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Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

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
Duration: 1 hr. 56 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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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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Adaptation: Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo, Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo: Agartha no Shounen

Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

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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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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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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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Aug 20, 2013
Story: (8 / 10)
The movie follows Asuna Watase on her journey through a new world, and we get to see all the hardship she faces, as well as those precious happy moments. “Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo” tells a story about love, loneliness, and learning to let go of the past, among other things.

This story is supported by numerous mythical tales, which gives it a nice touch. It does take quite a while before things really kick off, and not as much time is spent in Agartha as could’ve been, but it’s a minor problem.
However, even with this the story moves at a rather fast read more
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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
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
Yes, I'd recommend Chihiro if you enjoyed this.
Both are the "family entertainment" kind of movie. Just like every Ghibli movie the protagonist is a little girl that somehow meets spirits and supernatural beings.
Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo's storyline, compared with other Shinkai works, is way easier to follow.  
reportRecommended by xbobx
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
Traveling to other worlds to change your life. In Howl's Moving Castle they're looking for a way to break the spell of Sophie (a witch turned her into an old woman) and in Howshi wo Ou Kodomo they're looking for a way to bring back the dead. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
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

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Ending Theme

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

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
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06-20-12, 6:48 PM
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