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Hal (2013)

Haru (original title)
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A humanoid robot is asked to replace Hal, who was killed in a terrible accident, in order help Hal's girlfriend move on in life, but struggles to understand the real Hal's past and the meaning of being alive.

Director:

Ryôtarô Makihara (as Ryoutarou Makihara)

Writer:

Izumi Kizara
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yoshimasa Hosoya ... Hal (voice)
Yôko Hikasa Yôko Hikasa ... Kurumi (voice)
Mamoru Miyano ... Ryuu (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... Tokio (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Aranami (voice)
Rin Mizuhara Rin Mizuhara ... Tsukiko (voice) (as Ako Mayama)
Hikari Yono Hikari Yono ... Rumiko (voice)
Uko Tachibana Uko Tachibana ... Erika (voice)
Shôko Tsuda Shôko Tsuda ... Mami (voice)
Ikki Ikki ... Nepali (voice)
Kanami Satô Kanami Satô ... Megane (voice)
Hiroki Gotô Hiroki Gotô ... Maru (voice)
Arisa Nishiguchi Arisa Nishiguchi ... Hat (voice)
Ryô Kuratomi Ryô Kuratomi ... Ryuu's Friend (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felecia Angelle Felecia Angelle ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

The story takes place in a technologically advanced society in which robots can be programmed to behave like a complete human. A robot is asked to replace Hal, who died in an accident, to help Kurumi, Hal's girlfriend move on in life. "Hal" struggles to understand the real Hal's past, Kurumi's affections towards Hal as well as the meaning of being alive. Written by Anonymous

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Lose yourself in an artificial love story. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 June 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

If the wish was written on the cubes while they were completely solved, solving only one side would reveal a jumbled message. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the final credits, there is a glimpse of Kurumi's hiding spot with new sentimental objects. See more »

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A Clever, Touching Story on Robot Rehab
24 December 2013 | by maximkongSee all my reviews

To quote Wiki's summary, Hal movie's story takes place in a technologically advanced society in which robots can be programmed to behave like a complete human. A robot is asked to replace "Hal", who died in an accident, to help Kurumi, Hal's girlfriend move on in life. "Hal" struggles to understand the real Hal's past, Kurumi's affections towards Hal as well as the meaning of being alive.

To me, this is one of the more memorable sci-fi movies of 2013. The film does not appear to be particularly emotional and easy to watch. But it has its touching moments. What I like about this movie is it paints a very realistic approach on robot rehab (even though it is not a commercially viable technology at this time).

Much of my rating is skewed towards the greatest magic which lies in its very successful twist. Because that twist made this movie stood out amongst many other movies touching on rehab topics out there. Still, considering the subject matter, the movie is far from perfect, at least in my opinion knowing that the director had been involved in many other high profile anime works in the past (like Place promised in our early days, Attack on Titans etc)


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