Children Who Chase Lost Voices [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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As good as one of the great Ghibli movies, I truly enjoyed this film, and so did my spouse. We laughed, cried, got angry, felt nervous, this movie is a rollercoaster of emotion. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Honestly this was a let down. I absolutely love all his other movies but this failed in my opinion. It had potential to be something special but the actual plot just didn't measure... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler
great other worldy adventure, but it is super long. the artwork and animation is really well done.Published 2 months ago by courtben576
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