Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

Children Who Chase Lost Voices

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Synonyms: Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, Journey to Agartha
Japanese: 星を追う子ども
English: Children Who Chase Lost Voices
German: Children Who Chase Lost Voices
Spanish: Viaje a Agartha
French: Children Who Chase Lost Voices
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 7, 2011
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks, GKIDS
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Duration: 1 hr. 56 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.521 (scored by 9391893,918 users)
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Ranked: #16532
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Popularity: #1081
Members: 206,642
Favorites: 647

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If you could turn all your memories into a song, what would it resemble?

Between being an exceptional student and taking care of the house alone during her mother's absence, Asuna Watase's only distraction is listening to her old crystal radio in her secret mountain hideout. One day, she accidentally tunes to a mysterious and melancholic melody, different from anything she has ever heard before. Soon after, an enigmatic boy named Shun saves her from a dangerous creature, unknowingly dragging Asuna on a long journey to a long lost land bound to surpass her very imagination, turning her once melodic life into an intricate requiem.

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Winner of the Platinum Grand Prize during the 2012 Future Film Festival, held in Italy.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hidaka, Rina


Shimamoto, Sumi


Hamada, Kenji

Watase, Father

Maeda, Takeshi


Itou, Kanae


Iwasaki, Atsushi
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Editing, Creator, Director of Photography, Color Design, Screenplay
Kumaki, Anri
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics


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Ending Theme

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

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 ...
Apr 1, 2013
Imagine someone looking at Studio Ghibli in hope of creating something similar, but end up completely missing the point and delivering a train wreck of a movie. This is how I would describe Children Who Chase Lost Voices.

Although, to be perfectly honest, I do not entirely agree with the Ghibli comparison many have done. The similarities stop after a magical land, equally magical creatures and character designs that, with some small adjustments, could have come from any of Hayao Miyazaki’s flicks. The rest is characteristic Shinkai flair, albeit this time muddled with a severe identity crisis.

On a first glance Children Who Chase Lost Voices does ...
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, ...

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