In Japanese with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Koichi Chigira
Cast (Voice): Yo Oizumi, Eilji Wentz
Runtime: 1 hr 52 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Opening Day: 16 August 2007
Wataru is an ordinary, eleven-year-old kid whose world has
just collapsed around him. His father has walked out on the
family and his mother is in the hospital for attempted suicide.
All he wants now is his old secure and comfortable life back.
When he discovers a magic gateway to another world called
"Vision," Wataru literally leaps at the opportunity.
Before he can save his family, he'll need to do battle with
a world of demons, his own friends and ultimately, himself!
Anyone who has had a childhood will love this anime movie
about well, as the title already indicates, bravery. And anyone
who has had a childhood will reminisce about the fantasy,
the adventure, the exploration quest we all wish we could
have. And anyone who has had a childhood will be evoked by
certain important events that marked those earlier simpler
the earlier The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda)
left you enchanted, then this anime would also captivate you
with its engaging storytelling.
Koichi Chigira-directed picture tells the tale of an 11-year-old
who enters a magic gateway to change his destiny. There, he
gets to know new friends, fight demons and ultimately grow
to be brave and make decisions that will impact his life forever.
like a typical coming-of-age story which you have seen somewhere
else? True, the adaptation of Miyuki Miyabe-written novel
is nothing new or refreshing: you’ve heard plots which
inspire young ones to be true to themselves in countless Disney
movies, but there is something timeless in sincere storylines
like these which never fail to touch emotionally.
although the creatures look Ghibli-inspired, and the European
influence is evident in the buildings and landscapes in this
movie, your imagination and sense of wonder can still run
wild with the out-of-this-world creatures like an acrobatic
kitten, a water lizard traveler, a baby dragon, a psychotic
frog demon and many other adorable creatures that will make
you go “aww…”.
animation technique used here may not be anything technologically
wowing, but the pleasing soft pastel colors and the occasional
computer animation is still refreshing and pleasant to look
movie may not go down history as a classic anime to remember
by, but like all rousing and moving anime flicks, this one
draws a parallel between fantasy and real life so that viewers
can bring home something relevant to their lives after leaving
the theatre. The enjoyably accessible movie with a well-meaning
message will leave both kids and adults certain relevant issues.
because this movie isn’t targeted at the young ones
alone, it will make the cynic in us wonder about how far we
have come today, how busy and unaffectionate we have become,
and how some unimportant matters have taken control of our
routine lives, and how simple it is to forget that we once
had a childhood that we truly enjoyed.
(An agreeable anime with heart that will enchant both
kids and grown-ups)
by John Li