Anna was born and raised in Sapporo. Voice actor (GKids) Review contains so many gifs and some spoilers–the plot twist is embedded in a link, but there are a lot of pictures. It would have been easy for the story to end on an ambiguous note as so many stories like this do but thankfully the plot is fully explained and provides answers that make the story even more meaningful. As you both get in you run up the stairs only to see Marnie. Marnie functions in the book as a way of pulling her out of her head, as do the neighbors, who I think have a much better role in the book. Anna is a young orphan girl who by her own judgement is both friendless and unloved. In order to help Anna, Mrs. Preston, whom Anna calls "Auntie," sends her for an extended summer holiday to stay with Mr. and Mrs. Pegg in Norfolk. While there, Anna sees Marnie dancing with a boy named Kazuhiko. After talking with Anna's foster mother, Doctor Yamashita suggests that Anna takes time away from city life and live in the countryside to help alleviate her symptoms of her asthma even though she school hadn't ended yet so Yoriko sends Anna to a rural town called Kissakibetsu to stay with Yoriko's relatives, whom Anna had only met a couple of times as a young child. An anime’s OST draws us closer to the story and its characters by letting us feel what they feel. First off, I read the book in English first, which really colored my experience of the movie differently. I feel like your experience might be colored by the hints of romance in the book, however–now that you’ve seen Anna blush in the movie, it may be hard *not* to see her blush in the book, you know? Anna has a low self-esteem, deeming herself worthless, ugly, awkward, a nuisance and abnormal. Source [gif: Marnie running over to Anna, who is crying, and comforting her]. Finding life hard at school and feeling unloved by her foster parents, Anna goes to stay with Mr and Mrs Pegg who live in a Norfolk village by the sea. My heart was filled with so much emotion and my imagination was so free, creating those wonderful scenery that felt so dreamy and magical. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? I read this because I love the Studio Ghibli version of this and the adaption I do like quite a bit more, but I still enjoyed this as well. She likes to be alone, sketching. A ghost? The story starts off very simple yet it progresses into something very deep and as its mystery is gradually revealed it touches on concepts that are rarely captured in story telling of any medium. https://ghibli.fandom.com/wiki/Anna_Sasaki?oldid=113523, Marnie's parents (Unnamed biological great-grandparents). Title: Female Setsu briefly talks to Anna about her own children and allows Anna to sleep in her daughter's old bedroom. After settling down, Anna writes a letter to Yoriko and takes it to the post office where she is spotted by the locals Nobuko Kadoya and her mother but Anna runs away when she notices them. The Ghibli movie is coming out in Japan soon, so I gave this book a read-through. Beautifully written. Once Marnie is gone, Anna slowly begins to bounce back from the intensity of their friendship, even convincing herself that Marnie may never have existed. It is more than what it appears to be on the surface and it is far deeper than a typical plot about friendship and growing up. I really liked the writing; it was easy to get lost in the story. The mystery of the girl vanishes into thin air along with the girl herself, as Marnie's character too, is highly contradicting. Please. Anyway, the point is this I think this was a lost chance, I tend to hear not everything has to be gay complains, like if 99% of every bond between two same sex individuals in fiction was indeed gay instead of the very opposite? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. My review is available at: Anna struggles to make friends and frequently gets into trouble at her boarding school, which troubles her foster mother, Mrs. Preston. As a bisexual lady-type, I have platonic friendships with amazing women to whom I am not attracted, and I also have a subset of women to whom I am very attracted. […] book is basically the anti-Marnie. Eventually, she met a man named Kazuhiko. I come from a generation where girls generally thought of boys as being “gross”, “rude” or just plain stupid. It ran as five episodes, each 15 minutes, from November 8 to 12. ( Log Out / Wuntermenny rescues her, and she returns to being bedridden. And yes, girls didn’t think anything of acting like a giggly touchy-feely ditz. I want to hear your thoughts in comparison with the book, but at least when I got it, it was a big pain to get a hold of–I had to redownload my phone kindle app to set it to the Japan Amazon store to download it in English, ironically enough. Also, I feel like the family stuff is a bit better handled in the book, and it feels more like “What a TWIST” in the movie. Anna and Marnie become fast friends, spending many evenings together on the water and in the dunes. Not because of the plot itself--which is the tiniest bit predictable in spots. She arrives, later walking to the nearby staithe that opens into a creek inset a marsh. The book itself, a British children's novel, was published in 1967. A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. Name Earlier narration speaks about Marnie’s (girl)friend as a child whom she did love and was greatly attached to. Although, I'll go into that in finer detail as we approach the main review proper. In 2014, it was adapted by Studio Ghibli as an animated film of the same name. アンナ佐々木 (Sasaki Anna) The power of grandma love compels you!” Reminded me, as an American, too much of the original English dub of Sailor Moon.