Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Maho no Kagami

Title:Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Maho no Kagami
Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Mahō no Kagami
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
ホッタラケの島 -遥と魔法の鏡- (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - Production I.G.
R1 License - FUNimation
This is a new CGI movie currently in the works. According to Production I.G. and Fuji TV, the movie will follow a girl named Haruka as she discovers where all of our childhood keepsakes and memorabilia go. "In this story, we meet fantastic creatures that gather all these little objects that fall into oblivion as they are forgotten by their owners when they step into adulthood. These creatures sneak into our world from a different dimension, and unseen by humans, they take all the ditched and forgotten 'treasures' into their world. Here, they use their booty to build their own city, a fairy-tale like place called…Oblivion Island!" (sourced from ANN)

Animated by Production I.G.
Picked up for Region 1 video distribution by Funimation Entertainment.
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Oblivion Island is clearly the kind of film that will do well at getting your kids latched on it, considering the cuddly appearances of the creatures that Haruka encounters in the land of forgotten items and occasional suspenseful moments the movie's characters get caught up in. The film's CG animation features bright and vivid details of the world of forgotten items featuring a good number of the environments within the world made from the various items that the creatures within it took from the human world making buildings, planes and items of everyday use out of whatever they took. Movement from characters and contraptions within Oblivion Island are animated at a fluid pace with some great-looking action sequences coming from the movie's tense moments from escaping some creatures who bully Teo to the final aerial battle against the Baron. Only low point in the animation is that the facial designs for human characters like Haruka look a bit off in their quality compared to the designs of the creatures of Oblivion Island.

It appeared the movie was trying to set up a moral lesson out of Haruka recalling memories of her mother and regaining items she lost from her childhood as mementos from her mother. However rather than use the film as a coming-of-age journey for Haruka, Oblivion Island makes itself into an adventure title where Haruka becomes acquainted with the world of forgotten items and gets at odds with Oblivion Island's ruler, the Baron, who has nefarious plans for Oblivion Island that involve using Haruka's mirror. The "moral lesson" of the movie seemed like an afterthought as Oblivion Island rushed through its developments without properly developing Haruka's character or fleshing out elements to the plot such as how Haruka's mirror is a magical item and why Teo finds himself getting bullied.

With Oblivion Island as dumbed-down and cuddly as it is, the movie is very likely gonna alienate some anime fans if they can't find themselves getting latched onto the juvenile storytelling of it. It would be the perfect movie to get younger viewers latched on, especially as Funimation will be bringing it to video here in America next year. But your mileage could vary on how well you take to the film if you're not the movie's intended audience.

Last updated Wednesday, October 19 2011. Created Wednesday, October 19 2011.

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