Makoto Shinkai: “Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below”.
The film, titled Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (or Hoshi o Ou Kodomo), is set to be Shinkai’s longest animation to date. The action-adventure romance centres on Asuna, a girl whose solitary days are spent listening to the mysterious music that plays from the crystal radio gifted to her by her father, and her journey to be reunited with a boy from her past.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below is only Shinkai’s 4th film, though he has also produced 2 shorts and been involved in the creation of film sections in a number games. Despite this, Shinkai has built up a dedicated following of fans who have even dedicated their own day to celebrating his work.
Makoto Shinkai day falls between 27th and 28th of February, time zone dependent, and has been celebrated by fans since 2009.
Notable features of Shinkai’s previous works include his animation style – which produces breath taking sky views and shows an unrivalled understanding of light and shading, and melancholy filled monologue heavy scripts, that have proven to be so effective at stirring emotions in his audience. It is unclear how closely Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below will follow these practices, but the result is sure to be exciting none the less.