Daily Movie Challenge? Or, an Excuse to Watch an Anime Film tonight.

I did that thing.

In case you are wondering, I did watch Juno last night. Which character do I relate most to, you ask? Juno, duh. In high school, many friends would tell me that the spunky main character was totally me. It must be the sass and quick wit? πŸ™‚

Today’s film.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices

The best way to go into a movie is without knowing much about it. I didn’t know what this film was about before I started it, only that I’ve seen other works by the director, Makoto Shinkai.

I wrote another post about another one of his movies, Weathering with You, after watching the special screening at my local movie theater.

Both were amazing and I think I made a wise choice tonight because I wanted to watch something in a foreign language or something educational — Children Who Chase Lost Voices in Japanese was both to me.

The Underworld is a major theme of this film, which got me reading about Orpheus and Eurydice, whose mythology pops up very often in the media I am watching or reading. Except I ALWAYS forget their names when I try to recall this specific information for some reason, so I end up Googling, “Greek guy who had to get his wife from The Underworld,” or something along those lines.

Side note: The suggestions on Google for just, “Greek guy who____” are quite interesting as well.

I won’t say any more Children Who Chase Lost Voices in this post except that it has a bomb shelter in it, and I learned what those looked like from these other two anime movies (that I did not watch today):

Grave of the Fireflies

War movie that is very sad at times. I thought this film woefully and thoughtfully captured the struggles of Japanese citizens living through the destruction of WWII, but I could only watch it once because of how often it made me cry. Directed by Isao Takahata.

In This Corner of the World

Another anime movie set during World War II that is also a great emotionally cathartic watch. It depicts life in Japan from the perspective of a Hiroshima-born young woman living with her in-laws after her sudden marriage. Directed by Sunao Katabuchi.

I’m sure most of you had work, but I hope you get to watch a spiritually fulfilling and inspiring movie soon.

I’m just happy I can get one post a day on this blog. Progress not perfection, right? One blog post, one film, one hour reading… What else can I do to use as a step up out of a depression spiral?

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