic eye color in Japan and Anna's blue eyes do not go unnoticed, which just feeds her sense of isolation.
- Jerkass: The governess and two maids abuse and bully Marnie when her parents are away.
- Long-Lost Relative: Marnie is Anna's grandmother.
- Love Letter Lunacy: Parental love version: Anna's isolation and depression began when she found a hidden letter to her mother that rocked her whole world.
- Parental Abandonment: Marnie's parents are present, but often leave her with an abusive governess; Anna's abandonment issues stem from several traumatic early childhood incidents.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Anna and Marnie's relationship quickly grows into this.
- Time Travel / Living Memory: Both seem possible in the beginning and the difference matters in the end.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Anna and Marnie, respectively. It's a rare example with an introverted tomboy and an outgoing girly girl.
- Write Back to the Future: Marnie's diary in effect though not in intent.