Hal (film)

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Hal
Japanese ハル
Hepburn Haru
Directed by Ryōtarō Makihara
Produced by Jouji Wada
Written by Izumi Kizara
Music by Michiru Oshima
Cinematography Koji Tanaka
Edited by Aya Hida
Production
company
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • June 8, 2013 (2013-06-08)
Running time
60 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Hal (ハル, Haru) is a 2013 Japanese animated film directed by Ryōtarō Makihara.[1][2] At the 2013 Anime Expo convention Funimation announced that they had acquired rights for a North American release.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

The story takes place in a technologically advanced society in which robots can be programmed to behave like a complete human. After a tragic plane accident, a robot, also known as Q01, is sent to a small Japanese town to help a person who just lost a loved one. While trying to heal the melancholic heart, the past of the couple is unearthed.

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese English
Hal Yoshimasa Hosoya Chris Burnett
Kurumi Yōko Hikasa Bryn Apprill
Ryu Mamoru Miyano Todd Haberkorn
Aranami Shinpachi Tsuji Bill Flynn
Tokio Tamio Ōki Grant James
Tsukiko Ako Mayama Pam Dougherty
Erika U-ko Tachibana Juli Erickson
Rumiko Yono Hikari Linda Leonard
Mami Shōko Tsuda Laurie Steele
Nepalese Ikki Mike McFarland

Reception[edit]

Theron Martin of Anime News Network gave the film a B+ rating. In his review, he felt the film wasn't long enough to deliver its emotional impact but did give credit to its soft and understated score, quality artistic effort and well-casted English dub, concluding that "If you're looking for a low-key romantic tale and don't mind a big chunk of gimmickry, this one should fit the bill."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strobe Edge's Sakisaka Designs Romance Anime Film Haru". Anime News Network. December 7, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Near-Future Romance Anime Film Hal's Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Funimation Adds Hal, Cyborg 009: Re-Cyborg Films". Anime News Network. July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Martin, Theron (November 29, 2014). "Hal BD+DVD - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 

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