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Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

Film Mini-Review
by  on July 15, 2014
Films
Overview
Title

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

Alternate Title

Hottarake no Shima: Haruka to Mahō no Kagami

Developer

Production I.G.
Toei Animation

Publisher

Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Funimation Entertainment (North America)

Based On

Direct to Film

Format

DVD (Australia)
DVD + Blu-ray (North America)

Audio Languages

English, Japanese

Subtitle Languages

English

Classification

G, with the suggestion that some scenes may scare young children

Special Thanks

Madman Entertainment for providing a copy of Oblivion Island for the purpose of this review.

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Positives

- A simple, all-ages friendly experience that offers a pleasant storyline from start to finish.

- Nice anime-style, 3D visuals with no major noticeable flaws.

- A solid English voice cast, with highlights including Cassandra Lee (Kyuubey - Puella Magi Madoka Magica) as Teo and Patrick Seitz (Laxus - Fairy Tail) as the Baron.

- As with most major anime films, a tonne of extra content!

Negatives

- It is just that, a simple, all-ages friendly experience that unfortunately does not stand out from the latest films by Studio Ghibli. Could have stood to be a bit more ambitious.

- Only available on DVD in Australia, while North America has it on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Rating
Our Rating
Storyline / Character Development
C
Design
B
Music / Voice Acting
C+
Extras
A
Personal Opinion
B-
The Quick Brief

16-year-old Haruka is on a mission to find her mirror—a precious childhood gift from her late mother that has disappeared. On her search, she follows a strange foxlike creature to Oblivion Island, a mystical world overflowing with once-cherished items taken from their neglectful owners. Trouble follows Haruka and her new friend Teo at every turn as they contend with the island’s overbearing ruler, who will stop at nothing to use the mirror for his own sinister plan!

This internationally acclaimed feature film blends Japanese folklore and storybook charm reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland into an exhilarating tale sure to amaze animation fans of all ages.

C+
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Sam
Your average, perhaps slightly geeky 23 year old University student who spends his days studying but his nights watching, reviewing and reporting on video games, anime and manga. Has been writing for The Otaku's Study ever since it opened in 2006 as Sam's Anime Study.
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