Children Who Chase Lost Voices - Movie of the Month Review

Monday, August 14, 2017

A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world. (IMDB)

Children Who Chase Lost Voices, also known as  Journey to Agartha or Hoshi o ou kodomo, is a backup to our original Movie of the Month. The plan was to watch Okja, but due a lack of research, we were forced to change the movie a little last minute. This led to a conflict in schedules, which is why we only have two thirds of the authors participating and why the post is going up a little later in the day than usual. Seeing as this is the first installment of the MotM, I think that it is actually quite surprising that we have not had more problems.

Jenny: I really enjoyed the movie and found it to be interesting even though I did not understand all of it.

Jenny's Rating: 9/10

Sarah: This was the second time I have watched this movie. I originally watched the subbed version, but decided to watched the dubbed version as a refresher. As with most anime, the dub is not very good. The voices do not match the characters very well and the emotions feel forced (especially with Asuna). Both the animation and story are very close to being Studio Ghibli quality and a good portion of this film feels like it could easily be a tribute to the legendary animation studio. It does have a few plot issues and several things are left unanswered. I also found the lack of character growth to be a little frustrating. The score, while absolutely beautiful, sounds the same as all of the other scores in Makoto Shinkai's films (lots of melancholy yet hopeful piano and strings). As a cat lady, I am always very judgemental when there is a feline (or feline-like) character. It is probably a strange pet peeve to have, but I want the cats to actually be believable. Thankfully though, it seems like pretty much every Japanese animator has a very good understanding of how they move and how their personalities can be.

Sarah's Rating: 8/10

Watch/Buy: Amazon, Vudu