The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Dreams, parallell worlds, broken promises, expectations and hope. Add beautiful music and stunning animation and you haveΒ The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

In this story Soviet Union is occupying the northern island Ezo (Hokkaido) while the rest of Japan is controlled by America. When the second world war was over in the 70s the union started to build a high tower, a tower that seems to reach beyond the clouds and further out. Fast forward to the beginning of this movie in the middle of the 90s; three friends, all fascinated by this tower.


Two boys in 9th grade; Takuya and Hiroki, are building an airplane, all for the sake of one day reaching that tower. Their curiosity and need to find out what the tower is, overshadow everything else in their lives and every second of their free time they spend on building that plane, a plane they get parts to by working at a military plant. The owner, mr Okabe helps them out as much as he can, he himself interested in the tower for different reasons.

One girl; Sayuri, asks Takuya if she can come with them one day and after that the three are always together, the boys building and she reading or exploring the surrounding and occasionally she falls asleep and dreams. She dreams a lot about strange things.

This is not one of those weird dreams of hers.

Winter turns to spring, that turns into summer. One day Sayuri is gone. Vanished without a word. Both boys loose the will to carry out the mission without her, years pass by and they get separated; Hiroki moves to Tokyo to attend high school while Takuya starts to work at a research facility researching parallell worlds. The research is closely connected to the tower.

The tower is a threat, opening time rifts into parallell worlds, it can cause a total collapse on Ezo and likely the rest of Japan as well. Only one thing stops it from growing; a sleeping girl and her never ending dreams.

Hiroki, Takuya and Sayuri will reunite again, in some way. They all have something precious they want to save. But as always, there are obstacles in the way, war being one thing. The sleeping girls dreams another. Not everything is even possible to save.


It is a beautiful tale about friendship and love. About the curiosity within the youth and the importance of a promise. It is a bittersweet ending. I cried like a little child when the credits rolled for the things that were lost and for the words that were said. It was so hopeful, yet so sad.

The music is absolutely amazing and brilliant. I’d say that this OST is one of the better ones I have heard. It is so very adequate for the theme of the movie and every little detail in the animation ties in with the music beautifully. Also, I am a sucker for a lonely violin and both Sayuri and Hiroki plays the violin. (click on the picture and you’ll get to the full OST on YouTube)


I’m gonna mention here that I watched the dub (because that was what I stumbled upon yesterday when I browsed around). I usually don’t like dubs but this had a really good dub and it was actually a good feeling to watch something dubbed for once. I could concentrate fully on the picture. Notice all the little changes and listen properly to the music. In a movie like this I feel like that is important. I had one less thing to bother with when watching the dub. So, maybe I should watch more dubbed anime? At least when it comes to movies.

Well, this one turned into a more serious review than usually. It deserves it. Watch the movie people, it is worth it all the way to anywhere above the clouds where that tower ends. (I doubt it will end though seeing what it’s purpose is but still.) It’s on YouTube. (and apparently on Crunchyroll unless you live in a country, like me, where you can’t access it.)

38 thoughts on “The Place Promised in Our Early Days

  1. Who are you and what have you done with Lina? Sorry just had to go there. This definitely was the most serious review you have written since I have known you…but it was very, very good. And don’t say that is not the case, because it was. I am also like you I don’t have acces to this. Serious why is so much stuff unavailable for us….it makes me cry 😭😭😭 But this really sounds very cool. I’m not going to be seeing it I think for the upcoming days. Currently watching some small little movie called Alien…because there was this girl that thought it would be nice to write a review for that film…..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    All joking aside…great post for a film that I really want to go and check out!…decided to unpack my keyboard anyway….so this this is now my first comment that I am writing on hyperspeed!!!! πŸ’ͺ

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    1. Lina doesn’t live here anymore. She left just moments before this post was uploaded. If you are in need of contacting her she can be reached in the third dimension, parallell to the fifth in the upper world of the lower dimension of the tenth rift of the time space continuum. I wish you all the best.


      1. Oh god….😱😱😭😭😭😭 I was afraid of that….I can’t track her there. Because I only have acces to the second dimension parallel to the fourth in the lower world of the upper dimension of the ninth rift of the time space continuum. That means….I’m going to be closing down my blog at this point. It’s just not any more fun now. I wish you all the best too…I would also recommend a name change, as otherwise it might become a bit too confusing for readers.

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      2. There will not be a change in names. This is now an established trade mark and cannot be changed. TinyUglyAnimalℒ️ and Linaℒ️ was left to us along with all its content on all social platforms when the blogger formerly know as Lina left this dimension. If you have any complaints you can contact our customer service on msn (see link below). They have their chat line open on Wednesdays between 14.05 and 14.03.

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      3. Haha, that just cracked me up.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thanks I needed that a good laugh today.
        But as Lina has now left this dimension…who am I talking to right now? I demand an answer. Else I am forced to file a complaint to the WordPress community for copyright infringements. Also…your reply may we forwarded to my helping hand and my new secretary: Lechim…my evil twin clone from the dimension also known as “snail in the eye”. We unfortunately don’t have a customer service, as we don’t believe in service. I’m hoping for an answer in about 1 minute else I am forced to take matters that you may not like.
        Lechim? I am out of here…you take care of business okay? πŸ™„

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      4. This is an automated reply. You cannot reply to this automated reply. Any attempts will blow up your entire universe as well as the neighboring ones. Your demands have been denied.

        Initiate count down.
        10, 9, 8…

        Missiles are a go

        7, 6, 5…

        You better go hide you imposter.

        (oh wait, you blamed me for being an imposter? You have some nerve you lowly snail person thingy twin clone. You deserve a snail bomb.)

        4, 3 … 🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌

        (consider yourself snailed!! Bam!!)

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      5. Haha..seriously I just spiled my drink here after reading this comment πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Luckily it didn’t go over my new keyboard. It did however made your snail bomb a little bit wet. So…it didn’t go off ….
        Seriously did anyone ever tell you that you just have a seriously cool sense of humour.
        Hmm….by the wait what happened to the countdown of 2, 1? Did the snail bomb get launched to soon?
        But….remember…all attempts to launch snail/sneak attacks at me will be prevented by my tentacle shield. βœ‹

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      6. The count down was overridden by our most impulsive commander in chief (seriously, she should not have access to any codes or even the secret war room or even Twitter, but please don’t tell her that I…. Ow, fuck, shit…) (What did you say you little underling? Grovel before my feet, you little pebble. Kiss my feet, insect. That’s right, beg for my forgiveness. Oh, we have a visitor… Oh, it’s you.)

        Snails are good that way, they like it a little wet. It only charges them severalfold. Snail attack commence in 3, 2, 1…. Launch! 🐌 ———-> 🀯

        (I’m only funny with the right people. 😎 )

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      7. Tentacle shields are up commander: we have an incoming snail attack vectors 666, bearing 666. What’s that? They are extra charged because they are wet? Increase full power to tentacle shield and don’t let them get through…
        Sorry…have to go…seems some off the snails got through and are crawling up people’s eyes…
        Snailguns….check…snailswords..check…once more into the breach my friends..
        If I don’t make it back: it was nice knowing you 😊😊
        Haha…well you keep being that way…then I will try to keep my serious level down to a minimum as well πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      8. I do not understand this word you are talking about, this “serious”- What is this? Explain to me in minus 5 words using the cyrillic alphabet. In case of failure there will be nuclear snails coming your way. β˜„οΈ

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      9. Okay…I did some techncial research on the comment above…until I found an app that allowed me to write in cyrillic..but I read it too fast, thought i could only use five letters…it was five words so here it goes again: Π•Ρ€ΡˆsΒ Ρ†Ρ„sΒ Ρ‹Β Π°Ρ‚nΠ½Β Π΄Ρ‰Π΄
        Now…I have answered…if you fail to decipher these words be prepared for nuclear tentacle attack at 12 hours sharp…countdown commencing……now…mark…..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      10. There will be no attacks since you thought it was so funny you even lol:ed at me. You will now die a horrible snail death! DIE!! Support from the air by air born penguins with bazookas.

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      11. ” Commander!!! ” This is directed at me. (Yes they say I am a commander…yup..that’s me alright πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ).
        ” Commander they launched nuclear snails at us, with support by penguins with bazookas..what will we do…?? We are so doomed!! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ”
        Me: totally relaxed: ” Oh Asta? Can you do a little screaming for us? ”
        And….crisis averted. Sometimes life can be so simple 😊😊😊

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      12. “Son, you shut the fuck up and come down from there immediately.”

        You go Magna, tell him who’s the boss.

        “Baby boy, sister Mary is here to see you. You better listen to mommy now.”

        Attack back in full swing…. 🐌 🐧 🐌

        “Asta, you are getting a good spanking when we get home.”

        “Yes mommy.”

        “Yeah baby, me too.”

        “For fuck’s sake Magna, not infront of the child.”

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      13. Haha…oh my god, seriously this comment is going to haunt me tonight at that dinner…spanking Asta ughhhhhh!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Damn it…now I have to do something about that attack though….superdupersuperduper tentacleshakershield up…that should hold those nasty nuclear snails back….mwoehahaha…and now…I get to work at that counterattack.
        There should be some spanking involved at least..hmmm…got a whole dinnernight to thing about that one….πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆ

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      14. Still waiting here… Asta’s butt is getting sore. Magna is enjoying this a little too much. But, he is getting whiny about having to wait for his spanking. I told him he couldn’t have one until after you have made your next move so you better hurry up. Or do you yield? Because, I have stuff to do… involving Magna and a whip (one of those soft ones you can use on the more sensitive areas where most men doesn’t really want to be whipped. But Magna, oh boy my man Magna loves a little rough handling… )

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      15. Hahaha…oh my god…this is getting out of hand again πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        But…I never yield…never I say!! But erm…how about a draw? We could just do that, and be friends again? You could get to that whip and the softness combined with roughness again…and I could get back to erm….well…erm…*censored….*…
        Wordpress has excercised it’s right to put an censorship on this comment as it wasn’t fit to be published. For a full excerpt of this we direct you to the rules you can find under section 10, chapter, parargraph A, subsection 56, line 32.

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  2. I have been intrigued by this title for a while but I’m afraid it will be sad. There something haunting about it and it comes through so well in this post. Now I really want to see it and I’m really scared I’ll cry…

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    1. It is a very beautiful movie but you are right, the feeling is a bit haunting. And yes, I am not gonna lie, it is sad, but there is also hope. It is a strange feeling, I can’t properly explain it. I think this is one of those movies you need to see to understand just what that feeling is.

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  3. Wow! Definitely a serious and dramatic post! I NEED TO WATCH THIS!! it looks amazing! Some of the shots you posted look almost Miyazaki, which I love! By the sounds of it I’m going to need an entire box of tissues near me.. I usually steer away from really sad stuff because I (although, I will punch anyone who tries to say so).. Am a crier. Bad genes. I blame my mother. She passed on some sort of eye-leaking disease. But, your description and reaction to this was so amazing that I MUST see it!!

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    1. It is amazing and so worth all the tears in the world. 😊

      (eye-leaking disease πŸ˜‚ That’s what I’m gonna blame the next time I sit here and sob when the end credits roll and my hubby comes walking in and asks me what I do. Because I never cry. Nope, I am not a crier. *cough cough* *total denial*)

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      1. You’re welcome. It is a great movie. It’s such a shame that it never got re-licensed after ADV folded. I recently bought a used DVD copy on eBay when I watched it and reviewed it on one of my blogs.

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      2. Sure thing. I wish someone would rescue the license for this movie. I’m surprised that 5cm Per Second got re-licensed, but not The Place Promised or Voices of a Distant Star. That’s not a knock against 5cm since it’s a good movie, but you would think more of Shinkai’s older works would’ve been rescued by now given the existence of Your Name.

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      3. I was actually thinking that seeing as Your Name is such a success someone would be interested in The Place now but apparently not. Or is there something else that hinders it from getting re-licensed? I don’t really know anything about that world at all.

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      4. You would think so, but I’m not sure why no one picked it up yet. I hope it’s not because of anime fans turning down “older” series or movies as they focus on the latest shows. It certainly costs money to license something, but I know whoever regains the rights will make their money back and all they would have to do is mention “from the creator of Your Name” on the DVD or Blu-ray (that movie would look AWESOME in that format) and they’ll certainly get paid!

        Interestingly enough I made a little rant about that issue at the end of my review of The Place Promised.

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      5. Oh, I read that review yesterday! It’s such a good review. I didn’t connect you to that blog. Now I follow both.

        I think that if the fans just found out who did it they would watch it. Sometimes a name (no pun intended) is all it takes. I mean, Your Name is a little bit of a Yuri!!! on Ice case, the whole world suddenly discovered anime and how good it can actually be. Not only people who regularly watch and love anime watched it. So, I think that a movie like The Place could very well sell to the regular person as well, if it only got the chance.

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      6. You read that review? Nice! Thank you! I’m glad you liked my thoughts on it. Yeah, I have 4 blogs where I cover different subjects. Ospreyshire is actually my musical moniker, but I use Iridium Eye to review lesser-known movies, indie films, world cinema, anime, non-mainstream Western animation, documentaries, and short films. I use it as a platform to give exposure to (mostly) obscure media. Thanks for following those pages!

        I certainly agree with you. One follower wanted to check out The Place Promised after mentioning it in passing in my Your Name review since both movies involve parallel universes and timelines. That’s certainly true about a name selling a certain movie or series to people for better or worse. I’m not too familiar with Yuri!!! on Ice (I do know what it’s about though), but I think I see where you’re coming from. The Place Promised could certainly appeal to some normal people and I know an audience can take the movie seriously with the animation, characters, and the storyline.

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