‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’ (2011) – Makato Shinkai’s Vision is Gorgeous as Miyazaki


The 2011-released Japanese animated film is directed by Makoto Shinkai who draws his inspiration from none other than the acclaimed film director, animator, and masterful storyteller Hayao Miyazaki. We have found multiple titles for this beautiful film, including the original ‘Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo’, Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, and ‘Journey to Agartha’.

Shinkai also loves to present lively animated characters just like Miyazaki. His 2007-released film ‘5 Centimeters per Second’ is a great example of artistic genius. As a fantasy adventure film with elements of action and romance, the film ‘Children who Chase Lost Voices’ follows a young girl Asuna who spends most of her out-of-school time at her clubhouse up in a mountain, listening to mysterious sounds emanating from an old crystal radio, a memento from her deceased father.

Once on her way to the clubhouse, she met a dragon-like creature that tried to attack her but a mysterious boy named Shun saved her. Shun eventually killed the fearsome creature and tells the girl that he is from another country called Agartha and he came to this place in search of something. He then gave her blessings by kissing her forehead. Asuna then left the place by telling Shun that she will come back tomorrow. Shun, now alone, looks up at the stars and falls from the ledge to his death.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) - Makato Shinkai’s Vision is Gorgeous as Miyazaki
“Children Who Chase Lost Voices” – Also known as “Journey to Agartha”

The flow of the story from hereupon is presented splendidly with much action on-screen and a smooth pace of storytelling. Watch the film to know how Asuna finds herself entangled in a centuries-old mystery and how she gets to the bottom of the whole mystery that may hold the key to life itself.

For all animation movie lovers, this is indeed one of the entertaining films coming out of the Japanese film industry, taking the tradition of Miyazaki’s essence and style of storytelling forward. Director Shinkai has certainly created a very good film for children that is full of joy and wonder.

TRAILER: ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices‘ (Journey to Agartha)

Official Synopsis:

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 named Agartha, where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives. Agartha is a land of breath-taking beauty and unimaginable danger—a place where, it is believed, even the dead can be brought back to life for a price... Join the Children Who Chase Lost Voices on a journey of a lifetime!

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Directed by: Makoto Shinkai
Characters: Asuna Watase, Ryūji Morisaki, Shun Canaan, Shin Canaan, Yuu Yazaki
Release Date: May 7, 2011

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