I can even remember the first time I ever heard about this movie. I immediately went out and searched for a copy on the internet. Found a Russian version my first try, the second attempt was more successful and I finally had it. I watched it, and I loved it. Then I went and had all of my friends watch the movie. It was instantly a classic in my mind, right up there with Ghibli and anything Makoto Shinkai touches.
Well, now the DVD is finally out in the US. We have the standard edition of just the 1 DVD containing the movie, commentary with director and the three main actors, a music video, and your standard promos and such.
The Limited Edition comes with the first DVD, a Second DVD that has the movie again, storyboards, A commentary with the staff(Director, Assistant Director, Animation Director). An interview with the director, and finally behinds the scenes at the Tokyo premiere. The LE also contains the OST, which somehow I totally missed when I was buying it, so that was a VERY pleasant surprise when I opened up the box. Speaking of the box, the shape is that of a hardcover book with some very nice art all around.
I’ve already said that I love the movie, and I still do. I can’t really say too much more than that, pretty much the only part in me that can find a problem with it is the standard “time travel is flawed,” but even then I still love it.
The dub stars Emily Hirst, a teen actor who from what I can find this is her first work on any sort of animated production. I’ve always been a huge fan of using actors of the appropriate ages for animated shows, one of the big reasons I think Avatar did so well. And she does a pretty good job in portraying Makoto.
Really the only thing that could have been included to make this an even better package is an art book or something. As it is, this is a worthy addition to any collection, and if you’re someone who doesn’t buy DVDs, you should at the very least find some way to rent and watch this wonderfull movie.