14 January 2003 | JG2001
A very nice film, but difficult to take all in one sitting.
My Neighbors the Yamadas is a wonderful series of short stories based around the misadventures of the Yamada family. Varied in length and tone, you never really know what to expect next. However, while it is indeed a great film, it does have its drawbacks. Chiefly that being the fact that the film is probably too long. Since there is no solid narrative to carry the film through, there isn't a normal sense of pacing, and it can be a struggle for some people to make it all the way to the end in one sitting. Aside from this complaint, the film is still a must see.
Some sequences to watch out for:
The family's young daughter, Nonoko, accidentally gets left behind at a shop while on a family excursion, causing the family to panic. Meanwhile, Nonoko simply waits for them, assuming that her family somehow got lost.
A chase scene in which the father imagines himself as Kamen Rider, the hero of a popular Japanese kid's show.
A scene in which some characters are watching a baseball game on television, and the deceptively simple animation style is used to depict scenes from a real game.