Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo)

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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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Critic Reviews for Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo)

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  • It leaves you with the sense that the art form's boundaries have been nudged a little wider as you watched.

    October 31, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A lonely 14-year-old connects with two boys raised at sea in a gorgeous, sensitive anime movie that takes a wild out-of-this-world turn.

    October 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • Watanabe Ayumu's newest anime feature is beautifully drawn and features a rousing score by Joe Hisaishi, but the spectacle trumps the plot.

    February 26, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • It's so consumed in its pretty, colourful sequences that you begin to feel disoriented and struggle to come up for air. It's a pretty frustrating watch at times, as the narrative begins to feel incoherent.

    February 15, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • 'Children of the Sea' manages to amaze your eyes, but ends up disappointing in all other aspects. [Full review in Spanish]

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • With a somewhat confusing narration and a redundant central plot, the film burst in its final 20 minutes. [Full review in spanish]

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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