Only Yesterday vs. Whisper of the Heart

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Two phenomenal non-Miyazaki Ghibli movies. Only Yesterday is a very closely-observed coming-of-age movie, with gorgeous backdrops that remind me of my time in rural Japan. But Whisper of the Heart is one of the best and most sympathetic films I've ever seen about the creative process. So close, but Whisper this time.

Tight one. I think Whisper of the Heart has the edge both visually and narratively, but it's awfully close.