Let me tell you about Whisper of the Heart.
This movie was directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, the man Hayao Miyazaki chose as his successor, and it features maybe one of my favorite recordings of “Country Roads.” It’s a quiet movie about a girl who’s just a little awkward with her peers, who loves her friends and her family but sometimes feels she doesn’t quiet fit with them. She has an amazing imagination and loves books and works off of her hunches. She has little adventures on her own, like following a cat that takes the train to an old antique shop.
And she writes! She writes a whole book about a carving in the antique shop and turns it into a wild fairy story. She stays up all night sometimes writing it, because it’s something she feels like she needs to do. And it’s not perfect on the first try, just like a real novel. But her efforts are commended, and that’s good for her.
And it’s also a story about a boy she meets over the summer and comes to fall in love with in the sweetest way possible.
Yoshifumi Kondo died in 1998 at the age of 47, and after you watch this movie you, too, will understand how goddamn tragic that is. Not only because of how young he was, but because of the stories he had yet to tell.
tl;dr: Watch Whisper of the Heart