Children Who Chase Lost Voices | Review

Children Who Chase Lost Voices | Review

I’m going to try to review this movie without spoiling much of it.

It was already past 11pm when I noticed this thumbnail on the youtube sidebar.  Apparently, it must have been related to a video on contemporary classical music that I played; I assumed this because the background image for that video was of an anime that I don’t know the name to, but I know there’s a big cat creature named Totoro.

The youtube thumbnail linked to an entire movie named Children Who Chase Lost Voices.  I’m not an anime person.  I’m not really into cartoons.  Within the first few minutes, it was quite clear that the protagonist was going to be a young girl with a practical and mundane life; I wasn’t exactly against it but neither was I excited about it.  I was very much indifferent.  However, there was something about the imagery and motion editing (I believe that’s the right term) that I found somewhat captivating.  For the first twenty or so minutes, I was watching and thinking to myself how slow this was.  But, then they start introducing supernatural aspects, unique abilities, shiny crystals, and fantasy creatures.  At that point, I still kind of wasn’t too impressed.  I mean, it was a cartoon, it was an anime, how surprised would I be that an anime would have supernatural abilities, shiny crystals, and fantasy animals?

Then the anime began to mention historical keywords like Sumeria and elaborated on different cultural interpretations of an afterlife.  Along with the usual aspects of a children’s cartoon, it was blending in adult topics.  After the thirty minute mark, I was pretty much hooked in.  The animated movie followed the main characters into their journey into an underground world comprising of more fantastical animals, strange creatures, strange artifacts, and hidden cities.  The themes were quite adult in content, spanning to ideas of what happens after one passes and how one copes.  But, not only that, there was a certain mystery with the message of the movie that I don’t get in a lot of contemporary blockbusters.  It was as if the entire time I was watching, I wanted to explore the world for myself, unlike how a lot of movies today plainly state the message of their movie and then use the rest of movie to justify their claims.

I think people should watch the movie.  I really miss movies like this.

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