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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Kochi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in the suburb of Tokyo. One day he picks up a large stone which turns out to be a fossil of a baby "Kappa" (a mythical Japanese water creature)... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Hara
Stars: Kazato Tomizawa, Takahiro Yokokawa, Naoki Tanaka
Animation | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Amamiya Shuuhei moves from Tokyo to the country side due to his grandmother's bad health. His father is a famous pianist and Shuuhei has taken strict piano lessons since he was very young, ... See full summary »

Directors: Masayuki Kojima, Ryôsuke Nakamura
Stars: Aya Ueto, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Hiroyuki Amano
Colourful (2010)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove worthy for rebirth, inhabiting the body of a student who killed himself.

Director: Keiichi Hara
Stars: Kumiko Asô, Greg Ayres, Luci Christian
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Hilary Haag, Corey Hartzog, Leraldo Anzaldua
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It is 300 years into the future. Earth's environment had been devastated by mankind's own foolish plans and humankind is beleaguered by the sentient forests which they have awoken. The ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Sugiyama
Stars: Ryô Katsuji, Aoi Miyazaki, Yûko Kotegawa
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director: Takahiro Ômori
Stars: Hiroki Gotô, Asami Imai, Taya Jun
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuka Nanri
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A pilot, despite being advised not to, bonds with a princess when he is tasked with escorting the royal subject overseas and across enemy territory to reunite her with her future husband.

Director: Jun Shishido
Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Daisuke Ono, Takeshi Tomizawa
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Inspired by her grandfather's stories, young Shinko embarks on wild flights of fancy about the history of the little town she lives in. But dreams can't fend off the realities of growing up.

Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Stars: Masao Agawa, Chisa Bandai, Shôya Chiba
Summer Wars (2009)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

August 1995: Mikiya first meets Shiki in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later on, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, ... See full summary »

Directors: Takuya Nomura, Takuya Nomura
Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda
Animation | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote ... See full summary »

Director: Mizuho Nishikubo
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukie Nakama, Yûsuke Santamaria
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sword | anime | based on novel | See All (3) »

Taglines:

Are you brave enough to change your fate?


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 July 2006 (Japan)  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,000,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Brave Story
17 August 2007 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Say "Anime" these days, and the brewing spat between the local anime community and the company Odex will spring to mind, with the latter suing illegal downloaders of their licensed anime and allegedly gloating over the internet, leaving a bad aftertaste amongst the online folks. But I'm not into serialized anime (ok, I hear those chants of you-don't-know-what- you're-missing), but frankly, I prefer animated movies, as they're to the point, and nothing beats watching them on the big screen.

I thought Brave Story was going to be quite ordinary (from the trailer), but I was glad I was so wrong. It had an interesting premise, and built up nicely to a satisfying conclusion. It played on one of the questions I used to ask myself - what if one day you find everything going just wrong for you, and you're presented an opportunity to make them all right again, albeit with heavy personal sacrifice. Will you leave things as they are, or take the risk and go for it, with zero guarantees everything will come out just fine?

Based on a novel by Miyuki Miyabe, Brave Story has its protagonist, a young boy named Wataru, who seemed to be living the good life, until his world comes crashing down and he sees for himself his dad walking out on the family, and his mum succumbing to illness and is hospitalized. With a tip from the new boy in school, Mitsuru, he decides to try his luck at changing his destiny by passing through a magical gateway, which transports him to the World of Vision, a fantasy land where he has to look for the Tower of Fortune, where the Goddess of Fortune resides in and will grant a single wish. For Wataru, the choice is simple - to get his mother well again.

Fans of medieval fantasies like Dungeons and Dragons (not the movie incarnation) and games like Might and Magic, will have plenty of reasons to like Brave Story. It's like being the gamemaster, and observing your gamer wander around the make believe land recruiting followers, strike alliances, and battle foes, with some sword and sorcery thrown in. The world of Vision that Wataru journeys to, feels like Disneyland with its many worlds partitioned separately for exploration, and adventure. And it strikes the chord right in the beginning, offering some masterful strokes of comedy, and bestowing our protagonist not with great power, but starting him off right at the bottom, as a "hero apprentice", thereby holding your attention as you wait patiently for him to gain some experience.

What made Brave Story work, is clearly the character of Wataru. He's not all powerful, and through his earnestly unwitting and bumbling ways, serve to appeal to you as time goes by. For the young, he's sort of an ideal role model, at times too ideal (hey, I got no qualms with Jin Yong's goody-two-shoes Guo Jing character too) but then you realize that sometimes, these are the kind of boy scout heroes who are lacking screen appearances, and for a change, refreshing. They are plenty of situations where Wataru has to make critical decisions on sacrifice and morals, and in doing so however, stunted the story with predictable outcomes.

But Brave Story more than makes up for it with a host of supporting casts like the Lizard humanoid Kee-Keema, feline Meena, a pet baby dragon, and The Highlanders. The antagonist Mitsuru though, provides ample tussle and the clash of values with Wataru, and he's primarily the "villain", although a sympathetic one, to make our hero look good, and play off against, providing strong messages on friendship - sometimes your values are different, but if you're the friends forever type, you surely know who to count on when the going gets rough.

The animation might not be cutting edge, but it presents the material squarely, and occasionally had the wow-factor, especially in its grander depiction of the finale battles towards the end. Watch this in a proper theatre, and you'd appreciate the job the folks at Skywalker Sound has done. Brave Story might not have a lot of bells and whistles, but its buildup to the story, and its powerful ending, more than makes up for any potential flaws. Animes don't make it to our local screens very often, so supporting a good film like this, will pave the way to more good material coming our way.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How long is it? Ido_Fong_Wong
release date in America? johannex
Entertaining and thought-provoking dmar9147
Discuss Brave Story (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?