Ranked #711

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

Alternative Titles

English: Children who Chase Lost Voices
Synonyms: Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, Journey to Agartha
Japanese: 星を追う子ども


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 7, 2011
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 56 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #7112
Popularity: #792
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Strange sounds in the darkness... Unearthly music from an old crystal radio... These are all the warning Asuna Watase has before a simple walk to her clubhouse catapults her into a nightmarish adventure that will take her beneath the Earth to a lost land beyond the realm of legend! Attacked by a strange monstrous creature, rescued by a mysterious stranger and pursued by a relentless enemy, Asuna finds herself enmeshed in a centuries old mystery that will bind her to a strange young defender and lead her inevitably, towards a secret that may hold the key to life itself!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Watase, Asuna
Watase, Asuna
Kanemoto, Hisako
Kanemoto, Hisako
Canaan Praeses, Shin
Canaan Praeses, Shin
Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Morisaki, Ryuuji
Morisaki, Ryuuji
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Takeuchi, Junko
Takeuchi, Junko


Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Director of Photography, Color Design, Creator
Kumaki, Anri
Kumaki, Anri
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance
Dupac, Benoit
Dupac, Benoit
ADR Director

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Ending Theme

"Hello Goodbye & Hello" by Anri Kumaki (熊木杏里)

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Dec 11, 2011
Stories about the dead coming back to life are a dime a dozen these days, mainly because of the current fascination with zombies and vampires, but rarely do we see a tale that's more akin to the legends of old, where mighty heroes brave the perils of the underworld to be reunited with their lost love.

Sorry, that should be a 12 year old girl. Let's try this again ...

Stories about children having adventures in other worlds are a dime a dozen these days, but rarely do we see a tale that's more akin to the stories of old, where brave youths traversed other realms on read more
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Nov 19, 2011
The story is about Asuna, basically the female lead from every single Ghibli movie ever, a bit of a loner girl who spends her time sitting on rocky outcrops listening to her makeshift crystal radio. One day she is attacked by a monster, who got lost on his way to a Princess Mononoke audition, but is saved by Shun, who is basically the pretty boy male lead from half of every single Ghibli movie ever (don't worry, the other half of the pretty boy male lead is role is taken up by Shun's younger brother). But then Stuff Happens that I don't want to spoil, read more
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Aug 12, 2015
Is the story unique? Would I recommend it ?
Definitively yes and yes.

In a nutshell, the story of Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, or "Children Who Chase Lost Voices", is about a young girl, called Asuna who is having a quiet common life on the countryside. Her daily activity after school, is to go on a rock to listen to some self-constructed radio and watch the stars, but one day this radio is going to give her a music that she never expected. From here on starts the real story, where she will discover a new world and new people.

Moreover, I was strongly surprised read more
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Apr 30, 2015
"Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below" is filmmaker Makoto Shinkai's tribute to the great Hayao Miyazaki. Anyone who knows Studio Ghibli films will recognize the many similar images Shinkai uses throughout the film to put the viewer in mind of those wonderful movies.

One example is the way the main character, Asuna, lowers her foot hesitantly onto the first step on a huge rock cliff; the movement of her foot is almost precisely the same as Chihiro's in Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" when she is descending the huge staircase to the boiler room. Another is when Asuna awakes and looks up at the sky above read more
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Anime: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
Makoto Shinkai has obviously been inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle In the Sky. Which Shinkai also has stated he is a huuge fan of!
Both involve the protagonists searching for some other magical place in the world, both have these magical stone necklaces, and not to mention both have protagonists who meet a mysterious person that sets them off on their adventure.  
reportRecommended by 50-Yen
Anime: Brave Story
In both movies the protagonists undertake a journey to a faraway land similar to the underworld, in order to bring back a dead person whom they love very much.  
reportRecommended by insoo
Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Chihiro and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo are surprising similar if one compare their characteristics side by side.

Both are from the "family entertainment" kind of movie. Just like classical Ghibli productions, this time Shinkai deviates from his trademark drama and creates a lighthearted comfy tale about an adventurous girl. This change is not only noticeable on the setting and storyline but also on character design, which are way simpler and "Ghibli-like".

Asuna and Chihiro are both courageous girls who find themselves in a different world. Although the reasons which led them there differ, they both step forward and get to know more  read more 
reportRecommended by xbobx
Anime: Mononoke Hime
The under world for "Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo" is very similar to the world of "Princess Mononoke". The detailed payed to the art work is spectacular and the story line is a darker children's tale. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Hotarubi no Mori e
The two movies have different settings (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo shows another realm, while Hotarubi no Mori e is set in our world with a hint of fantasy) but still sound the same due to the fact that they both mix slice of life and fantasy. Besides, while being light and somewhat romantic both have a sad note, as both deal with another world that is harmed by humans (lost land and the world of spirits accordingly). Besides, both philosophize about distant love and death and are touching and somewhat sad.
What's more, both movies have grasping art and show striking landscapes and sceneries.
Hotarubi  read more 
reportRecommended by Arrvilja
Anime: Giniro no Kami no Agito
Both movies try to reproduce the Ghibli feeling. Character design-wise, fantasy setting and more.
If you enjoy one, you'll certainly enjoy the other. 
reportRecommended by RobdeFR

Recent News

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

According to their official press release, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo (Children who Chase Lost Voices). Children who Chase Lost Voices will ha...read more

Release of Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo Blu-ray with English and Chinese Subs

According to AV Watch, the Blu-ray and DVD of Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo will be released on November 25th. They will carry subtitles in English and Chinese. Source: AV W...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
Wasabi - Oct 16, 2011
112 replies by Inferno_Cop »»
Nov 10, 1:20 AM
Who's watched the latest film presented by the famous Shinkai Makoto? Because i HAVE and it is brilliant. :)
dadayslippy - May 17, 2011
12 replies by kyleloveanimeoky »»
Oct 22, 12:20 AM