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

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Makoto Shinkai (story and screenplay)
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Hisako Kanemoto Hisako Kanemoto ... Asuna Watase (voice)
Miyu Irino ... Shin / Shun (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Ryûji Morisaki (voice)
Junko Takeuchi ... Mimi (voice)
Fumiko Orikasa ... Asuna no haha (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Risa Morisaki (voice)
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ... Amorôto no rôjin (voice)
Aki Kaneda Aki Kaneda ... Seito (voice)
Ai Horanai Ai Horanai ... Seito (voice)
Saya Horigome Saya Horigome ... Seito (voice)
Mayumi Tsuchiya Mayumi Tsuchiya ... Seito (voice)
Mao Kobayashi Mao Kobayashi ... Seito (voice) (as Satomi Saitô)
Naomi Matamura Naomi Matamura ... Murabito (voice)
Mariko Nagahama Mariko Nagahama ... Murabito (voice)
Mika Ishibashi Mika Ishibashi ... Murabito (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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radio | teacher | cat | crystal | library | See All (147) »

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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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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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Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' II. Largo
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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Flawed but with immense beauty
9 September 2011 | by kennethd-3See all my reviews

Since Hoshi no koe I've been a big fan of Makoto Shinkai and I always find his movies so beautiful that make him the only anime producer who is comparable with Miyazaki Hayao. For his latest work "Children who chase voice from deep below", the story settings and the characters are quite different from his previous works. The idea is likely inspired by the many old myths like the story of Orpheus, who traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Gods. Yet "Children who chase voice from deep below" keeps on the track with Shinkai's previous works in discussing loneliness of human beings, but unlike "5 centimetres per second", with hope and love this time.

The music, once again, is perfect and the scenes are delicate and tender. When watching this you find yourself immersed in a dream-like situation where the sky and the trees and the world are of the beauty that far beyond your imagination. Shinkai created perfect environments, the moving wind and the colourful insects, every single detail in every single scene is fantastic. The plot line is a romantic imagination. It portrays a journey of finding hope and love after the every loss throughout our life. It's a reflection of life with fantasy elements. To recover from immense sorrow and stand up again and look forward to the future. I love the message the movie brought to me. However, the story does have flaws. The pace of some parts is too slow while of some parts is too fast. It can be explained by looking at the length of the movie, which is of the longest in Shinkai's works. And obviously, he still has to look for better ways to deal with a "long" movie. Besides it is a pity that Shinkai abandons his talent on talking about modern city life but tries to give a tribute to Miyazaki Hayao by duplicating many elements in Ghibli's anime movies. I have this impression because while watching I thought of Miyazaki Hayao's works like "Princess Mononoke" and "Laputa" in several occasions, yet not as good as those works. A good try with rooms for improvement. After all,however, I still love this film. It reminds me of the beauty in our life. I am particularly touched while on the edge of death the girl Asuna recounts every person in her life she is loved by and says, "After all it was only because of my loneliness." It moves me so much that how our every day will be if we treasure the people still beside us instead of looking for someone or something that is so abstract and beyond our reach. If you love Shinkai, go watch it. It is, definitely, a touching piece for all of us.


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Release Date:

7 May 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Children Who Chase Lost Voices See more »

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$600,486
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