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In an alternative timeline, Japan was divided after losing World War II: Hokkaido was annexed by the "Union" while Honshu and the other southern islands were under US sovereignty. A gigantic yet mysterious tower was constructed at Hokkaido and could be seen clearly from Aomori (the nothernmost prefecture of Honshu) across Tsugaru Strait.

In the summer of 1996, three 9th-graders made a promise that one day they would build an aircraft and reveal the tower's mystery, but their project was abandoned after Sayuri Sawatari began experiencing sleeping sickness and transferred to Tokyo for treatment.
Three years later, Hiroki Fujisawa finds out that Sayuri has been in coma since that time, and he asks Takuya Shirakawa to help him find a way to revive her.

Synopsis by: NicoleTan6392

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Horseradish Horseradish
9.00

After watching Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, I couldn't help myself but search for more of Makoto's works. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a great sci-fi animation. I couldn't help but relate it to The Matrix at some points, but then again, they're completely different from each other. The story's a bit complicated but straightforward nonetheless. Some might like it, some might not, but I'm the one of those who loved it.

ayame-kaida ayame-kaida
7.50

EVEN THOUGH I WATCH ENG. DUB I REALLY DON'T GET IT .
BUT I THINK IT WAS GOOD ... :D
LIKE THE ENDING SONG VERY MUCH ... ( PROBABLY THE ONLY PART THAT I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY !!! :D )
BY THE WAY ...
WEREN'T THEY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WHEN IT STARTED ?!
HOW THE HELL THEY GET THAT BIG IN 3 YEARS ... ?!

lvlz26 lvlz26
9.00

This is another sad story about two lovers separated by distance similar to 5 centimeters per second. This was a very good movie and worth watching if you liked 5 centimeters per second or if you like sad movies.

Taavi Taavi
9.25

A masterful creation by Makoto Shinkai and predecessor of Five Centimeters per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days is definitely worth watching. As it is his first major anime work, it is a bit raw. It is, however, still emotional and touching, nothing can change that. The art is noteworthy, as always.

Glukogen Glukogen
9.00

An unusual view of the existence of parallel worlds (from that very parallel world). The strength of feelings and promises they do not differ in truth. And even children's dreams can be fateful. In addition to stories graphic of course makes me happy. I am especially impressed by the dream world and the tower (it is due to thrill and sometimes even fear)

ghost945 ghost945
8.75

great graphics. great songs. great sound effects. not so great the plot, elements of story sounds a bit weird to me. seiyuu just a bit off for characters. guess production team wanted to keep costs to minimum as afterall this is an almost one-man production. highly praised his solo effort in creating this. the artistics quality of his work probably will remain high in many years to come.

minayuri minayuri
9.00

My first Makoto Shinkai film I've watched, his style of filmaking is quite interesting with a compelling story. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a great film depicting a wonderful world filled with mystery and romance. I'll definitely check out more of Shinkai's other works from liking this truly beautiful movie.

e1ectric e1ectric
5.00

I remember watching this many years ago and thinking it was a so-so movie. I didn't understand it (at that time), and I can barley recall what even happened in the movie. I do remember not being able to understand why or even what specifically they were fighting, or why they had to blow up some really big tower (I suppose that was a spoiler, however my memory of the movie is so vague that I don't really care).

vitaamin vitaamin
10.00

I didn't have time to watch the whole movie in one sitting, but from beginning to end, it seemed to ache of longing and loss. With a tint of slice-of-life feeling coupled with stellar animation, Kumo no Mukou is truly a masterpiece.

Set in a divided Japan, the animators paid detailed attention to the setting which drives the emotional aspects of the story. Slow paced, the story lends itself to reflection in its silence.

As Kumo no Mukou is only an OVA, there is not a significant amount of development. At times some of the specifics (scientific etc.) are skimmed over. But it never feels too rushed, and what confusion viewers may feel is overcome by the irresistible lull of its undefinable beauty.

After it's end, there's no aspect of the story that really stood out, but the powerful storytelling makes this OVA truly unforgettable.

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