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Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho (2004)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Hiroki Fujisawa (voice)
Masato Hagiwara ... Takuya Shirakawa (voice)
... 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)
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The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be seen from Tokyo. In the summer of 1996, three middle-school students make a promise that they'll cross the border with a self-constructed plane and unravel the tower's secret, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, became mysteriously ill and transferred to Tokyo. Years later on the brink of another war Hiroki Fujisawa finds out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asks Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to wake her up. Written by Anonymous

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On that distant day... we made a promise that we couldn't keep. See more »


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Also Known As:

El lugar que nos prometimos  »

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The book Fujisawa is reading on the train during his journey home is Kenji Miyazawa's Haru to Shura (Spring and Asura). See more »

Quotes

Hiroki Fujisawa: [Narrating] Now, those days are long gone... Our promised place was beyond those clouds.
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Referenced in Your Name. (2016) See more »

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Kimi no Koe
Music and Arrangement by Tenmon
Lyrics by Makoto Shinkai
Performed by Ai Kawashima
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The Title is the Best Part
16 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

While a popular anime, I find that the title (The Place Promised in Our Early Days) is more interesting than the slow, plodding script. Many will find this film unmoving and uneventful.

The animation is so-so. In only one scene (a mountain background with mist) was I impressed; otherwise it's very typical. I'm honestly surprised by the number of reviews stating this is "beautiful". It's really simply not that impressive animation-wise. I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

The characters are largely undeveloped. The plot line is simple and mono-directional, without much in the way of suspense, surprise or emotional impact. There are no highs or lows, no real climax to the film, and the ending is weak.

I am a fan of anime and very much enjoy artistic anime. I don't need giant robot battles in order to enjoy a film-- and enjoy many aspects of the drama genre where story is as important as the animation itself. But this work struck me as mediocre in all aspects. I do appreciate that some may enjoy the (very)subdued romantic aspect, but I found it as undeveloped and uneventful as the rest of the work.

As would be expected I give it 5 stars. Neither impressive nor bad... just a slow-moving story, weak plot line and so-so animation.


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