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Children Who Chase Lost Voices [Blu-ray]

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When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives. Agartha is a land of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable danger-a place where, it is believed, even the dead can be brought back to life. But at what cost? Children Who Chase Lost Voices is a spellbinding new work from Japanese visionary Makoto Shinkai, who amazed audiences the world over with Voices of A Distant Star and 5 Centimeters per Second. Now, with Children, Shinkai affirms his place as one of animation's most original voices.

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Writer-director Makoto Shinkai's handsome adventure-fantasy Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) has won several awards on the international festival circuit. Asuna is a model middle school girl: she's not only the top student in her class, she cheerfully does all of the household chores while her widowed mother is at work. She deals with her loneliness by experimenting with a crystal radio set she's stashed in a nearby mountain hideaway. After she hears a mysterious song, Asuna is thrust into a supernatural adventure that involves weird, hybrid monsters; the dashing, heroic Shun; her substitute teacher Mr. Morisaki; and the legendary underground realm of Agartha. Devastated by his wife's death 10 years earlier, Morisaki is on a quest to restore her to life using the powers of Agartha. Children Who Chase Lost Voices boasts beautifully painted backgrounds, but the film borrows heavily and obviously from the work of Hayao Miyazaki. Asuna recalls Chihiro in Spirited Away and other young Miyazaki heroines; Shun looks like the Wizard from Howl's Moving Castle, while his younger brother Shin bears more than a passing resemblance to Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke. The storyline, which uses elements from both the Western legend of Orpheus and Eurydice and the Japanese Kojiki chronicles, rambles along for almost two hours before reaching a hasty and unsatisfying conclusion. Otaku know Shinkai from 5 Centimeters per Second (2007) and The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), which also rambled and borrowed from Miyazaki. He's clearly a talented director with a powerful visual sense, but his films would be stronger if he collaborated with an equally gifted writer. (Rated TV PG: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hisako Kanemoto, Kazuhiko Inoue, Miyu Irino, Corey Hartzog, David Matranga
  • Directors: Makoto Shinkai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section23 Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XEZXXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Children Who Chase Lost Voices [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
This is truly one of the best animes I have ever watched,the intensity and emotion behind each of the characters and their actions is overwhelming at times and these emotions certainly won't fail to move any person who has had any relation to love, loss of someone important or simply just a person who has the felt the warmth of motherly love. Story is great and I like the fact that it doesn't beat around the bush but it constantly keeps focusing on the most important aspects of the movie. The development of the main character, Asuna, and her relationship to the other characters as we move forward in the movie.

The art was what was truly amazing about the anime and definitely its selling point. Nearly every scene involving the environment or the atmosphere around our characters was simply breathtaking and almost without comparison. In addition to these scenes being absolutely amazing there weren't just a few of them but this movie was filled with beautiful landscapes and sky sceneries. Especially the night skies are particularly beautiful. The sound was almost as amazing,fitted perfectly with the sceneries and the movements and expressions of the characters.

I was really entertained throughout the whole movie and it kept moving me.Great story, beautiful animation, perfectly fitting soundtracks and very enjoyable characters. Apart from a this, the movie had a lot of touching morals and enlightening views on life and death. Two very heavy subject which were handled with grace.
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First, I want to comment on the dvd itself. This dvd was from Malaysia. Before I ordered, I was concerned about that quality and that it might be a bootleg. I'm still not 100% sure, but it played without problems on my region 1 player. The video, audio and english subtitles were all perfect. So all-in-all I'm satisfied with the product.

Now onto the movie itself. I purchased this simply due to the fact it is a Makoto Shinkai film. I'm a big fan of his work. I wasn't disappointed. The animation is beautiful and vibrant as expected. This story is more of a "fantasy" film than some of his others. Without going into detail, it's basically about a girl who embarks on a mysterious journey with many weird, scary, dangerous, touching, happy sad events happening along the way. It's an interesting journey. Something along the lines of a Miyazaki film ala Spirited Away. Will the girl survive the perilous journey and make it home safely? Better find out for yourself.
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Makoto Shinkai, the former Falcom graphic designer, who took the anime industry by storm back in 2001 when he released his anime OVA titled "Voices of a Distant Star", which he created on his Power Mac G4 and using several software and voice acted by he and his wife Miko and music provided by his friend Tenmon.

The OVA inspired many for the fact it was independent, created on a small budget but looked significantly better than some major anime series by well-known animation studios.

Suffice to say, the person who grew up inspired by Miyazaki films was now given a chance to create more animated films and he would eventually achieve success with "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" (2004) and "5 Centimeters Per Second" (2007).

In 2011, Shinkai returned with the animated film "Children Who Chase Lost Voices ("Hoshi o Ou Kodomo") which he directed, wrote and produced.

And now the film was released in the U.S. on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Sentai Filmworks.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"Children Who Chase Lost Voices" is presented in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen and English and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 with English subtitles

It's important to note that if you want the best picture quality for this animated film and also the best audio, there is a Blu-ray release for this animated film that will be released on the same day of the DVD.

As far as the DVD is concern, the film has the trademark of a Makoto Shinkai film. Beautiful, well-detailed clouds. Characters that almost have a Studio Ghibli look and scenery that is lush and well-detailed with animation design that is shaded, colorful but art backgrounds that are just stunning to look at.
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"Children Who Chase Lost Voices" is a 2011 Japanese animated film directed by Makoto Shinkai, (5 Centimeters per Second). Briefly, it's a fantasy story about a parallel afterlife world within this earth and follows an exploration of that setting. Tack on a dab of young romance with some small bursts of manicured violence and there's your anime. It just didn't leave me fully satisfied.

Firstly, my wife and I watched it this evening and she remarked immediately how similar the film looked to Hiyao Miyazaki's works. Not that this is a reason to bash Shinkai's efforts - I can think of much worse directors to be compared to - but I saw the similarities as well and found it a bit of a distraction. (Especially after I'd previously defended Shinkai against the critics who panned him for mimicking Miyazaki in the past.) We'd both seen, "5 Centimeters per Second" last year and were exhilarated with its nearly perfect production. The animation was absolutely incredible and we'd hoped it the future of anime, so our scanning of upcoming titles from Makoto Shinkai was fervent. Thus, while this current work is clearly well done, it still, in my amateur opinion, was a bit of a letdown. We were looking forward to something new and, aside from some interesting, "creature" developments, that didn't happen.

Moving along, however, I think it's important to air some accolades, here. The characters are successfully written and easily adhered to. The main protagonist, Asuna, is a girl in what I'd guess to be her low teens living a quiet life in a small mountain town. Her father is deceased and her mother is a hard-working woman toiling for two. I thought Asuna in particular was beautifully drafted, a skill I also found notable in, "5 Centimeters...
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