Tales from Earthsea: anime review

Title: Tales from Earthsea
Genre: fantasy
Released date: July 29, 2006
Director: Goro Miyazaki
Animated by: Studio Ghibli
Comment: First of all, I am Le Guin’s fan. I read and enjoyed many of her books including the classic Earthsea series. So it’s impossible for me to watch this anime adaptation without comparing it to the books. Because the anime was produced by Studio Ghibli, It was quite reasonable to set my expectation high before watching it and I was greatly disappointed. The weakest part of the anime was the script which tried to include too many plot lines into single movie. There was the story of price Arren who was haunted by his own shadow, Therru the orphan with burn scar on her face, Sparrowhawk the arc mage who was on a journey to restore the balance of the world and Cob the evil wizard who tried to gain eternal life. All these stories were too rushed that all the details and magic where left out. The visuals and music were the only things that met studio Ghibli’s standard. The anime was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki. Conclusion: This was a decent anime but when compared to other Ghibli’s film it became a dark spot in the studio’s record.
Rating: C

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