Visually, this movie is absolutely stunning. The scenery and animation are pieced together beautifully and a real joy to gaze upon. However, story wise this is far from original, which makes it less enjoyable for me. There are elements of Studio Ghibli films splashed all over this movie (specifically Nausicca, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, etc.), even completely taken from. Also a hint of Full Metal Alchemist.
Whether this is a Miyazaki homage or not, this is far from original.
The story dives into the idea of death, resurrection, loneliness; while it is an interesting take on what the underworld may be, the complications of life and dealing with loss and such wasn't properly executed in my opinion...to put it bluntly, I was not too impressed with Children Who Chase Lost Voices. This movie is okay and enjoyable, and I did enjoy the idea of going to another world and experiencing beautiful things (who doesn't?!) but overall this movie was a bit of a bore for me. Still, give it a look.
Story is a no go for me but visuals and animation is a solid 10/10.
Sorry, this is my first review ever on this site. It may not be as reliable as the the others on this movie so far, but it's my honest opinion.
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