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Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho

Alternative Titles

English: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Synonyms: Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place
Japanese: 雲のむこう、約束の場所


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.951 (scored by 45,317 users)
Ranked: #5922
Popularity: #490
Members: 87,316
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In an alternate timeline, Japan was divided after losing World War II: Hokkaido was annexed by "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands were under US sovereignty. A gigantic yet mysterious tower was constructed at Hokkaido and could be seen clearly from Aomori (the northernmost prefecture of Honshu) across Tsugaru Strait. In the summer of 1996, three 9th-graders had made a promise that one day they'll build an aircraft and unravel the tower's mystery, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, began experiencing sleeping sickness and transferred to Tokyo for better treatment. Three years later, Hiroki Fujisawa accidentally found out that Sayuri had been in a coma since then, and he asked Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to revive her. What they don't know yet is that Sayuri's unconsciousness is somehow linked with secrets of the tower and the world.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Sawatari, Sayuri
Sawatari, Sayuri
Nanri, Yuuka
Nanri, Yuuka
Fujisawa, Hiroki
Fujisawa, Hiroki
Yoshioka, Hidetaka
Yoshioka, Hidetaka
Shirakawa, Takuya
Shirakawa, Takuya
Hagiwara, Masato
Hagiwara, Masato
Ishizuka, Unshou
Ishizuka, Unshou


Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Producer, Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Editing, Original Creator, Executive Producer, Color Design
Foster, Steven
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Kawashima, Ai
Kawashima, Ai
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"Kimi no Koe" by Kawashima, Ai

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Jun 25, 2008
The Place Promised starts out with a very tranquil slice of life setting, but don't get fooled by first appearances. It soon takes on a more dramatic tone, with a sense of sci.fi. over it too, depending on which of the two male leads' story it's currently following. With the dreams of the female lead poppign in here and there, you have three fantastic story which grabs you on a deep, emotional level, and it all ends with blending the three together in one splendid end scene, which I'll remember a long time.

The characters in The Place Promised are fantastic, deep and lifelike. Note the read more
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Mar 17, 2007
Makoto Shinkai's first feature-lengthed work - The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

Story: Just like Voices in a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, this is a story about 2 people and their distances. Unlike Voices where their distance is that of time and space, Place Promised is about their distance across dimensions/dreams/reality. What I like about this concept is how well Shinkai presented it. Sayuri (our heroine) is physically in the world, but spiritually trapped in another. It is very touching to see Hiroki (our hero) search for Sayuri knowing that she is very close yet at the same time very far away read more
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Apr 4, 2008
I watched Makoto Shinkai’s first major work, Hoshi no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star) a year before watching this. Hoshi no Koe was nothing short of breathtaking. The animation, pacing, and plot were all top notch and even more surprising, it was essentially done by one person. After way too many delays, The Place of Promise in Our Early Days was finally released.

My initial impression was, ohh pretty. The animation was fantastic; everything was clean, crisp, and vivid. Although, sometimes a bit too clean, crisp, and vivid. This is especially true for the interior read more
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Nov 4, 2007
It should be noted that first of all, I’m writing reviews for both The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters per Second at the same time (and as such, I’ll be including the same opening paragraph). Both of these series, feature films, animes, whatever you want to call them hold a special place in my heart/head, again your call. Not because they’re overly interesting or because they’re extremely entertaining but because they make me sad. Strange, right? Well, I’m willing to bet that any anime lover will instantly favorite (no, not add to their favorite list or anything grand) any anime (or read more
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Anime: Byousoku 5 Centimeter
They're from the same director, so you can expect the style to be quite similar. 5cm doesn't have the whole sci-fi element involved though... at least not as it stands after the first episode. 
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Anime: Hoshi no Koe
They're from the same director, so you can expect the style to be quite similar. Voices of a Distant star is a bit short in comparison, but quite similar otherwise. Both focus heavily on the relationships between main characters, and both have the whole near-future sci-fi thing going on. 
reportRecommended by Krelian
Anime: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
The same atmosphere of romanticism and beauty 
reportRecommended by meiya
Anime: Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
The hugely talented Makoto Shinkai directed both of these movies and the art, animation and sound are very similar. They both have quite a large element of fantasy, though The Place Promised in our Early Days leans more towards sci-fi than outright fantasy, unlike Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo. Both are absolutely brilliant. 
reportRecommended by ragre
Anime: ef: A Tale of Memories.
Both have extraordinary animation, especially the scenery. The viewing experience is stunning, instead of watching characters the main focus is the breathtaking scenery.
Both also have similar deep dark atmospheres of pain and heartbreak, the main characters desperately trying to find love. 
reportRecommended by sugarplumfairy
Anime: Robotics;Notes
The landscapes, the pacing, the atmosphere...
High school students building a large pilotable machine on their own...
Overarching sci-fi and supernatural themes...
Plot focused on strange phenomena with conspiracy in the background...
...With personal relationships in the foreground.

Robotics;Notes just feels a lot like a Makoto Shinkai film in TV series form.

There's also the similarities with Cosmonaut (5 Centimeters per Second): Tanegashima, rockets, scooters.  
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