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Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)

Hoshi o ou kodomo (original title)
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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.

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Makoto Shinkai

Writer:

Makoto Shinkai (story and screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hilary Haag ... Asuna Watase (voice)
Corey Hartzog Corey Hartzog ... Shun (voice)
Leraldo Anzaldua ... Shin (voice)
David Matranga ... Ryuji Morisaki (voice)
Shelley Calene-Black ... Asuna's Mother (voice)
Shannon Emerick ... Lisa Morisaki (voice) (as Shannon Emmerick)
Sam Roman Sam Roman ... Old Man of Amaurot (voice)
Emily Neves ... Mana (voice)
Brittney Karbowski ... Seri (voice)
George Manley ... Commander of Arned Priest (voice)
Kalob Martinez Kalob Martinez ... (voice)
Andrew Love Andrew Love ... (voice)
Justin Doran Justin Doran ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuhiro Fujiwara Kazuhiro Fujiwara ... Villager (voice)
Kenji Hamada Kenji Hamada ... Commander of Arned Priest (voice)
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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.

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A girl who does not yet realise her loss, and a boy from a foreign land searching for his place. A man who refuses to accept his loss. Each with their own feelings in their hearts, they set out on a journey into the depths of the world. See more »


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 May 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Children Who Chase Lost Voices See more »

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Media Factory, CoMix Wave See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Shun: Now at this point the fear is almost unbearable, but at the same time there's an equally powerful happiness.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' II. Largo
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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heir apparent
30 September 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Asuna Watase lives in a small village with her widower mother and tiny kitten Mimi. There is a warning about a bear in the area. While walking on a railroad bridge, she encounters a giant monster and is rescued by Shun. He's from a foreign land. Substitute teacher Ryuji Morisaki tells her about Agartha, an underground world of the dead. She goes looking for Shun, only to be met by another boy, and attacked by armed men called Archangels. They enter Agartha and one of the Archangels reveals himself to be Morisaki who is on a personal mission.

Filmmaker Makoto Shinkai definitely has some Hayao Miyazaki in him. Some of the creature designs are reminiscent of the master's work. This has many of those touches including a magical other world and a little girl protagonist. Morisaki does bug me starting with his exposition overload. Instead of letting the girl discover this world slowly, it comes at the audience like an avalanche. I also don't like him joining the quest. Asuna already has the same ultimate mission with her dead father. He's not necessary and also is a wet blanket to the wonderment of it all. Then the dark creatures come out of the ground. They are a great turn which adds a terrific spice to the story. This is a great world with a compelling lead. I could do without Morisaki and the Archangels but they're not that bad.


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