If you ever seen Makoto Shinkai‘s previous works and loved them not just for the stories they told but for the visual aspects, then you’re in for a stunning treat with his latest animated feature film ‘Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo‘ (aka “Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below“). Granted, the story and characters lack depth in comparison to what Shinkai has done in the past and might not appeal to those who look for deep seated drama, I applaud him for tackling something different, the realm of mystical fantasy-adventure intersperse with action. Whilst ‘Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo‘ may seemed *Ghibli-esque* in parts (I see nothing wrong in that), Shinkai stamped his visual artistry to the max. That’s the one element that I thoroughly enjoy taking way from his latest work and I’m glad to see he hasn’t lost his touch in that aspect at all. The other thing of note is the music by TENMON which did far more than just complementing Shinkai’s gorgeous settings and breathtaking vistas. I guess one could say that these two elements went some way to make up for the film’s weak plot but hey, it is Shinkai’s first foray into a different genre after all. I still like the sense of adventure and journeying the film presented. Needless to say I had a blast capturing the screenshots for this post. Wallpaper, anyone?!
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