Another wonderful film by Makoto Shinkai and this time it is about a fantasy adventure into an unknown world. How it puts the story together in 2 hours is simply engaging and enjoyable to watch.
Strange sounds in the darkness... Unearthly music from an old crystal radio... These are all the warning Asuna Watase has before a simple walk to her clubhouse catapults her into a nightmarish adventure that will take her beneath the Earth to a lost land beyond the realm of legend! Attacked by a strange monstrous creature, rescued by a mysterious stranger and pursued by a relentless enemy, Asuna finds herself enmeshed in a centuries old mystery that will bind her to a strange young defender and lead her inevitably, towards a secret that may hold the key to life itself!
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
There have been plenty of anime about a fantasy adventure into an unknown world and most of them are pretty similar in plot style. However, Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo takes a different direction and incorporates mystery and unexplainable phenomenon into the mix which results in quite a good story to watch. I felt the anime felt really similar to those Disney "Lost Worlds" films such as Atlantis. There is plenty of "magic" and mystery and if you are quite acquainted with Disney films, you will instantly love this anime. The story of course, is pretty much all mysterious and there really is no point in asking "why" to this and that throughout the film. It starts off with an old crystal radio owned by a girl named Asuna Watase. A mysterious melody is heard and she wonders where it came from. The next day she meets a boy named Shun and she discovers that he is from the underworld, Agartha. She then follows him down below and discovers a mysterious place that is full of monsters and mystery. What she discovers down there is a secret that may hold the key to life itself. Already hooked into the plot? Yes, it is quite engaging and for those for have vivid imagination and just love a quick fantasy story, Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is perfect for you.