Children of the Sea Blu-ray/DVD

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About Children of the Sea Blu-ray/DVD

Children of the Sea contains the animated film directed by Ayumu Watanabe.

From Japan’s cutting-edge STUDIO4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ) and director Ayumu Watanabe, this stunningly beautiful adaptation of the prize-winning manga features a score from legendary composer Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away).

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad worked. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. As the kids get caught up in the mystery behind the sudden worldwide disappearance of the ocean’s fish, they uncover cosmic connections that will change them forever.

Details

  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Themes: Adventure, Slice of Life, Supernatural
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 100
  • Year Created: 2019
  • Release Date: 9/1/2020
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

3 reviews

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Gorgeous but baffling.

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If breathtaking animation and lavish music alone qualify for entertainment value, then CHILDREN OF THE SEA doesn't disappoint in either department. Studio 4ºC's ambitious environmentally themed tale, mixing traditional hand drawn animation and computer animation is a visual tour-de-force, especially at its 2001-like climax. And of course, the music is masterful -- then again, considering it's by Joe Hisaishi it's hard to go wrong. Unfortunately, CHILDREN OF THE SEA stumbles in the area that should be most compelling in a feature: story. Despite a promising start, the last act of the movie abruptly shifts from a coming-of-age fantasy to a bizarre, metaphysical, trippy kaleidoscope well suited to fans of 2001, but it simultaneously takes the picture off track, resulting in a baffling, unsatisfying denouement. Too bad, because CHILDREN OF THE SEA does present a lot of compelling ideas, and as mentioned, its opening act is the best.

Visually Stunning

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Children of The Sea has beautiful animation. Watching it made me feel like I was on space and ocean acid trip. It has a 2001 Space Odyssey vibe. It also reminded me of a silent film called Begotten. If your a fan of one of those two movies then you are more than likely to enjoy this. Children of the Sea is one of those movies that is nice to look at it but you are not really sure what is going on until the end. My advice is Watch it and enjoy the visuals and do not worry about figuring out what is going on. If you like to have everything explained in detail then this movie is not for you.

Not for everyone, but certainly for me

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It’s not what I expected it to be. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect it to be. The opening doesn’t give you any sort of clue as to what is going to happen, and it certainly does it big when it decides to take the path it does.

If Evangelion, 2001, Ghost in the Shell, and all of the other crazy open ended esoteric insanity regarding humanity out there is your type of movie, check this out. While I can’t promise you’ll like it, it is certainly something different and if nothing else, deserves praise for the willingness to make that effort.