Title: From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から)
Released: 2011

Director: Gorō Miyazaki
Class Superlative: Most School Spirit

In a Land of Pure Imagination Realistic Situations

It’s 1963 in the port town of Yokohama. With their school’s clubhouse, the Latin Quarter, being put up for demolition, Umi and Shun spearhead efforts to save the beloved institution. And, y’know, sparkage between Umi and Shun, plus Umi having to run the boarding house that she lives in. 

Adorable Child Delicious Dish Alert

Y’all, Umi has COOKING SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS. Studio Ghibli’s always made anime food look good, but it’s like they were on a mission to include as much food as possible this time.

Lovable Anthropomorphic Latin Quarter Sidekick

The Latin Quarter is full of quirky characters (like the Philosophy Club prez!), but none as prominent as Shirō, the student body president. Forget Shun; Shirō’s where it’s at! He even makes the proto-Biebs hair WORK. And just look how well he leans on things!

Wait, WTF?

I can’t reveal what this is without being super spoiler-y, but you’ll know it when it happens.* TRUST. (Spoiler below.)

*Even though it turns out to be just a scare.

Famous Voices

I actually watched the dub AND the sub! But I can only name-drop from the Disney dub, so.

Class Superlative: Most School Spirit

I always love it when characters are just so deeply passionate towards their causes and hobbies, and Poppy Hill is no exception. The movie did lose me a little with a certain storyline, but I choose to remember it more for the enthusiasm that the kids had towards preserving their clubhouse, instead of other things.

Exploring the Studio Ghibli Vault

Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she oversaw all things FYA Book Club from 2013 to 2023.