|Directed by||Ryōtarō Makihara|
|Produced by||Jouji Wada|
|Written by||Izumi Kizara|
|Music by||Michiru Oshima|
|Edited by||Aya Hida|
Hal (ハル Haru) is a 2013 Japanese animated film directed by Ryōtarō Makihara. At the 2013 Anime Expo convention Funimation announced that they had acquired rights for a North American release.
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.
|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|
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."
- "Strobe Edge's Sakisaka Designs Romance Anime Film Haru". Anime News Network. December 7, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
- "Near-Future Romance Anime Film Hal's Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- "Funimation Adds Hal, Cyborg 009: Re-Cyborg Films". Anime News Network. July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Martin, Theron (November 29, 2014). "Hal BD+DVD - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
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