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
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Duration: 1 hr. 56 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.551 (scored by 8348983,489 users)
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Ranked: #14722
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Popularity: #983
Members: 182,816
Favorites: 585

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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


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


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Ending Theme

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

Dec 11, 2011
Archaeon (All reviews)
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
Apr 1, 2013
Marow (All reviews)
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 read more
Nov 19, 2011
5camp (All reviews)
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
May 7, 2011
Tyblazitar (All reviews)
Disclaimer: As this obviously hasn't been subbed yet, and my Japanese is nowhere near fluent, it's possible that certain minor details in the plot might have escaped me. Please keep this in mind while reading the review.

Makoto Shinkai's most recent work is something quite new for him. The main criticisms of his works has as far as I can tell been the character designs being to simplistic and rough, as well as all his three longer works being quite similar. Though I would contend the latter point, it's certain that Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is different, in both aspects. It would seem that Shinkai has read more


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