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Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Journey To Agartha)

What is it?

The 2011 Japanese anime (animated) movie Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Journey To Agartha).

Toonami Promo: Children Who Chase Lost Voices

What is it about?

This is how MyAnimeList describes this anime (animated) movie:

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

This is how Crunchyroll describes this anime movie:

When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music.

Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives.

Agartha is a land of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable danger – a place where, it is believed, even the dead can be brought back to life.

But at what cost?

Sloth’s Anime Reviews – The Children Who Chase Lost Voices

What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?

I like how amazing the visuals were at times, how this anime movie covered some topics that are not that common in animated movies like death / loss / the afterlife et cetera that left me thinking about those topics, and how it got emotional at times; and I think that other people will like that as well.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices REVIEW (Pixies Animation Vlog!)

Final Thoughts

This anime movie seemed so much like a Studio Ghibli movie that I thought that it was one at first until I looked it up, while I think that it is a movie worth watching, I did not like it as much as I had expected but it is still pretty good just based on the visuals alone and it might make you think about some of the topics in this movie.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices – Movie Review

The end,

  • John Jr

10 replies on “Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Journey To Agartha)”

Hello Moment,

Cool, I am glad that you are considering giving some anime a chance, some similar and probably better but older anime movies (all by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki) include: Princess Mononoke, Castle In The Sky, Spirited Away (the French dub is better than the English dub in my opinion), Nausicaä Of the Valley Of The Wind.

There are some animes and cartoons out there that might surprise you, like the ones that might make you cry (like Grave Of The Fireflies and When Marnie Was There that made me cry), I should make a list of movies that have made me cry one day 😀 ; and some that combine several genres like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig et cetera, and those with great animation and surprising themes.

Thank you for commenting,

-John Jr

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Thanks for all those recommendations. I’ll check some of them out when I get a chance. A friend was recently telling me about Ghost in the Shell and I’ve seen Princess Mononoke, but it was a long time ago and I’d like to see it again.

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Hello Moment,

You are welcome, I went overboard with all the videos though. 😀

Cool, so you have seen Princess Mononoke (it was a long time ago for me too) and you have heard about Ghost In The Shell, most of the Ghost In The Shell movies are different from the television show that had two seasons.

The live-action Ghost In The Shell movie that came out last year was the worst of the bunch in my opinion, and I think that all the animated movies and the television shows are better.

The Ghost In The Shell movies were made in this order: Ghost In The Shell (considered a classic in its genre, but the voice acting for the main female character is the worst in the franchise), Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (this movie is the strangest and is a head trip), Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society (this is a television movie that is possibly the worst of the animated movies), Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie (possibly the most or second most action-packed of the animated movies).

The animated television shows of Ghost In The Shell were made in this order: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Season 1), Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig (Season 2), and Ghost In The Shell: Arise (the newest and shortest, and the next-to-worst voice for the main female character); and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig is probably my favorite season and is possibly my favorite overall thing in the Ghost In The Shell franchise even though there are things that I like about each thing in the franchise but overall it possibly combines a better amount of those elements even though those elements may not be the best because some parts of the franchise seem to specialize in certain areas.

My favorite trailers in the Ghost In The Shell franchise are probably the trailers for Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie and Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, and the worst trailer in the franchise is probably the one for Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society.

Anyway, that is enough of my jibber jabber. 😉

Thank you for commenting,

-John Jr

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Haha, we definitely stumbled upon something you’re passionate about ☺️

I appreciate the information. I’ll look into it when I get a chance. I’m off camping now. A well needed respite in the forest. Though apparently still plugged in on my phone. Hopefully my dreams will come back while I’m out here…

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The animation looks pretty, as is the case in most of that director’s movies. I’ll have to watch this some day, but I have to be in the right mood because Shinkai films tend to have depressing themes to them.

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Hello The Otaku Judge,

I agree, and I think that your idea for when to watch this movie is a good idea.

The other films that I have seen by him include The Place Promised in Our Early Days (which I watched years ago, and the only thing that I remember is some young people working on maybe fixing up an aircraft and maybe something about a tower and some kind of conflict or something), and Your Name; and maybe just maybe Voices Of A Distant Star.

Thank you for commenting,
-John Jr

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