Jan Daniel Jagutin’s review published on Letterboxd:
"To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!
You only see him when you're very young"
My Neigbor Totoro made me feel a lot of different things. It made me miss my grandma, it made me reminisce childhood, it made me want to cuddle with my cat, it made me laugh (Totoro's gardening ritual made me chuckle), it made me tear up, it made me genuinely happy.
I relate to Satsuki as I grew up with a younger brother who I'm very protective of. I relate to Mei as I was spoiled by my grandmother. It sounds selfish but having a grandma protect, comfort and worry over you is one of the best things in the world, imo.
One thing's for certain, my future children will grow up watching this.
This is only my 2nd Hayao Miyazaki film. I had zero expectations as Spirited Away did nothing for me. Spirited Away's animation was nice but the story felt too random and abstract, a bit David Lynch-ish. I also didn't relate to Chihiro that much. I thought "I've seen better adventure-fantasy anime".