The Art Of Children Who Chase Lost Voices Book Review

Posted By yonghow on September 26th, 2012

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai (Voices Of A Distant Star, 5 Centimeters) is an astonishing artist. This art book for his latest animated film “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” showcases the many breathtaking background plates used in the film, and is an absolute delight :

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai

The book is printed in the same landscape format as the one for 5 Centimeters (read the review here) and allows for big, full page spreads of his gorgeous background art. I wish more Japanese art books were published in this format.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai

(above and below) The bulk of the book is dedicated to the background art, but there are some select character design sheets, layout and image boards near the end of the book, as well as interviews with the key creative staff ( in Japanese only. )

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai
Children Who Chase Lost Voices Art Book Makoto Shinkai

I wish I could enjoy Makoto-san’s films more but his narrative style was never to my taste; the art work however, is positively amazing and definitely worth the price of this book. Recommended.

“Makoto Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices” artbook details :

Dimensions – 26 x 18.6 x 1.6 cm
Softcover, 191 pages. Comes with slipcase.
Full color, In Japanese

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3 Responses to “The Art Of Children Who Chase Lost Voices Book Review”

alua

I agree with you – gorgeous art, but narratively the films don’t quite work. I don’t mind them thematically, I just think Shinkai needs someone on his team that can turn his basic ideas for a story into the best narrative possible, i.e. a structure and narrative arch that works, tightly & carefully edited, with all the motivations for happenings and character development in place. Particularly with Hoshi Ou o Kodomo I thought so: many wonderful bits are there, but the sum of pieces doesn’t quite add up. Still better than many other animations though.

yonghow

alua – Glad I’m not the only person who feels this way; there has been a couple of times when some movie reviewers have dubbed him “the next Miyazaki”, which irks me to no end.

No disrespect to Makoto-san; I mean his artwork is beyond amazing, but these movie reviewers really have no idea what they are talking about. :P

alua

I don’t think you are the only person who feels this way.

The whole “next Miyazaki” debate is silly to start with, it’s not conducive to anything and I’m fairly sure Shinkai himself doesn’t wish to be the next Miyazaki either. (Wouldn’t you rather want to be yourself?)

I would be very doubtful of any reviewer that is blind to the problems in the narrative structure in Shinkai’s films – I mean, we all have our own preferences and might favour one film over another, but these weaknesses are difficult to ignore.

I think I said in my review of this film, other than delighting us with gorgeous artwork, Shinkai wonderfully conveys a sense of certain feelings and emotions (not all, but some), but he isn’t a storyteller. I’m not convinced he can become one (and just like you, I’m saying that without any disrespect aimed at him), I think he’d do better to play to his strengths and let someone else write the story…

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