When eleven-year-old Wataru is told he can change his destiny by entering a magic gateway into another world, he jumps at the chance. But on his quest to find the Tower of Fortune and be granted any wish, he must conjure up all his bravery to battle a world of demons, his own friends and ultimately himself.



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Credited cast:
Wataru Mitsuya (voice)
Eiji Wentz ...
Mitsuru (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miki Imai ...
Goddess of Destiny (voice)
Tarô Ishida ...
Bishop Daimon (voice)
Shirô Itô ...
Monk Rau (voice)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
Mysterious Girl (voice)
Onba (voice)
Chiwa Saitô ...
Meena (voice) (as Chiwa Saito)
Rie Shibata ...
Yunababa (voice)
Katsumi Takahashi ...
Akira Mitsuya (voice)
Yoshiko Tanaka ...
Kuniko Mitsuya (voice)
Takako Tokiwa ...
Kutz (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ...
Kee-Keema (voice)


A young boy attempts to change his destiny by entering a magic gateway to another world; but on his quest to find the Tower of Fortune and be granted any wish, he must conjure up all his bravery to battle demons, his friends, and ultimately himself. Written by Josh Wunder

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Are you brave enough to change your fate?


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8 July 2006 (Japan)  »

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JPY 1,000,000,000 (estimated)

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28 November 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable characters, a great fantasy/adventure story, beautiful animation, talented voice actors (Matsu Takako doing the voice for Wataru was the highlight for me), and everything's topped off with an extremely touching ending.

Brave Story's elements are similar to Miyazaki's Spirited Away - you have an alternate world with fantasy creatures, and a child on a save-the-parents mission. And like the anime film Mind Game, there's an overall message to "Seize the day, take charge of your life" and it's very convincing.

What puts this on a level above the already excellent Spirited Away for me is that the ending isn't as cut and dry as saving the parents. It's a more in-your-face ending that made me do a double-take. Kids are really wonderful, and I often forget that. Brave Story reminds me what children are capable of if you give them a long enough leash and stand behind them.

The best movie I've seen in 2006!

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