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Hottarake no shima - Haruka to maho no kagami (2009)

Having lost her mother, Haruka is now a 16 year old girl and feels neglected by her father. She escapes to her grandmother's house and discovers a fox-like creature who steals her keys. She... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Marie Cabanos ...
Haruka (voice)
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Baron (voice)
Julie Maddalena ...
Cotton (voice)
Julie Ann Taylor ...
Haruka's Mother (voice)
Cassandra Morris ...
Teo (voice) (as Cassandra Lee)
David Roach ...
Haruka's Father (voice)
Maki Terashima-Furuta ...
Miho (voice)
Paul St. Peter ...
Elder Soldier Brother (voice) (as George C. Cole)
Derek Stephen Prince ...
Younger Soldier Brother (voice)
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Vikki (voice)
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Decargot (voice)
Mark McCollum ...
Picanta (voice) (as Mark V. McCollum)
Xanthe Huynh ...
Researcher (voice)
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Puppeteer's Wife (voice) (as Amanda C. Miller)
Victor Sgroi ...
Passenger (voice)
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Having lost her mother, Haruka is now a 16 year old girl and feels neglected by her father. She escapes to her grandmother's house and discovers a fox-like creature who steals her keys. She follows him and is transported into a magical world. Written by ley-moon

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I am impressed... very impressed.
17 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I pressed play, I was not sure what to expect. I knew a girl loses her mirror and goes to a "magical world" to get it back. I was wondering, what would the moral be: "treat things with respect"? "Don't forget your stuff?" Anyway, my hopes were not that high and I expected something overly predictable. And what did I get? Well, it wasn't a total opposite of what I thought it would be, but it wasn't a cliché storm either. I liked where the movie went and how it ended. It was a truly magical adventure that made me happy, once I took it. I do not want to spoil anything, so, find it and watch it. There is a fansub (a very good one) floating around the Interwebs, plus there is also a DVD release by Funimation planned for 2012.

Now, to the technical details:

Look: 9/10. The character 3D models aren't the best in the industry, but they are alive with emotion and move nicely. The backgrounds steal the show however, since they are either hand-painted or made to look like it. And the colors in everything are AWESOME.

Length: 10/10. An hour and a half, perfect for this film.

Story: 8/10 or 10/10. It is not too complex, but little details here and there make it perfect. Perfect for me, at least. For this kind of movie, I cannot imagine another story. But some viewers might find it too simple for their sofistik8ted tastes, hence the possible rating of 8/10.

Voice acting: 10/10. I only watched the fansub, but I thought the lines were delivered with the right emotion for every scene.

Music: 10/10. Hear it to believe it. I, for one, am going to hunt the down the soundtrack CD.

Closing remarks - SEE IT.


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