Children of the Sea

Alt title: Kaijuu no Kodomo

Movie (1 ep x 111 min)
3.675 out of 5 from 479 votes
Rank #2,913
Children of the Sea

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.

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    "If you went into outer space, it'd look exactly the same as the ocean."     A film about cosmic connection disguised as a film about the ocean.  I don't know what I expected from this movie, but this was not it. Parts of it I love, and parts of it, well...  To start with, this movie was absolutely visually stimulating. The animation was fluid, and vibrant, and incredibly lovely from start to finish, with a special focus on the character's eyes. I'm a huge fan of surrealism, and that 10 minutes towards the end was a total surrealist masterpiece, on par with Mind Game. The soundtrack is subtle, but fit the tone very nicely. The characters were all voiced well, and the ocean sounds were beautiful.   That said, I do have some complaints. The overall plot seemed very... thin? And, just all around vague. The explaining of things was so flimsy, I'm not sure they even wanted to. The movie felt like it went on for a thousand years- the studio could have absolute scrapped some bits here or there to condense the film and it would have overall improved the storytelling quality. It felt like some bits were very dull and drawn out, and I get the impression it was to focus more on the visual aspect- which is always nice, but not when the overall pacing suffers because of it. A large portion of the movie felt very drawn out, and very dull and boring.   Also, none of the characters seem real? Most of them had a wispy alien aspect to them, but it stopped them from being relatable. The characters get a little bit of backstory here and there, but most of it isn't really relevant, and it contributes very little to the general plot line. A lot of the characters, like the old boat woman, and the long haired research assistant, didn't really contribute much of anything, or really make any sense as to why or how they were there- but they were fed very "woke" scripting to say, to ??? inspire the audience? A lot of the film felt very pseudo-intellectual, and fake-deep.    It was an interesting movie, but one I probably won't be revisiting. ((P.S. Did I mention this movie felt like it went on FOREVER?? Oof.))

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