Ranked #887


Alternative Titles

English: Hal
Synonyms: Haru
Japanese: ハル


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 8, 2013
Source: Manga
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Duration: 1 hr.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #8872
Popularity: #1161
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Kurumi's heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back.

By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal's place—and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing—and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

(Source: FUNimation)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Hosoya, Yoshimasa
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Hikasa, Yoko
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Miyano, Mamoru
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Makihara, Ryoutarou
Makihara, Ryoutarou
Hata, Shouji
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Sound Director
Hikasa, Yoko
Hikasa, Yoko
Theme Song Performance
Sakisaka, Io
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Original Character Design

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Ending Theme

"Owaranai Uta (終わらない詩)" by Yoko Hikasa

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Dec 25, 2013
In the backdrop of a very slightly future world of helper robots and robot therapy a violent, fiery plane crash effectively ends the budding romantic lives of Hal and Kurumi. Left alone and without their significant other, Hal wakes up dazed and confused, programmed with a new mindset of a robot sent to comfort "his" former lover. Through their initially reluctant meetings and attempts to make Kurumi happy again, Hal finds something much more beautiful, and much more sad than what his initial purpose had programmed him for.

Using various things left behind in that small button shop Kurumi lives in as clues, Hal does read more
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Dec 22, 2013
What constitutes true love? The answer is simple. Working towards understanding one another and growing closer to each other through the process. Hal is not your typical romance show, but instead, strays from the norm by bringing touching on the post-romance theme, which seems to be taboo in anime nowadays.

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW: I have refrained from spoilers as much as possible. Read at your own risk.]

Story & Setting
The setting of the story is slightly into the future, where robots and other more advanced electronics are common place. In a mere hour, HAL demonstrates the cycle of what was a regular relationship turned bad through the read more
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Jun 24, 2015
This will be a short review because it is impossible for me to write a long one without including any spoilers.

After watching this movie once through, you will be compelled to watch the movie a second time through a different lens.

The story is really unique and although I can usually predict what happens in most stories, I didn't see that curveball coming.

Enjoyment: A very well-crafted (and imo, coherent) story, an ending that may not sit well with some, interesting characters, pulls at your heartstrings.

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Apr 4, 2015
Hal is a love story between a robot and a human. Kurumi had lost her lover, Hal, in a plane explosion. Since then, she had shut herself in due to depression. A doctor (and friend of Kurumi's), along with Hal's grandfather, get a robot to help Kurumi. The robot takes Hal's place, in appearance and name, and goes to reach out to Kurumi and hope to reforge a relationship between Hal and Kurumi.

The art, done at Wit Studio (known now for Attack on Titan) is phenomenal in this movie (as you can see in the image). The scenery, the character design, and pretty much everything read more
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Romance and robots, Hal is a much more dramatic take on the issue and less focused on the robots themselves, but it might please Chobits' fans, and vice versa. 
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Anime: Eve no Jikan
Eve no Jikan is similar to Hal in a way that society lives with robots, Hal is more focused on romance, and drama in a single movie, Eve no Jikan has a similar setting but slightly different tone. 
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Anime: Hotarubi no Mori e
Hal is like a longer but more boring version of Hotarubi no Mori e. They are both short, visually stunning movies with interesting characters and attractive story, setting, and plot. Both are fantasy/Sci-Fi, but focuses more on the slice of life.

Both movies center on a male lead with traumatizing childhood and past experiences but meets a kind, loving, and naive female partner which brings significant changes to their miserable lives and how they value it.

However Hal introduces certain unique plot-lines and twists unusual in a romance anime to compensate for its lack of emotional resonance and congenial/sympathetic characters which Hotarubi no  read more 
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Anime: Hybrid Child
Very similar feeling and mood overall. About "robots" or non-humans that show emotion. Both are about tragic romances and use their emotional music very effectively. Both have a subtle, elegant slice of life feeling to them. 
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Both are about people dealing with the loss of their lover and trying to move on.
Both are very sweet with some touching moments and well animated.
In both main female character runs a cute little shop.  
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Anime: Plastic Memories
Plastic Memories is similar to Hal in it's human/android relationship. Androids usually are in place of a loved one. Both shows are focused on romance and deal with death/the loss of a person. Plastic Memories is more of a romance story versus Hal is a drama/romance. 
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Poll: Hal Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
Stark700 - Dec 21, 2013
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Nov 21, 10:13 AM
I think I didn't understand the final, explain me please
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