Hoshi wo Katta Hi

The Day I Bought a Star

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Day I Cropped a Star, The Day I Harvested a Star, The Day I Harvested a Planet
Japanese: 星をかった日
English: The Day I Bought a Star
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 3, 2006
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Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 16 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Popularity: #7047
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A young boy, tired of the city, escapes into the country. When trying to bring vegetables to the market to sell, his cart breaks down and he exchanges the vegetables for a mystical seed. Returning home he plants the seed in a normal pot—only to find it growing into a planet.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Screenplay
Yasuda, Michiyo
Color Design
Inoue, Naohisa
Original Creator
Satou, Masako
Key Animation


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Oct 9, 2019
This short film is only available for viewing at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan. Additionally it's screened in Japanese without English subtitles. As I only know a few Japanese phrases, I had to follow along with visuals alone.

That said, the visual art was very impressive. The story focused around a boy planting and fostering a miniature planet which allowed for several interesting effects. An artificial atmosphere was creating by spraying water on an initially lifeless, rock-like planet. Animations involved careful depiction of weight as affected by gravity in the atmosphere of the planet. There were a few shots using a fixed perspective from the ...

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