• Jamie Morris

Weekend Pick: Children of the Sea (2019)

A still from Children of the Sea
Credit: Toho

There’s no shortage of anime set at the seaside, but few tackle the theme with as much ambition as Children of the Sea, which had its UK Blu-ray debut on 8 March.

Based on the manga of the same name and directed by Ayumu Watanabe, the film quickly shifts gears from a traditional coming-of-age tale to an almost entirely philosophical narrative when protagonist Ruka meets two orphaned boys who were allegedly raised by dugongs.

What follows is an exploration of life and loss through opulent visuals accompanied by a similarly terrific score from famed composer Joe Hisaishi.

Much like Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, the plot takes a back seat as the beauty of nature becomes the primary vehicle for relaying the film’s themes.

It’s a case where what you get out is relative to what you put in—only dip your toes in, and you won’t appreciate its full depths.

Children of the Sea is available on DVD and Blu-ray.