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The Sky Crawlers

The Sky Crawlers

Alternative Titles

English: The Sky Crawlers
Japanese: スカイ・クロラ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 2008
Producers: Production I.G
Genres: Drama, Military
Duration: 2 hr. 2 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.451 (scored by 14242 users)
Ranked: #17012
Popularity: #1263
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The Sky Crawlers is based on a Japanese novel series by Hiroshi Mori. First published by Chuōkōron-shinsha in June 2001 and spanning five books, it follows the journeys and tribulations of a group of young fighter pilots involved in dogfight warfare, and is set during an alternate historical period.

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Adaptation: The Sky Crawlers

Characters & Voice Actors

Kannami, Yuuichi
Kannami, Yuuichi
Sinterniklaas, Michael
Sinterniklaas, Michael
Chevalier, Davide
Chevalier, Davide
Kusanagi, Suito
Kusanagi, Suito
Sheh, Stephanie
Sheh, Stephanie
Kikuchi, Rinko
Kikuchi, Rinko
Ootsuka, Houchuu
Ootsuka, Houchuu


Ishii, Tomohiko
Oshii, Mamoru
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Theme Song Performance

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Aug 13, 2009
STORY - The Sky Crawlers is a thinking movie. It’s a cynical commentary where there is so much more going on underneath the surface than you might initially think. Walking into it with no real idea as to what it was about, I was both tried by its deceptive slow pacing and amazed by its eventual depth, relevance, and poignancy. The movie follows the life of Yuichi Kannami after he’s transferred to a small military outpost in a setting similar to WWII-era Europe. He and his comrades are fighting a war, but appear largely indifferent to both their occasional dogfights and everyday life. However, from read more
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Jul 15, 2009
If you love me, will you kill me? I’m tired of this endless cycle…

The Sky Crawlers is a movie about genetically altered humans beings called Kildren (kill+children) who can never grow and are bound to endless aerial battles in an alternate historic period. This is a standard synopsis, the real one is that this is a story about meaning of the existence, wars, love, suicide, destiny, and emptiness.

It’s not a movie for general public taste; actually, most of people will probably want to give up on the movie before the first hour, since even though it’s a movie with war as a central subject and read more
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May 29, 2009
Based on a series of books by Mori Hiroshi, The Sky Crawlers, the latest film by Oshii Mamoru (of Ghost in the Shell fame), tells a tale within a world that is essentially at peace, wherein wars have once again become the domain of contracted mercenary groups who fight each other in the name of their contractors, be it for some profound reason or simply for entertainment, these wars being fought to a large extent by 'Kildren', long-lived beings who are not quite human.
The film opens with the arrival of Kannami Yuuichi, a 'Kildren' ('Kild'?), at a small forward base of his company in Europe, read more
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Apr 24, 2013
Mamoru Oshii doesn’t make forgettable anime. Be it Ghost in the Shell or Patlabor 2, the man injects so much personality into his films that it’s impossible not to recognise his touch. There is, of course, his famous basset hound, but there’s also a poetic side that transports this viewer into the ether. I can’t tell if it’s just that his films are ageing like fine wine, or if I’m now of an age where I’m better able to appreciate what he’s trying to say, but whatever the case, he’s now one of my favourite film directors.

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Both contain beautiful visuals. Both with a skilled male pilot who encounters battles in the sky.
The Sky Crawlers and Jin-Roh have very deep an intricate plots, drama, love, and of course talking. There are both great action scenes in both movies. Both movies are made by Production I.G., also, so they share a similar art style. (one little easter egg: there is actually a character in The Sky Crawlers named Jinroh)
Aerial dogfights, lots of CGI. An unexplored setting with wars against unfamiliar foes. The story and characters are quite different though.
They both have the same director and are profoundly philosophical with existentialistic themes which is mirrored in the characters and the story in it's entirety.
Both are similarly themed - adults using genetically altered children as soldiers.
These anime treat some of the same subjects. I feel that NHK ni Youkoso does a much better job though, as it does so in a far more entertaining manner.

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"Konya mo Hoshi ni Dakarete..." by Ayaka

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