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Release Date:
20 November 2004 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Against all odds, a promise will be kept.
Plot:
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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User Reviews:
A pure and beautiful work See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Hiroki Fujisawa (voice)
Masato Hagiwara ... Takuya Shirakawa (voice)
Yuka Nanri ... Sayuri Sawatari (voice) (as Yuuka Nanri)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Okabe (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Tomizawa (voice)
Risa Mizuno ... Maki Kasahara (voice)
Hidenobu Kiuchi ... Arisaka (voice)
Masami Iwasaki ... Emishi Seisakujo Koin / Eki Shanai Announce / Byoin Incho (voice)
Eiji Takemoto ... Emishi Seisakujo Koin / TV News (voice)
Takahiro Hirano ... Emishi Seisakujo Koin / Daigakuinsei (voice)
Takeshi Maeda ... Daigakuinsei / Radio Hoso (voice)
Rie Nakagawa ... Joshi Seito / Josei Kangoshi (voice)
Yûki Nakao ... Joshi Seito (voice)
Maki Saitou ... Joshi Seito / Josei Kangoshi (voice)
Kousuke Kujirai ... Danshi Seito (voice)
Bretto Coleman ... Beigunjin (voice)
Ian O'Neal ... NSA (voice)
Hirochika Kamize ... Jushisen Keikoku (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jessica Boone ... Sayuri Sawatari (voice: English version)
Matthew Crawford ... Male Student (voice: English version)
James Z. Erivayer ... Graduate Student (voice: English version)
Jacob A. Gragard ... Emishi Plant Worker (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Illich Guardiola ... Arisaka (voice: English version)
Hilary Haag ... Female Student (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Graduate Student (voice: English version)
Adam Jones ... Emishi Plant Worker (voice: English version)
Jacob Jones ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Andrew Love ... Emishi Plant Worker (voice: English version)
Kalob Martinez ... Takuya Sawatari (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... Tomizawa (voice: English version)
Rob Mungle ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Chris Nelson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Mariela Ortiz ... Female Student (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... Hiroki Fujisawa (voice: English version)
Lesley Pedersen ... Female Student (voice: English version) (as Lesley Tesh)
Carl Ruthers ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Okabe (voice: English version)
Kira Vincent-Davis ... Maki Kasahara (voice: English version)

Directed by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Writing credits
Makoto Shinkai (story)

Makoto Shinkai (screenplay)

Steven Foster (adaptation)

Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer
Makoto Shinkai .... producer
Naomi Toda .... promotional producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tenmon 
 
Cinematography by
Makoto Shinkai (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Casting by
Makoto Matsuda 
 
Art Department
Yasushi Ebihara .... background art
Keiko Gouda .... painter: Studio M
Akira Hirosawa .... background art
Akiko Majima .... background art
Ayumi Maruyama .... painter: Studio M
Kiyoshi Ochiai .... background art
Madoka Ohki .... painter: Studio M
Makoto Shinkai .... art
Makoto Shinkai .... background art
Makoto Shinkai .... color designer
Makoto Shinkai .... storyboard artist
Yuko Tanaka .... art cooperation
Arata Toma .... background art
 
Sound Department
Bungo Fujiwara .... recording director
Jacob A. Gragard .... adr recordist
Shôji Kato .... sound effects (as Shôji Katô)
Shinji Kazama .... sound effects assistant
Rie Komiya .... sound effects assistant
Kazuhiko Miyamoto .... mixing engineer
Kazuhiko Miyamoto .... sound recording engineer
Keiichirô Morimoto .... mixing assistant
Makoto Shinkai .... sound director
Makoto Sumiya .... mixing engineer
Hitoshi Yamada .... sound recording engineer
 
Special Effects by
Makoto Shinkai .... model designer: Bela Cielo
Makoto Shinkai .... modeler
 
Animation Department
Akinori Anzai .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Yuji Emoto .... in-between animator: TANTO
Tetsuo Hirakawa .... animation cooperation
Daisuke Hiramaki .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Akira Hirosawa .... cel brushing
Akira Hosogaya .... animation cooperation
Daisuke Ito .... in-between animator: TANTO
Satomi Kashihara .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Katsuhiko Kitada .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Mayumi Kitamura .... animation cooperation
Chizuru Kobayashi .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Chika Kojima .... animation cooperation
Tetsuya Koshizaki .... animation cooperation
Kiyotaka Oshiyama .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Tomoyo Sawada .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Ryôsuke Sekiguchi .... animation cooperation (as Ryousuke Sekiguchi)
Hiromi Suzuki .... assistant animation director
Aya Takano .... in-between animator: asread
Takumi Tanji .... background artist
Takumi Tanji .... cel brushing
Ushio Tazawa .... character designer
Ushio Tazawa .... chief animation director
Mihoko Tomita .... in-between animator: Kagura
Rie Usui .... animation cooperation
 
Editorial Department
Daisuke Atsumi .... HD film converter
Yuuko Hasegawa .... assistant IQ editor
Yuko Shimura .... film lab coordinator
Yoshinari Yamzaki .... IQ editor (as Yoshinari Yamazaki)
 
Music Department
Bungo Fujiwara .... music producer
Hiroyuki Koike .... musician: first violin
Rei Koike .... musician: second violin
Noriko Mihara .... music engineer
Toshio Okazawa .... musician: guitar
Kazuhisa Saito .... musician: viola
Nobukazu Sakai .... music production coordinator
Youji Sugiyama .... contractor: strings
Seiichi Takahashi .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Hiroaki Hirabayashi .... subtitle timing
Yukihiro Ishikawa .... DVD extras editor
Yumiko Kikuchi .... production accountant
Mikio Mori .... cooperation: dolby film
Chiharu Ochiai .... DVD booklet designer
Chiharu Ochiai .... DVD extras producer
Chiharu Ochiai .... promotional design
Shinichiro Yoshida .... researcher
 
Thanks
Yasuki Hamano .... thanks
Norio Ikawa .... thanks
Yutaka Kamata .... thanks
Hikaru Kondo .... special thanks
Kenichiro Kuroiwa .... thanks
Yoshikazu Miyagawa .... thanks
Takahiro Otsuki .... thanks
Masaya Sakamoto .... thanks
Haruhisa Shinkai .... thanks
Masayasu Takigawa .... thanks
Daisuke Umezu .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:91 min
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Sayuri Sawatari:In the dream, I am alone in an empty universe. In that dream, my whole body... fingers, cheeks, fingernails, heels, and even the tips of my hair are painful with loneliness. Those warm days we spent together seem more like a dream. But as long as I don't lose those memories, I think I might be able to keep a grip on reality in the future.See more »
Soundtrack:
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A pure and beautiful work, 15 September 2006
Author: novaj5 from Australia

Makoto Shinkai came back. And this time he is not alone.

'The Place Promised in Our Early Days' is a pure and beautiful piece of work. This has probably the most beautiful visuals of all animations that I've seen ('Please Save My Earth' and some others are also beautiful but they all have different characteristics, I must say). Pictures themselves are beautiful, and it is no wonder how people call him the 'magician of light'.

My overall impression of this anime is that it's like a poet but with Sci-Fi to match with it. 'Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no koe)' was quite boring for me honestly. But with a similar structure and image, 'The Place...' seems to deliver much better what Makoto Shinkai wanted to deliver, even though its story is slightly loose here and there.

I do think, however, that it is 'too' consistent throughout - from Makoto Shinkai's authentic poetic and solitary, pure atmosphere to its story/drama, visuals (e.g. lighting), music etc (I must say that sound aspects outside music is not very well done but let's put that aside), pretty much everything. This strengthens the sense of purity this anime represents, but I really think it would be better to have more 'bandwidth' to it, so it can have more dynamics and life in it. It is great how Makoto Shinkai pulled it off gracefully knitted altogether, though. I'd say that 'The Place...' stands on its very own ground, really. I think it is something that's quite different to all the rest, and don't really think it's appropriate to judge this by typical standards.

To hold it together for a much longer period of time, and to do it well, he has effectively implied editing (if I could say that) and careful laying out of the story. But the biggest difference I witnessed from 'The Place...' was how Makoto Shinkai has casted much more characters than before - though characters lack in variety as well. This enriches the story as well as adding complexity and depth to it so you don't get bored out easily.

But after all, it is superb how well Makoto Shinkai has put the whole thing together so well. I was very fascinated and captured while I was watching it - which didn't happen for quite some time. I think this is one piece of work that overwhelms viewers by its beauty and sense of purity.

P.S. Although I can understand how some animatings are not up to the feature animation quality, I personally think it'd be better for Makoto Shinkai to get somebody good to retouch on his characters' faces.

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