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The Sky Crawlers
Type : Movie
Year : 02.08.2008
Producers : Production I.G, Nippon Television Network, Oshii Mamoru(GITS)
Official site & trailer :

Overview by Production IG
The Sky Crawlers

Somewhere, in a country similar to ours
There are children who do not became adult
They are very similar to us

Mamoru Oshii, the world-famous Japanese filmmaker, whose works include Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Innocence (2004), will direct a new feature animation film, The Sky Crawlers, to premiere in Japanese theatres on August 2, 2008.

The film is based on a popular five-part novel by a best-seller writer, Mori Hiroshi, who enjoys enthusiastic support from younger generations and has sold over 8 million copies of his works in total. The story unfolds in another 'possible' modern age. The main characters are youngsters called "Kildren", who are destined to live eternally in their adolescence. The Kildren are conscious that every day could be the last, because they fight a "war as entertainment" organized and operated by adults. But as they embrace the reality they are faced with, they live their day-to-day lives to the full.

After reading the novel, Director Oshii praised it as "a work that should be made into a movie for young people now." Clothing, food and housing are in abundance in our modern society, and yet we carry an unfulfilled vacuum in our hearts. "It is time to face this new perception to our existence through the Kildren, who live indefinitely in eternal adolescence, and this theme should be dealt with now," claims Oshii earnestly. The author Mori regards his novel, The Sky Crawlers "as the most difficult among all of my works for film adaptation." However, Mori declared himself "surprised and relieved at the same time to know the director was going to be Mamoru Oshii," and gave his immediate consent.

Mamoru Oshii is best known worldwide for the epoch-making Ghost in the Shell, that topped the Billboard video chart in the US, and its sequel Innocence, the first Japanese animation film to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival. His philosophical speculations and revolutionary visual approach that run throughout his oeuvre had a definitive impact on many film directors, including Luc Besson of The Fifth Element (1997) and the Wachowski brothers of The Matrix (1999).

However, Oshii declares that he is sealing off his method of direction so far. While distancing himself from the original novel "to create a more entertaining work," he has promoted an up-and-coming scriptwriter, Chihiro Ito, who depicted youngsters' sensitive feelings beautifully in two acclaimed movies, Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World (Sekai no Chushin de Ai wo Sakebu, 2004) and Spring Snow (Haru no Yuki, 2005).

The music score will be written by Oshii's most trusted composer, Kenji Kawai.

The Sky Crawlers is going to be a completely new Oshii film.

The Sky Crawlers is a collaborative project by Nippon Television Network Corporation and Production I.G, Inc., distributed in Japan by Warner Entertainment Japan Inc., to be released in theatres nationwide from August 2, 2008.

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Care to give us a synopsis for the non-japanese readers?

EDIT: the animation looks very good. Though a startling contrast between the normal scenes, and the plane scenes. The plot doesn't interest me though, that much.
I see Mamoru Oshii and Production I.G.

That's 2 helluva good reason for me to watch this.
Wow...the animation is great o.o Especially with the mouth movement. lol at the cat lion tiger symbol on one of the planes XD Looks like "THUNDER CATS!" HOOOOOOOO!!!
I agree about the character designs and the animation. Characters are very naruto-ish... but geez... it actually looks like they're talking... the mouthing fits the words... that's a lot of extra work O_O
Finally a trailer that actually shows something, looking forward to this now it looks very promising.
Hmmm....seems like a very interesting story, definitely on my to watch list...I get the feeling of a really bitter bitter sweet ending.
Looks pretty coool.
Doesn't look like it will top Macross Zero when it comes to air-battles though.
5 min 30 sec preview

Looks solid. Still don't like the 3d CG, but I guess they had to do it in CG. It would take ages to make all of it in 2d animation. Looks like this will be a good romance story.
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Looks really promising.

Animation looks spectacular. It's obvious that they put a lot of work into it especially the lip synching. I'm liking the soundtrack too. Solid work from Kenji Kawai as always.

I'm hoping this turns out to be the 5 Centimeters per Second of this year. Hopefully without a sad ending. ;_;
Looks really promising.

Animation looks spectacular. It's obvious that they put a lot of work into it especially the lip synching. I'm liking the soundtrack too. Solid work from Kenji Kawai as always.

I'm hoping this turns out to be the 5 Centimeters per Second of this year. Hopefully without a sad ending. ;_;

I like the animation too, it's stunning. But I don't really like the looks of the characters, and the hair on most of them looks dull.

I don't know if you should be hoping too much for a happy ending, if I remember correctly and read right he was influenced to direct this movie after recent events in his real life where members of his family passed away.
Yeah, but it's based on a novel, so I'm sure the writer has an input as well. Oshii should follow the novel. I've read nothing but good things about it. I agree about the simplistic designs, but look at the bright side of it. It's much easier to animate simple designs. They hardly have any detail and the faces and hair are really simple as well. I thought the lip synching was great. And have you ever seen a kiss animated as good as the one in the trailer? It looks realistic.
Another link for the trailer (from
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I don't really mind the designs tbh. They might look simplistic but I care more about the detail in the art than how unique the designs are. And from what I could see, there were some good levels of shading and detail in there. Not so much intricate detail but good art nonethless.

Though considering the level of the animation, the designs are the last thing to complain about.
Maybe so, but I just found it rather annoying with the one woman's hair being all symmetrical and consisting of few lines and looking awful, at least in my opinion.

Other than that, there's no real complainants about it.

Looking forward to it.
So I'm addicted to the song in the new trailer . Does anyone know who sings it and what's the name of the song?
Thank for posting! :)

Wow the third trailer is really focusing in on the romance compared to the others, and the song fit with it perfectly!

Taken from Harisen
Mamoru Oshii's latest animated film, "The Sky Crawlers," now has an official theme song in the form of "Konya mo Hoshi ni Dakarete," a new ballad by young singer Ayaka.

The song was initially planned to be used as an image song that would appear in the movie's trailer, but after listening to the finished work, Oshii felt it matched the film so well that he decided to use it during the ending credits as the theme song. The director is known for avoiding the use of existing music in his works, but he made a rare exception this time, even going as far as redoing the credits to better incorporate the song.
Live version at youtube.
Just read this review/first impression . Now I want to see it even more.
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Music video for Ayaka's, Kon'ya mo Hoshi ni Dakarete...
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