Makoto Shinkai: Loss Defined

The internet has been a buzz with the news that Makoto Shinkai is set to release another film in the near future. For those of you who don’t know of Makoto Shinkai, he’s the masterful creator behind Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters per Second. While each of his films deals with loss, and thus inevitably tugs at the viewers’ heart strings like few can, many including myself still love his works. In particular, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, which if you can believe it is probably the happier of the three, is one of my all time favorite films. The scenery in every film is gorgeous, the characters feel so real, and indeed loss is a universal feeling, so the films are easy to connect to.

Here is how Anime News Network describes the plot of Shinkai’s new film Hoshi o Ou Kodomo: Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below

The film centers on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to meet a boy again, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

Anime News Network then posted an update featuring the first promo video for the new film which can be seen directly below this line.

I already cannot wait for this film and the sadness that will likely ensue. Even if you’re not a fan of Shinkai you can bet his film will make waves in the otaku community. If you want to learn more about Makoto Shinkai and his new movie you can follow him on twitter at or check out the Japanese language official website for the film.


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