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A 1994 Japanese animated film produced by Bandai studios, Junkers Come Here focuses on Hiromi, a grade school student from a fairly well-off family who has now to deal with her parents' divorce. Having long been a subject to a mother who comes home late every night and a father who is usually out of the country, Hiromi is raised mostly by her maid, Fumie, and her (attractive) tutor, Keisuke. Thankfully, she has her loyal and adorable dog Junkers for company. Oh, and by the way, only Hiromi knows it, but Junkers can talk!

Directed by Junichi Sato of Sailor Moon and Kaleido Star fame, with character designs by the late Kazuo Komatsubara.

This anime film provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Sometimes, especially if it means a lot to you, it is better to say how you feel rather than to suffer in silence.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Realistically averted with Junkers.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Keisuke to Hiromi's mother: "When was the last time you saw Hiromi cry?"
  • Be Careful What You Wish For / My God, What Have I Done?: Hiromi uses her first miracle from Junkers to wish Keisuke doesn't get married to his girlfriend, Yoko, the next day Yoko breaks up with Keisuke, severely depressing him.
  • Dramatic Irony: On her birthday, Hiromi wakes up in the middle of the night and sees that both her parents are at home, since there's still a few minutes left of her birthday she is very happy to have both her parents together for her birthday so she rushes downstairs... only to eavesdrop just when her mother proposes the divorce to her father.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end Hiromi's parents decide not to divorce, her mother moves to San Francisco to take a new job, while Hiromi stays in Japan with her father eventually moving all together with her mother, the downside is that Junkers has lost his ability to speak and is now a normal dog... or is he?.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first scenes, to show that Junkers is not a a normal dog, we see a him going inside a men's bathroom, then using the urinal and flushing it, while a normal dog urinates on a tree.
  • Faux Shadow: You'd think Junker's fear of cats would play a role in the film, but it doesn't.
  • Freefall Romance: Done with Hiromi's parents when they are whisked away by Junkers, it is significant that the father is the first to reach out to the mother, which shows that he still loves her but didn't want to oppose the divorce because he wanted her to be happy, Hiromi's mother realizes this and it's surprised by it.
  • Ghibli Hills: Character designer and animation director Kazuo Komatsubara worked with both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata during his illustrious career.
  • Heroic BSoD: Hiromi's reaction when her mother asks her (supposedly hypothetically) what would she think of her parents separating, Hiromi holds a blank stare for several seconds.
  • Ironic Fear: Junkers is afraid of cats. In Real Life, this wouldn’t be a surprise, as the average dog that’s as small as Junkers would be afraid of cats, since they’re closer to their eye level and just as fierce and territorial.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Played straight with Hiromi's crush with Keisuke since she wants him to be happy with Yoko, so her crush on him will always be unrequited.
    • Deconstructed with Hiromi towards her parents' divorce, since she wants them to be happy but she is internally torn apart by the notion of her family breaking up, so she puts on a stoic facade that starts to take a toll on her emotionally.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: At the end of the movie Junkers cannot speak anymore, Hiromi wonders if Junkers was really a talking dog and if everything that happened was really the product of his magic, although the final scene shows Junkers using the men's urinal, hinting that everything was real.
  • Mindlink Mates: Invoked by Hiromi to "explain" to her mother why both her and her father remember the same "dream" of being whisked away by Junkers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Keisuke, not just Hiromi has a crush on him, also Fumie.
  • Mundane Wish: Hiromi while running with Junkers after Yoko's car she shouts "I wish you to come back!", Junkers then grants her second wish, and Yoko and Keisuke reconcile.
    • For her third wish Junkers offers Hiromi to wish her parents don't get divorced, Hiromi declines by saying that she doesn't want to force them to live together if they don't love each other anymore, then she breaks down sobbing, and wishes that, just one last time, her family to be all happy together, Junkers grants her wish and whisks her and her parents away to the beach where Hiromi has her best childhood memories.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hiromi's mother makes an offhand remark that her assistant at her new job looks a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Later we see that he really does.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Oho boy... Both of Hiromi's parents are completely oblivious to her suffering, believing her to be very mature and taking the divorce quite well.
  • Three Wishes: Junkers tells Hiromi that he can grant three miracles.