At the end of the day, this is a story about friendship, trust, and family. The anime aspect of the picture gave it a reality feel animations sometimes can’t. The character of Pod is by far my favorite thing about the movie, and it’s a change from the book I actually like. They made the character this wise-old, zen kind of man, the strong silent type that you know when he speaks, he has something important to say.
What I didn’t get was the character of Spiller. He didn’t exist in the original story until the second book of the series. It feels like he was only added as a triangle love interest for our heroine Arrietty and the human boy Shawn. He really didn’t bring anything to this adaptation. It’s a character I think the movie could have done without.
Overall, I liked the adaptation. I felt that it stayed true to the story the writer wanted to tell.