Giovanni no Shima

Giovanni's Island

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Synonyms: Giovanni no Shima
Japanese: ジョバンニの島
English: Giovanni's Island
German: Giovannis Insel
Spanish: La Isla de Giovanni
French: L'Ile de Giovanni
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 22, 2014
Producers: Warner Bros. Japan
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Original
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.671 (scored by 96319,631 users)
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Ranked: #11882
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Popularity: #3579
Members: 29,318
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In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.

On August 15th, they told us we had lost the war. At that time, we did not really understand. Then one day, everything changed. Many soldiers, wearing uniforms we had never seen before, arrived on the island. That was the day I met Tanya.

(Source: Production I.G)


A special animated movie to commemorate 50th anniversary of Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME).

Winner of the Platinum Grand Prize during the 2015 Future Film Festival, held in Italy.

Characters & Voice Actors

Senou, Kanta

Taniai, Junya

Senou, Junpei

Yokoyama, Kouta


Santamaria, Yusuke


Yachigusa, Kaoru


Yanagihara, Kanako



Village Chief

Inuzuka, Hiroshi

Senou, Tatsuo

Ichimura, Masachika

Senou, Genzou

Kitajima, Saburou


Honda, Fuminori
Nishikubo, Mizuho
Director, Storyboard
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Tachibana, Masaki
Episode Director, 2nd Key Animation


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Jan 6, 2015
Giovanni no shima is a beautiful film about dreams, hope and love. Taking place at an island called Shikotan in Northern Japan during the end of the 2nd World War, Giovanni no shima displays a unique milieu even for the most studious anime-watcher.

Siblings Junpei and Kanta are very young when the Red Army comes and takes control of their dear home island. But even on the hard times, when food is scarce and scary armed men watch every move they take, the two have something they can always rely on: their imagination. ‘The Galactic Railroad’ is their way to escape difficult situations, taking them far ...
Sep 3, 2014
1945, Japan was defeated in WWII. We find ourselves in the beautiful greenery island of Shikotan, and the Russian army has taken the land as their own. Junpei and Kanta are two little brothers who find themselves in the spoils of war and have to face this cruel reality. When two countries collide, we happen to discover different cultures, distinct features, language barriers and ruffling history. “Giovanni no Shima” takes us onto the railroads of a train, and stopping at every station, it shows us how to break those obstacles and teaches us about longing and loss, but also bravery and determination to achieve one’s ...
Jul 12, 2017
Giovanni’s Island is an emotionally gripping film that depicts life in Japan near the end of world war 2 known as the Soviet-Japanese War. The film unfolds around our main character Junpei/Giovanni, who is a young boy living in one of the Islands in Japan, whose father is the commander of the firefighting force in the village (he’s basically the head honcho of the village). The soviets are invading their hometown and our adventure begins from here. Before I progress, I have to say I really loved this movie, but this film is very one-sided, it makes you feel empathetic toward the Japanese, and it ...

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This movie is so SO UNDERRATED!
EDGE666 - Nov 21, 2020
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Jul 18, 5:39 PM
Poll: Giovanni no Shima Episode 1 Discussion
Kurini - Aug 18, 2014
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Apr 16, 9:36 PM
The BD/DVD will come out on the 6th of August.
rederoin - Jun 9, 2014
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