josh lewis’s review published on Letterboxd:
this, regretfully, was only my 2nd miyazaki film so i came at it from a bit of a place of ignorance – just in terms of his filmography – but oh my god am i in love. never have i been so immediately swept up into an animated world and found myself so delighted by its beauty, horrified by its truths and surprised by its richness. filled with lovingly detailed designs and textures and complexities hidden within what initially appeared to be a basic story – there was seriously no character or theme in this film without fascinating nuances to explore. truly a masterwork.