The Place Promised in Our Early Days
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As much as I enjoyed Voices of A Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe), I found it too short. His animation style, the colors, the computer effects were all amazing...and even more so that he did the whole thing by himself.
Then he comes up with this masterpiece. Voices had an okay plot, but wasn't too terribly developed or interesting. This one is spectacular. It everything that Voices should have been...full length, proffessional looking, same beautiful use of computers to enhance colors, Shinkai's little trick of using real places in Japan to draw out buildings...it just blew me away.
Any anime fan looking for something fresh and beautiful should check this out, it is well worth the small amount of cash it will cost you. And if you are fortunate enough to live in one of the cities where its being shown in the theaters, I highly encourage you to see it there on the big screen.
The story is about three children and their quest to greater know the world they live in. This alternate universe takes place after WWII, except here the island of Honshu (the main island of Japan) and all southern islands came under US occupation, and the northern most island Hokaido came under control of the mysterious "Union", who in 1974 erected an enourmous tower for an unknown purpose.Read more ›
Every single frame of this piece looks as though it could be framed on the wall as art. It looks amazing. The attention to detail is astonishing.
But Promise is not just eye-candy. There is a story, told in subdued tones, and supported by a rich, lovely score.
A complex blend of romance, drama, and science-fiction, the narration on both the Japanese and English tracks is perfect.
This is a film that will change anime the same way that Akira did, but for vastly different reasons.
As the story unfolds we learn that the tower links dimensions and is somehow threatening to destroy the world as we know it. Erupting warfare also occurs but all this is handled like a background story - for the main characters are still intent upon reaching their "promised land" (the land essentially surrounding the tower, encompassing the tower as well).
The bulk of the story takes place after the children have grown up and mysteriously the female character that one of the main male characters was attracted to in his youth suddenly falls into a coma. Without giving any more away, this story is about reaching her in much the same way Voices of a Distant Star was about the communication between two young loves across a war and worlds.
Thematic elements are similar between Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Both movies feature innocent love, the battle of love lost, and a supportive art style which contributes to Shinkai's film's emotionally engaging story.
Shinkai does it again this time out-doing himself with amazing animation, soundtrack, and excellent captivating and emotional storyline. Between Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Makoto Shinkai proves himself as one of the greatest Japanese animators. Extras show his transition from working solo to working with a whole team...Read more ›
The problem with philosophical movies is that one person's "Oh my, wasn't that deep and mysterious" moment is another person's "Good grief, this is boring, tedious, and inane", and sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason to it besides differences in character, history, and experiences between the two people. And then the person who didn't like the film goes on Amazon and explains why they didn't like it in order to aid people in their purchasing decisions, and inevitably comes off looking like a jerk for 'hating' on someone's favorite movie.
And yet, here we are. I wanted to like "Place Promised", I really did. Firstly, and while this shouldn't *matter*, it's still very impressive, the movie is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, this is some of the prettiest anime I've ever seen - there's a scene where a ladybug alights on a girl's hand, and it's so lovely I just want to cry. And, really, I *love* the plot premise - the horror of being totally alone in an alternate reality that you can't wake from is exactly the kind of plot premise that messes deeply with your mind for weeks on end. As well as the dual persona of the two boys - do they save their friend and risk the world, or do they sacrifice an innocent for mankind?
So why two stars? Honestly, despite all this I just didn't enjoy the movie. The characters are so bland and badly characterized that I couldn't get into it and just ended up being frustrated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nope it's not good. Looks like it is gonna be good from the cover, but turns out it isn't. .Published 24 months ago by Peter Straus
I was introduced to Shinkai by the wonderful film "5 Centimeters Per Second", and maybe the problem in part is that it set the bar pretty high. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by J. L. Boileau
This is an interesting story with beautiful settings...this also is one animation that I really liked the english overdub actors work...
I thought it was a perfect match. Read more
Makoto Shinkai makes beautiful films. Sun drenched skies, gorgeous clouds and wind-swept fields are all part of his signature style and every film he makes is truly amazing. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by B. Ackley
This is a really good anime. Three childhood friends promise to fly a homade airplane across the sea to explore a giant tower. But one of them falls into a coma and disappears. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by KevinB
Being a HUGE Studio Ghibli fan I found this film recommended and decided to give it a try. It's a beautiful animation! The details are gorgeous. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by LittleGreenMouse
`The Place Promised In Our Early Days' is another masterful animation from Makoto Shinkai. This follows three young adults as they live in the time just before a war and how one of... Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Spider Monkey
I REALLY wanted to like this film! I guess I went into it a little over hyped. I had seen Makoto Shinkai's 3rd film 5cm/sec and till this day hold it as one of my all time favorite... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Dale Devore
It's a great movie with some drawbacks but it's definitely worth a watch. The visuals are absolutely stunning, and every frame of the animation deserves a second look just to... Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by SP
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