Film Analysis: Children Who Chase Lost Voices

You are going to read a film analysis based article where I will talk about different aspects of the film Children Who Chase Lost Voices. At first, I will apprise readers with some basic information about the film then I will elaborate on my own analysis. Let’s get going.

Basic Information of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

I) Children Who Chase Lost Voices is a 2011 Japanese anime film. Makoto ShiKai directed this film.

ii) The film released in Japan on May 7, 2011. It released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on November 25, 2011.

iii) One of the longest Japanese animation films and described as a lively animated film with adventure, action, and romance. The plot centered on a cheerful and spirited girl who was on a journey to say farewell.

iv) The film’s English adaptation broadcast on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block in the United States on November 5, 2016.

v) ShiKai’s one of the finest works is Children Who Chase Lost Voices which film received huge acclamation from critiques and general audience. It is an astonishing film that truly feels like the culmination of Shinkai’s entire career up until this point. It is his most ambitious work to date and quite simply his crowning achievement in the art form.

Own Analysis of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

What I love most about this film is the theme. According to Japanese anime director Makoto Shinkai, his films are such a form of study. This film is not an exception as well. How people connected through a relationship and how individuals behave in a relationship this theme portrayed here by a strong message.

Although the film designed primarily for a young audience, adult themes of love and loss abound in its story of mourning lovers attempting to reach out to them across the dimensions.

Its theme also focuses on the four noble truths of Buddhism: Life is full of suffering, suffering is caused by attachment, release from suffering is attainable and there is a path to the end of suffering. Here, the path is setting your loved one free and saying hello to a world without them. I think this theme attracted audiences the most.

Secondly, I must say in this film a simply beautiful story is told gorgeously. The storytelling way is spontaneous and educative. The images are exquisite and the colors are wonderful, the underworld of Agartha is just as real as the everyday world Asuna initially inhabits. And the storyline, essentially a meditation on letting go of the past while still free to mourn lost loved ones, is much more resonant for adults than for kids.

Another best part about this film is the visuals. Indeed, one of the most beautiful animated films I have ever watched, each second of this film is pure visual joy and amusement. For its beautiful visual the film became watch-worthy.

In addition, the soundtrack is, for the most part, soothing and complements the narrative well. With the fighting scenes, it sometimes felt like an action movie. Those scenes are outstanding in terms of animation, visual effects, and music accompaniment.

Climax was not Satisfactory to Me

Only one aspect of the movie that might be better is the climax. I felt the movie kept implying things and then just dropping them. A mysterious boy’s statements to the girl seem fraught with meaning, suggesting some back story, then it never revealed.

A strange crystal also must have some sort of history, but what? Here I found some lack of depth in the story. This may be the reason that in the end, I didn’t have the feeling of satisfaction that I expected from the whole movie. I felt at the end that there is something missing otherwise the entire movie is pleasant as well as enjoyable.

Final Thought

The film got one of the talented directions. Consequently, many viewers loved this film. Shinkai is one of the most talented auteurs working in the medium of animation. This is his third feature-length film and it is his longest and most complex film to date. Instead of the more current anime style of 5 centimeters per second, this one features the classic Japanimation style of Ghibli’s films. The strongest points of the film include ShiKai’s greatly improved character rendering though, not perfect but far better than his previous efforts. Overall, I recommend this movie if anyone really loves to watch Japanese animation.