CHILDREN OF THE SEA
One summer vacation, teenage Ruka meets two strange boys, Umi and Sora, and begins to discover her own supernatural connection to the sea as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the ocean's fish.
Director: Ayumu Watanabe | 2019 | Japan | 110 mins | Animation | Japanese with subtitles
Estranged from her parents, a young girl named Ruka visits an aquarium on her summer vacation, and is drawn to two brothers, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs. As Ruka begins to discover in herself a supernatural connection to the sea, a host of aquatic life mysteriously gathers off the coast. Adapted from the manga of the same name by Daisuke Igarashi, Children of the Sea lifts the artwork, story and dialogue directly from its pages, creating an atmospherically exquisite oceanic animation, leading to an incredible psychedelic finale.
CHILDREN OF THE SEA is the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4°C (known for Tekkonkinkreet,MFKZ, Mind Game, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight and others), and is directed by Ayumu Watanabe, with a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro). CHILDREN OF THE SEA is adapted from the manga of the same name by author Daisuke Igarashi, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn towards the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the ocean's fish.