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The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday  

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Moving away from your family to start a new life is always a stressful option; you never really know what you're missing until it's no longer in front of you. When Taeko Okajima leaves her life in the city to visit her brother-in-law, she realizes just how much nostalgia has been packed away in the years she's been gone. Questioning her life choices, her time spent away from the city makes her rethink everything. 

Slice-of-life series like this always do the heart well; they're so sweet and simple, being something that most people can relate to on some level. Classic tales like My Neighbor Totoro or series like Poco's Udon World are all series that have a similar feel to them. Acknowledging change, remembering family and growing fond of what we have while recognizing what we want are all elements these series play on heavily.

We've brought together a list of anime like Only Yesterday to bring you back home once again. Let us know which recommendations were you favorite by voting them up! 

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Flavors of Youth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Flavors of Youth
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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more
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Ocean Waves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Ocean Waves, also known as I Can Hear the Sea, is a 1993 Japanese anime television film produced by Studio Ghibli. Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and written by Kaori Nakamura, the film is based ...more
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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio Ghibli. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 ...more
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Whisper of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. The film ...more
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Rainbow Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Rainbow Fireflies
Rainbow Fireflies is a 2012 Japanese anime film directed by Kōnosuke Uda.
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Welcome to the N.H.K. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Welcome to the N.H.K. is a Japanese novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, with a cover illustration by Yoshitoshi ABe, and was published by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan on January 28, 2002. The novel ...more
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Sakura Quest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Sakura Quest
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Living for the Day After Tomor... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Living for the Day After Tomorrow
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Hitotsubu ni Kawaranu Ai wo Ko... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Hitotsubu ni Kawaranu Ai wo Komete
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Aki no Kanade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Aki no Kanade
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Poco's Udon World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Poco's Udon World
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Kayoko's Diary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Kayoko's Diary
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When Marnie Was There is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
When Marnie Was There is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It ...more
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Heidi, Girl of the Alps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Heidi, Girl of the Alps is a 1974 Japanese anime series by Zuiyo Enterprises based on the Swiss novel Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning by Johanna Spyri. It was directed by Isao Takahata ...more
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Space Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
One night in 2006, when they were young, the two brothers Mutta (born 1993) and Hibito (born 1996) saw what appeared to be a UFO heading for the moon. They decided that night to both become ...more
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Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese animated film directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda. The film stars the voices of Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki and Yukito Nishii. The story follows ...more
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Millennium Actress is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Millennium Actress is a 2001 Japanese anime film by director Satoshi Kon and animated by the Studio Madhouse. It tells the story of a documentary filmmaker investigating the life of an elderly ...more
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Hanasaku Iroha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Hanasaku Iroha, or Hanairo for short, is a Japanese 26-episode anime television series produced by P.A.Works and directed by Masahiro Ando. The screenplay was written by Mari Okada, with ...more
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A Letter to Momo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
A Letter to Momo is a 2011 Japanese anime drama film written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. It is produced by the animation studio Production I.G. This film follows the 11-year-old Momo, who ...more
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Mai Mai Miracle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Mai Mai Miracle is a Japanese animated film based on Nobuko Takagi's novelization of her autobiography, Maimai Shinko. It was produced by the animation studio Madhouse, distributed by Shochiku, ...more
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The Place Promised in Our Earl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a 90-minute Japanese anime film created and directed by Makoto Shinkai, following his previous work Voices of a Distant Star. As in the previous film, the ...more
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa ...more
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My Neighbors the Yamadas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
My Neighbors the Yamadas is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Hayato Isobata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, ...more
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Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Like Only Yesterday
Mind Game is a 2004 Japanese animated feature film based on Robin Nishi's Japanese comic of the same name. It was planned, produced and primarily animated by Studio 4°C and adapted and ...more