Can Anime Teach You How to Be a Grown-Up? 

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro is probably the most serene of Miyazaki's anime, a film in which growing up means accepting one's own powerlessness. Sisters Satsuki and Mei move with their father in a new country home while their mother is hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. When the hyper pair isn't chasing dust motes, they commiserate and share boisterous visions of a big, cuddly "Totoro," a figure that teaches them the necessity of patience. In this scene, the girls sow acorn seeds and wait for some sign that their labor will bear fruit, but instead are shown that their magic friend can't provide a quick fix. Totoro teaches the kids to be happy with what they have, allowing them to wake up the next morning and be satisfied with the few changes that have occurred overnight.


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