Hal | ハル Animezing


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A mixture of emotions bod sad and uplifting…I love the music, loved the animation, loved the artwork.

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From the studio behind Attack on Titan comes the directorial debut of a bold, new voice in the world of anime.

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

Starring Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yoko Hikasa, Mamoru Miyano



A Tokyo native, Aya Hida began her editing career with GONZO, an animation studio, before becoming independent. She has been an editor on such animated films as Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006), Psychic School Wars (2012), Hal (2013) Empire of Corpses (2015), Knights of Sidonia (2015), and I’ve Always Liked You (2016). She has also worked on such series as Death Note (2006-2007), Highschool of the Dead (2010), Seitokai yakuindomo (2010), Luck & Logic (2016), and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2016).

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