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Tales from Earthsea Movie (2006)
ゲド戦記 (Gedo Senki)

Synopsis

Ged, the most powerful wizard in Earthsea attempts to protect Prince Arren from the evil machinations of rival wizard Cob. Together with Therru, a young girl he rescues from slave takers, Arren must unite with Ged to defeat Cob and return balance to their world.
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Demographic

Language

Premiered

July 29, 2006

Run-time

minutes

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Music
Visual
World building

Cons

Plot
Slow-pace

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Overview

The film Tales from Earthsea is based on a combination of plot and character elements from the first four books of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu), as well as the manga The Journey of Shuna by Hayao Miyazaki. The film’s title is named from the collection of short stories, Tales from Earthsea, made in 2001. The plot was “entirely different” according to the author Ursula K. Le Guin, who told director Gorō Miyazaki, “It is not my book. It is your movie. It is a good movie”, although she later expressed her disappointment with the result. A film comic adaptation of the film has been published in Japan.

Alternative titles

– Ged Senki: Tales from Earthsea
– TALES from EARTHSEA
– ゲド戦記 TALES from EARTHSEA
– Contos de Terramar
– Cuentos de Terramar
– Die Chroniken von Erdsee
– I Racconti di Terramare
– Legender Från Övärlden
– Les contes de Terremer
– Maameren tarinat
– Meremaa lood
– Opowieści z Ziemiomorza
– Yerdeniz Öyküleri
– Žemjūrės pasakos
– Сказания Земноморья
– הקוסם מארץ ים
– Földtenger varázslója
– Legenden om Jordhavet
– Příběhy ze Zeměmoří
– Приказки от Землемория
– Хроніки Геда
– 地海戰記
– 게드전기
– Ged`in Savaş Günlükleri
– Ged`s War Chronicles
– Gedo Senki
– Gedo Senki Ιστορίες απο την Γαιοθάλασσα
– Магьосникът от Землемория
– Повісті Земномор’я
– Ged Senki
– gedosen
– gedsen
– ゲド戦

TL;DR Review

Tales from Earthsea (Japanese: ゲド戦記 Hepburn: Gedo Senki, literally Ged’s War Chronicles) is a 2006 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli.

Gorō Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, made his debut as a director in this film.

The illustration is elegant and gorgeous at times, as you would expect from Studio Ghibli. It is very reminiscent of the style of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The background music and audio are just as grand.

Despite the wonderful animation, ambiance, and composition, the film failed to grab my attention. This is likely due to its slow pacing and flat casts. Though I do find Ged interesting, his character alone isn’t enough to keep my engagement.

The plot also feels a bit disjointed, as we are introduced to many subplots that never got explained or resolved. Why were the two dragons fighting at the beginning? Why did Cob stab his father and stole the sword? It feels like you need to have read the book before starting the movie.

I can’t say this is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli films. All the elements are there and I should have loved it. It got dragons, magic, fantasy, beautiful art, and epic score. But alas it was a rather forgettable movie. I did watch this movie twice and didn’t remember I saw it already.

The film is still good, maybe a bit slow and not all that inspiring. Watch this film when you’re winding down and not looking for something too deep. Tales from Earthsea is intended for young teens.

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Music

Closing Theme

– “Toki no Uta” by Teshima Aoi

Insert/Image Theme

– “Therru no Uta” by Teshima Aoi

Credits

Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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