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Hotori: Tada Saiwai wo Koinegau

Hotori: Tada Saiwai wo Koinegau

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Japanese: ほとり~たださいわいを希う


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 28, 2005
Producers: Sunrise
Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 40 min. per episode
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company


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At the Personality Plant, robots are being built and slowly outfitted with the artificial memories of real people. Suzu is one such robot, being made to replace the young boy a family has lost. By chance, he meets Hotori, a young girl suffering from progressive memory loss. The two children become friends and attempt to define themselves in the light of their changing memories.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Ogura, Ryou
Ogura, Ryou
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Shimizu, Hotori
Shimizu, Hotori
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Professor Shimizu
Professor Shimizu
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko


Takahashi, Ryosuke
Annou, Takashi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Konparu, Tomoko
Otsuka, Ayako

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Nov 23, 2009
Over the decades anime has produced some of the most compelling works of visual fiction on the planet. Since the turn of the millenium though, it seems as though the medium has gradually matured in terms of content and focus. One of the reasons for this "coming of age" is critical and media attention, especially over the internet, however there is an even bigger impetus in this maturation process - recognition as a creator - and it's this driving force that fuels the award known as the Animax Taisho.

Hotori: Tada Saiwai wo Koinegau (or, Hotori: I Only Want Happiness), is the script that won the read more
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Feb 12, 2013
“What exactly makes us people?” is a question that fiction, especially in the last ten years or so, seems to enjoy tackling, and with varying degrees of success. We seem to have an obsession with trying to define the undefined, and figure out exactly what element (if any) dwells within us, differentiates us from each other, and makes us more than just flesh and blood. Hotori: Tada Saiwai wo Koinegau (Eng. “Hotori: The Simple Wish for Joy”) is another one to add to the long list of anime about maintaining an identity in a technologically advanced world, but solid character concepts and good writing in read more
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May 4, 2011
Hotori is a movie that picks you up. slaps you in the face, tells you not to cry and then just leaves you there to snivel like a baby, all in the span of about half an hour.

I have to say that I feel bad fo the producers, unless they were going for a minimalistic film this just feels to me like a nice big plot confined to a low budget and bad art. I feel like they wanted to do something but they didn't have the time or money, and thus for me the feeling of a true story I could care about was read more
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Dec 24, 2012
This was a surprisingly powerful TV special despite its rather short length. Hotori explores the interactions between a human girl with a terminal illness (Hotori) and an android in the form of a boy (Suzu) who interact with one another as they share the problems they both share with memories, the former whose illness is destroying her memory and the latter whose memories are being formatted to resemble the dead child of a couple looking to adopt him. The special retains a melancholic mood throughout its run in depicting the interactions between the two as they contemplate their individual situations and try coming to some read more
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Both are about the relationships between robots and humans. very touching:)
Both movies alternate between being heartwarming and heartwrenching, putting difficult moral decisions in the hands of children. In both settings, robots are commonplace, and both movies deal with the ethics of creating and interacting with sentient robots - in Hotori, the main character is a robot created to resemble a couple's deceased child, while in Metropolis, several of the many robots that make up the city's slave underclass are clearly as intelligent as the humans around them, and robots that look like humans are illegal. Both also have slice-of-life aspects as their young characters explore the worlds around them.

Though both movies feature very young major characters, they are not specifically aimed at that age range and might be too violent for some children.
When robots are being made to replace and fulfill role of deceased people. Provided with the artificial memories of real people (and also provided with something called "emotion"), they slowly build relationship with people.
Both are heartwarming dramas.
Both describes relationship between people and androids and the progress of artificial intelligence of male lead during love/friendship
Sci-fi stories about robots and AI. Both have a considerable amount of drama, as well.
Both based on screenplays that won the Animax Taisho award.

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"Yakusoku" by Muratani Sachiko

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