Spellbinding and sometimes emotional story; however, it is not entirely satisfying because it leaves some things insufficiently explained. Engaging characters that the viewer cares about. Beautifully animated, with a number of visually impressive scenes. The voice actors do a commendable job, imbuing their characters with personality. Goro Miyazaki shows promise, ably bringing the story and the characters to life on screen, but this film is not as fascinating and masterfully realized as those of his father, Hayao Miyazaki. Based on Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series.
(Original title: Gedo senki.)