GKIDS Will Bring First Anime Makoto Shinkai Movies To Blu-ray In June

Some classics of the director Makoto Shinkai are on their way to Blu-ray in June. GKIDS announced plans to release three new Blu-ray editions of some of its acclaimed early projects, including those from 2004 The place promised at our beginnings2007 5 centimeters per second and 2011 The children who hunt the lost voices.

There are actually five ongoing projects in total, as the shorts Voice from a distant star and Her and her cat will debut on Blu-ray as part of the 5 centimeters per second Release. All of these must be released in North America on June 7.

Check out the covers and a preview of the bonus features for each:

Bonus Features:

  • Interviews with Japanese voices
  • Interview with director Makoto Shinkai
  • Trailer collection


Makoto Shinkai’s first feature film, The place promised at our beginnings is a beautiful and haunting story of friendship and loss, with stunning visuals and an emotional approach to sci-fi that would become the director’s trademark. In an alternate post-war Japan, three teenagers become obsessed with a mysterious tower across the Union border, which stretches far into the sky. Hiroki and Takuya are working on a makeshift plane, which they promise their friend Sayuri they will use to visit the tower together one day, but she disappears before it’s finished. Several years later, the tower suddenly activates, triggering a phenomenon that threatens the world. And the young men now discover that their longtime friend, Sayuri, may hold the key to it all…

The place promised at our beginnings won Best Anime Film at Mainichi Film Award, Silver Award at Fantasia Film Festival, and Expressive Technique Award at Tokyo International Anime Fair.

Bonus Features:

  • Voice from a distant star short film
  • Feature Storyboard (5 centimeters per second)
  • Interview with Shinkai (5 centimeters per second)
  • Interview with the cast
  • Musical clip
  • Trailers
  • Her and her cat short film
  • Interview with Makoto Shinkai (Voice from a distant star)
  • Scenarios (Voice from a distant star)
  • Trailer Collection


Young love, failed relationships and unrequited feelings collide in a romance by Makoto Shinkai. Told in three vignettes, 5 centimeters per second: a string of short stories about their distance explores the joys and heartbreak of falling in love against the backdrop of the jaw-dropping visuals that define Shinkai’s work. Takaki yearns to fulfill Akari’s childhood crush, but their two families drift apart before the feelings can fully blossom. They stay in touch, but end up drifting away from school and new friends to distract them. Throughout the seasons, Takaki navigates his relationships while being haunted by all the things he didn’t say with Akari, his first love. Also included Voice from a distant starMakoto Shinkai’s directorial debut, available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America. 5 centimeters per second won Best Animated Feature at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Bonus Features:

  • Audio commentary with Shinkai and staff
  • Interviews with staff and actors
  • Manufacture of The children who hunt the lost voices
  • Japanese promotional video
  • Japanese trailers
  • Works by Makoto Shinkai


Children who hunt lost voices from the depths is an epic fantasy adventure in a world of ancient gods. Asuna is an introvert who prefers to spend her time listening to a radio left behind by her deceased father. One day, she hears a strange song that resonates in her heart like nowhere else. This leads to a chance encounter with a mysterious boy, who transports Asuna to Agartha, a land of legend where the dead can be brought back to life. Driven by the song and the boy, Asuna travels through the mythical lands, but hostile warriors and horrific creatures will stop at nothing to prevent Asuna from discovering the secrets of their world. The children who hunt the lost voices was nominated for Best Feature Film at Annecy and winner of Best Art Direction at the Tokyo Anime Award.

Source: press release


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