eclimial said:
It's a bit sad that it wasn't released earlier in the US. Disney acquired the rights to release and translate all the Ghibli movies in August 1996 with the exception of 'Only Yesterday'. Apparently a British company got the rights to 'Only Yesterday' first, then Disney finally bought them out.
Actually, Disney refused Only Yesterday because it thought the part where the little girls discussed menstruation was too racy for a Disney Movie at that time. The British company then picked up the film.