The Sky Crawlers

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: スカイ・クロラ
English: The Sky Crawlers
French: Sky Crawlers: L'armée du Ciel
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 2008
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 2 hr. 2 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.271 (scored by 2516425,164 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #28672
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2907
Members: 57,959
Favorites: 320

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In an alternate timeline, the world has seemingly achieved peace. Bereft of international conflicts, wars are now waged between private corporations in place of peaceful nations. Yuuichi Kannami, a recent transfer in Area 262, simply does his job as a contracted fighter pilot. However, the more time he spends at his new base, the more mysteries come to light.

The Sky Crawlers exhibits this reality through the eyes of Kannami as he endeavors to understand the "Kildren," humans genetically altered to be teenagers forever with faster reflexes, and his predecessor, the ace pilot known as "Teacher." However, what troubles Kannami the most is how all this connects to the base commander, Suito Kusanagi. Area 262 has the answers, but the truth comes with a price the young pilot may not be ready to pay.

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The Sky Crawlers won the Best Animation Film award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 2008.

Characters & Voice Actors


Takenaka, Naoto


Hishimi, Yuriko

Bus guide





Hirakawa, Daisuke


Terashima-Furuta, Maki
Assistant Producer
Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Storyboard


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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 ...
Jun 20, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Really I'd give it a 4.8 but 5 is what it gets. Lucky.

I'm not sure really what the other reviewers saw in this movie, giving it a 9 and an 8 but I know full well it didn't get that for me.

The story is the only saving grace for this movie. But the way it was presented was like shit (sorry but that's the word that comes to mind). Your sort of introduced to these kids who fly aircraft and you get the gist of the story bit by bit, but I was confused for the entire first half of the movie until ...
Aug 27, 2022
This is a strangely cold movie with barely any empathetic or relatable characters shuffling around gorgeously rendered backdrops with an unusually lacklustre Kenji Kawai soundtrack effort.

It’s from Mamoru Oshii so it’s automatically thoughtful and has something to say, yet as a movie it fails because Oshii’s auteur sensibilities don’t fit with the backdrop of this particular tale.

The surface story borders on the mediocre, though the backdrop premise is intriguing with the message of warfare that’s been relegated to sport-like competition between warring corporations. It’s a topical and timely subtext, especially during one scene where a conflict is taking place on a screen in a ...

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