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Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 24

Naruto Shippuden Set 24 includes episodes 297-309 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options available for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 24

Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Set 24 continues the story of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and immediately opens with the battle between Gaara and the reanimated version of his father. The first episode in the set goes into a little more backstory for Gaara, and the viewer finally learns the truth about certain things that had been said in Gaara’s flashbacks from the first Naruto anime. I really enjoyed this particular episode, and to me, it was the best one to appear in this set.

Naruto also has a fateful encounter with a reanimated Itachi Uchiha. Important revelations and events happen during the two episodes that feature this part of the story, and this helped to make this my second favorite thing to see while watching the episodes included in this set.

The next six episodes continue to progress the story of the Fourth Great Ninja War. This includes the reanimation of the Sound Ninja Four, who are out for revenge against the Leaf Shinobi who defeated them during the original Naruto anime. The rematch is interesting, and the stakes are even higher than they were originally. I thought this was a great nod to the series’ past, and the pacing for this battle was perfect.

There are also two episodes that see a reanimated Hayate Gekko having to attack his Leaf Village comrades and encountering his lover, Yugao. These episodes provided some great backstory for Yugao, and also allowed the viewer to see what had happened behind the scenes in the original series that ultimately led up to Hayate’s death. These two episodes would be my third favorite thing to see while watching this set.

There’s an episode that shows Neji and Hinata in the middle of a battle, and Hinata reminisces about something that would have taken place during the first Naruto series. While this was a nice story, it was obviously filler material. And to be honest, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Hinata to be remembering this event in the middle of a battle because you’d think she’d want to focus on the fighting that’s going on around her instead.

The final episode in the set is very obvious filler material. Naruto appears on the battlefield and recognizes a reanimated samurai, which leads into a flashback of how Naruto met this man. Unfortunately, this story doesn’t finish in this episode, so Set 25 will be continuing with this flashback. But not only is this obvious filler, this story also ignores things that have been established in canon material that was seen earlier on in Naruto Shippuden. By far, this episode was my least favorite on this set, and I’m not looking forward to continuing this particular story when I’m able to watch Set 25.

Naruto Shippuden Set 24 isn’t a bad release when it comes to the episodes, but there are a couple of things that weaken it a little. If the Neji and Hinata flashback and the final episode on the set hadn’t been included, I would have said that this was a very strong release. But the emotional aspects for the Gaara and Yugao storylines do help to make up for those weaknesses to some extent.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are five bonus features. First are the storyboards for a section of Episode 297, “A Father’s Hope, A Mother’s Love” (but on the disc, the storyboards are mislabeled as being from Episode 277). Next is the art gallery, which includes six pages of line art of the new characters that were introduced in this set. Next, there are “clean” versions of both of the openings and both of the endings that appeared on the episodes in this set.  There are three versions of the clean openings and endings included: a version without any text, a version with English subtitles, and a version with Romaji subtitles. There are also English credits, along with trailers for other properties that VIZ Media was promoting at the time this set was released.

Naruto Shippuden Set 24 is worth it for the Gaara, Itachi, and Yugao stories. You can skip the Hinata flashback and the final episode on the set and not really miss out on anything.

Anime DVD Review: Chi’s Sweet Home

Chi’s Sweet Home is a DVD set that collects together all 104 of the three minute anime shorts. The shorts are available in Japanese with English subtitles. The first four shorts have also been dubbed into English, and are included on the set as a bonus feature.

Chi’s Sweet Home

English Publisher: Eastern Star
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2015

Chi’s Sweet Home focuses on a kitten that ends up separated from her mother while they’re out and becomes lost. She is found by a little boy named Yohei Yamada and his mother, and they take the kitten home in order to take care of it. Thanks to circumstances going on with the Yamadas, the kitten comes to think that her name is Chi.  The Yamads love Chi, but there’s a problem: they live in an apartment complex where cats and dogs aren’t allowed.

Yohei’s parents intended to take care of Chi long enough until they could find someone who could take her in. Unfortunately, none of their friends or acquaintances can take Chi. Since Yohei and his parents have become so attached to her, they decide to keep Chi but trying to hide her existence from the superintendent of the building. But Chi is a naturally curious kitten, so trying to keep her hidden is no easy task. Complications arise when Chi is able to get outside and make friends with an older black cat named Blackie.

The shorts for Chi’s Sweet Home may only three minutes in length, but sometimes, a lot can happen during that short amount of time. As I watched the shorts, there were a lot of stories that I recognized from the manga; but there were also some stories that I’m pretty sure were created specifically for the anime.

The animation in the Chi’s Sweet Home shorts perfectly captures Chi’s cuteness and expressions from the manga. The voice actress cast for Chi is a perfect fit for the role, and she sounds believable as a young kitten. I never thought that she sounded like she was forcing her voice to sound that cute.

Even though the main characters of the series include a young cat and a young boy, the shorts don’t feel like they’re being targeted to that young of an audience. I’m a 40-year-old woman, and I enjoyed watching them as much as my 11-year-old daughter did.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the only bonus feature are the four English dubbed shorts. After watching these dubbed shorts, I can see why they only dubbed the first four. Most of the voice actors that were cast really didn’t work. The voice actress for Chi sounded like she was trying too hard to sound cute and small, which is such a stark difference from the Japanese voice actress. Also, the voice actor for Yohei in the English dub made him sound too old. From what’s seen in Chi’s Sweet Home, Yohei appears to be around four years old. However, the English dub actor made him sound like a 10-year-old, and it just doesn’t work for the character. I also thought the dub actress for Yohei’s mother sounded like she was constantly talking down to everyone, including her husband. In my opinion, the English dub wasn’t enjoyable.

If you’re a fan of the Chi’s Sweet Home manga, then you’ll want to see the anime adaptation because it perfectly captures the cuteness of its source material. Audiences, both young and old, will enjoy Chi’s Sweet Home if they’re fans of animal stories.

Anime Blu-ray Review: Log Horizon Collection 1

Log Horizon Collection 1 includes the first 13 episodes of the Log Horizon television anime series. This release has both an English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles; however, it should be noted that the subtitles on this release are different from the subtitles used for the Crunchyroll simulcast. The Blu-ray is 1080p High Definition with a 16×9 aspect ratio.

Log Horizon Collection 1

English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: November 25, 2014

Log Horizon tells the tale of what happens when players of an MMORPG game mysteriously find themselves actually inside the game. The game in question is called Elder Tale, and the mysterious event takes place when its 12th expansion, “Novasphere Pioneers,” is added.

The main character is Shiroe, who the audience follows from the time he discovers that he’s in the game. During the first episode, Shiroe meets with four other players from the game: Naotsugu, Akatsuki, Marielle, and Henrietta. Marielle and Henrietta are both members of the Crescent Moon Alliance.

Shiroe and the others end up being asked by the Crescent Moon Alliance for help. A girl named Serara was sent to Susukino on the Day of the Apocalypse and hasn’t returned; they have heard that she was attacked by a Player Killer but was saved by a good player and is now protected by this good player. When they rescue Serara, Shiroe discovers the good player is Nyanta, an old friend of Shiroe’s.

The adventurers start learning how to make the food in the world that actually has flavor; they also begin interacting with the non-player characters (known in the game as “People of the Land”) and realize that the People of the Land have interesting backstories that were never revealed while they played the game.

Shiroe and his friends learn about the trouble that’s been brewing in Akihabara, the town they have been staying at. The various guilds have fallen into ranks, with bigger guilds determining the town’s feel and rules, as well as priority for the market and hunting grounds. A guild called Hamelin has been gathering new players, claiming they want to help them; instead, they take the new players’ EXP pots, items that slightly increase attack power and health regeneration and double the experience earned from combat. Hamelin is taking the EXP pots and selling them to the Black Sword Knights, a guild that’s trying to get to a level of 91, since the expansion upped the experience level cap from 90 to 100.

It turns out that two middle school kids that Shiroe had been mentoring before they ended up in the game were recruited by Hamelin, and Shiroe comes up with a plan to help the new players escape from the guild. The first step of his plan is to open a refreshment stand to sell the food with flavor that they have developed; the stand becomes an instant success. The next step involves convincing the other guilds to help provide money for the mission to rescue the adventurers from Hamelin, and holding a conference with several guilds. The end result sees the Round Table Conference being established in Akihabara and the rescue of the new players from Hamelin. Shiroe also forms his own guild called Log Horizon.

Once Shiroe’s guild is formed, the players discover other ways they can set the rules for Akihabara that weren’t already established in the game, and they gain the notice of the nobility of the People of the Land.

Log Horizon makes itself stand out from other series about characters being trapped in a game (such as Sword Art Online) because it delves into topics such as Player Killers, how to create food that actually tastes good, creating new technology that didn’t previously exist in the game, and truly interacting with the non-player characters. This series brings up a lot of moral and ethical questions, and the characters try to find ways to survive and co-inhabit the world with the non-player characters while trying to find a way back to the real world. But it’s not all serious, though, as there are plenty of humorous moments included in the series. The interplay between Akatsuki and Naotsugu is especially amusing.

Another thing that stands out to me is the fact that many of the characters don’t simply fall into the usual stereotypes associated with fantasy MMORPG games. In addition, I also appreciated that Log Horizon has several strong female characters. The females aren’t simply there to provide sex appeal or eye candy; they are just as complicated and developed as the male characters.

When it comes to the actual Blu-ray set, some of Sentai Filmworks’ choices were a little disappointing. First, it was decided to split the episodes so there would be nine episodes on the first disc, and then four episodes on the second. While the second disc also contains the set’s bonus features, the only extras included are a clean opening and a clean ending.

Even though I was a little frustrated by these choices, the Blu-ray set is still worth owning if you’re a fan of Log Horizon and have the capability to watch Blu-ray Discs. The episodes themselves make the release worth having.

The reviewer watched a copy of this release that she received as a Christmas gift from her husband

Anime Film Review: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a film released by Studio Ghibli and directed by Isao Takahata. The story of the film is based on a Japanese folktale titled, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Publisher: New Video
Format: DVD
Release Date: February 17, 2015

The film opens with a bamboo cutter named Sanuki no Miyatsuko finding a small girl inside a glowing bamboo shoot. He believes the small girl is a divine presence and takes her home. The small girl transforms into a baby, and the bamboo cutter and his wife decide to raise her own their own. They name the baby Princess, and discover that she grows at an incredibly rapid pace.

As Princess grows, she makes friends with some of the other children in the small village where she lives. She especially becomes close to Sutemaru, the oldest among her friends.

Over time, the bamboo cutter comes across gold and fine clothing the same way he found Princess. He takes this as a sign that she is divine royalty and decides to make her into a proper princess. With this newfound wealth, he forces Princess and his wife to move to the capital to live in a mansion. Princess is forced to leave her friends behind without being able to say goodbye, which is just the beginning of her troubles of adjusting to life in the capital.

After moving to the capital, Princess comes of age and is granted the formal name of “Princess Kaguya.” Kaguya has a hard time adjusting to the restraints of nobility after experiencing the freedom she had back in the small village. And her situation only becomes worse when nobles suddenly appear and ask for Kaguya’s hand in marriage.

I thought the story in The Tale of the Princess Kaguya was well-told, and that it didn’t feel like it ran for a little over two hours. While the story is a little on the slow side to get going at first, this is the point where Kaguya is a baby and toddler. I think her cuteness helps to minimize the impact of the slower pacing of the early part of the film. After Kaguya arrives in the capital, we get to see the struggles she has as she’s expected to act like nobility and how she seems to feel stifled by it. I especially appreciated how Kaguya was willing to speak her mind when it came to her suitors. The movie doesn’t have the “happy ever after” ending that a viewer would hope for, but that kind of ending wouldn’t have been realistic for the story that Takahata was trying to tell.

The animation and art in The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is stunning. It feels like Takahata took the aesthetic used for My Neighbors the Yamadas and refined it quite a bit. The color palette used for the animation helped add to the lush look that the animation had. One of the most interesting things about the animation was, whenever Kaguya would be scared or worried, the animation would be a little more stretched out or elongated. This created an interesting effect and helped the viewer to understand that those were the emotions that Kaguya was feeling during that time.

Between the storytelling and the animation, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a riveting film to watch. The viewer finds that they have become attached to Kaguya and root for her throughout the film. In my opinion, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is one of the stronger films to come out of Studio Ghibli in recent years. It’s not that the other recent Ghibli films are bad, it’s just that there’s something in The Tale of the Princess Kaguya that isn’t present in those other films.

The DVD pressing is a two disc set. The first disc has the film and three bonus features, and the second disc has one bonus feature on it. The first bonus feature on the first disc is the press conference that announced the completion of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The press conference runs for about 40 minutes, and it has Japanese audio with English subtitles. The event included a representative from Nippon TV, director Isao Takahata, the co-writer for the script, as well as several of the voice actors and the singer of the theme song. It may have been a press conference, but it was far from boring. The stories that various members of the panel shared were either interesting or amusing. It’s a bonus feature that’s worth checking out.

Next is “Japanese trailers and TV spots.” This runs for 13-and-a-half minutes, and includes a total of 11 items of varying lengths. As you would expect, these have Japanese audio with English subtitles. The final extra on the first disc is “U.S. Trailers,” which runs for three minutes.

The feature on the second disc is a nearly one-and-a-half hour long behind the scenes segment. It’s actually a two part feature that’s shown back-to-back without interruption. This feature has Japanese audio with English subtitles. Over the course of the feature, the viewer gets to see what happened behind the scenes for the making of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which includes seeing the voice actors recording their lines, the animation process, how the music for the film came together, and the first screening of the film. This feature also included a lot of interesting trivia, which helped to make this a little more interesting to watch. From what we see in this feature, it appears that The Tale of the Princess Kaguya will likely be Takahata’s last film. If it is, at least he’ll end his career on a high note. And from what we see in the feature when Takahata sees Miyazaki’s press conference about his retirement, if Takahata does decide to officially retire, he won’t be announcing it to the whole world at a press conference.

I would recommend The Tale of the Princess Kaguya to fans of Isao Takahata or of Studio Ghibli, as well as to viewers who have an interest in Japanese folklore. And if you see the movie and enjoy it, I would recommend adding it to your anime home video library.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this release through the King County Library System

Anime DVD Review: One Piece Season Five Voyage Three

One Piece Season Five Voyage Three is a two-disc set that contains episodes 288-299 of the One Piece anime series. The first disc has seven episodes and commentary on episodes 289 and 290. The second disc includes five episodes and the set’s bonus features. A “Marathon Feature” is available on both discs, which allows the viewer to watch all of the episodes back-to-back without interruption. Audio options include the English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

One Piece Season Five Voyage Three

Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 15, 2013

Most of the episodes in this set continue the Enies Lobby arc. The only exception is Episodes 291 and 292, which are alternate reality stories set in the Edo period. From what the stories are about, it’s obvious that they were done in order to have a couple of weeks of holiday episodes to end that particular year with. But I’m sure they were also produced in order to have filler for a couple of weeks to allow Oda to get a little further ahead in the manga. In the 10 episodes that cover Enies Lobby, there’s a lot of backtracking that takes place at the beginning of episodes, as well as always having an opening sequence explaining about Gold Roger and the One Piece. These are also sure signs that Toei was trying to do what they could to stretch the story out while waiting for the manga to get ahead some more. While this backtracking was nowhere near as bad as what Bleach did with some of the Arrancar arc, it was still rather annoying.

When all was said and done, there was some progress made on various fronts in these episodes. However, it’s obvious that we’re still nowhere near the end of the arc. By the end of this set, four of the CP9 agents are defeated, which is what accounts for most of the progress in the story. Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, the Straw Hats are no closer to actually rescuing Robin at the end of episode 299 than they were at the beginning of episode 288.

Overall, I have to say that while there’s a good story in the Enies Lobby arc, especially with all of the character development for Robin, it’s taking a long time for it to truly progress anywhere. And having the two filler episodes in this set really didn’t help anything, either. Personally, I thought both of the fillers were really stupid.

As for the DVD set itself, there are four bonus features on the second disc. There is a textless version of the opening song that appears on this set (“Crazy Rainbow”).

The set also includes two more of the “On the Boat – Behind the Scenes of One Piece” featurettes. For these featurettes, ADR Director Mike McFarland interviews Jonathan Brooks (the voice for Foxy in the English dub) for about 17 minutes and Jason Liebrecht (the voice for Lucci in the English dub) for about 16 minutes. The interviews are done in the exact same manner as in the previous “On the Boat – Behind the Scenes of One Piece” featurettes, and I enjoyed seeing them. I think it’s a great idea to include these interviews, because it allows the viewers to see what the English dub voice actors look like, as well as to see a little bit of who they are and their personalities.

There are also trailers for other properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

If you’re a One Piece fan and are trying to collect the episodes on DVD, you can purchase this set for episodes 288-299. More recent DVD collections are packaging 24-25 episodes per set, and those releases would also be worth considering if you want to add One Piece to your anime home video library.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this set through the King County Library System

Anime Blu-ray Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 7

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Ranma 1/2 Set 7 includes episodes 139-161 of the series in their original Japanese airing order. For this final set, there was only episode that appeared in a different spot than it did in the original DVD release. This Blu-ray set uses the original Japanese title cards for the episodes instead of the ones created for the English dub. Audio options for the episodes include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Ranma 1/2 Set 7

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: September 8, 2015

Ranma 1/2 Set 7 primarily includes filler episodes, although there are a small handful of episodes that are part of the canon material from the original manga source material. Many of the filler episodes focus on bringing back characters that had small appearances in earlier episodes. These characters included the Jusenkyo Guide, the ghost cat, Madame St. Paul, Picolet Chardin, Sentaro Daimonji, Tsubasa Kurenai, and the frog hermit. There were also some filler episodes that didn’t feature these characters, but they were rather strange. But the strangest filler episode in this set would be the one where girl-type Ranma ends up going on a “date” with an old man having an out-of-body experience.

To me, the best episodes in this set are the final two, where Ranma’s mother is introduced and the mayhem that her sudden arrival causes. It’s disappointing that the anime ended with her introduction, since I know she shows up more in later volumes of the manga. I first saw these episodes before reading the manga, but even back then I felt cheated because it didn’t seem right to introduce a character like Ranma’s mother and then end the series. My least favorite part of the final episode is how it ends with Akane and Ranma saying goodbye to the audience.

This Blu-ray release includes remastered high definition video straight from the Japanese Blu-ray masters. Overall, the remastering looks decent on the set, although I did notice a couple of minor errors in the subtitles.

There are a total of five bonus features that appear on Ranma 1/2 Set 7. The first one is a featurette titled, “We Love Ranma Part 8 – We Love Rumiko Takahashi.” This featurette includes interviews with anime industry professionals, voice actors, cosplayers, a superfan, and even a fashion designer. All of the people included in this featurette spend their time thanking Rumiko Takahashi for creating Ranma 1/2. It’s probably one of the better “We Love Ranma” featurettes that I’ve seen in a while.

“Next Episode Previews” is a continuous piece that includes all of the next episode previews that aired with the episodes that appear on Ranma 1/2 Set 7. I’m at such a loss as to why these were included as a bonus feature, since the next episode previews already appear on the set at the end of their respective episodes.

The “Clean Opening” includes a textless version of the opening that appears on Ranma 1/2 Set 7, and “Clean Ending” includes a textless version of the ending that appears on the set. Trailers are also included as a bonus feature.

This Blu-ray edition also comes with a 32-page booklet. The booklet opens with a “What Happened Thus Far” write-up that summarizes what happened in the episodes that appeared on Ranma 1/2 Set 6. The majority of the booklet provides a brief summary and screen shot for each episode, as well as production credits for the original release of the series and the credits for those involved with this Blu-ray release. The booklet’s glossy pages look nice, but they’re a little slippery for holding when you’re reading it. But it’s still a nice booklet and I’m glad to see that it was included. The set also comes with an art card that has a picture of boy-type Ranma and Genma in panda form.

The box that the Blu-ray case, booklet, and art card come in looks nice and is sturdy. The back of the box that gives a description of the product is actually something you take off of the box after you unwrap it.

While most of the episodes in Ranma 1/2 Set 7 are among the weakest in the series, I would still recommend it to Ranma 1/2 collectors who want to own the entire series on Blu-ray. VIZ Media’s sets are, by far, the best way to get a hold of the series on Blu-ray. Otherwise, you have to pay an arm and a leg to import the Japanese Blu-rays, which use the exact same masters that are used on VIZ’s domestic release.

Anime Film Review: The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises is a film released by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This film has the distinction of being the final one Miyazaki directed before announcing his retirement from directing anime films.

The Wind Rises

Publisher: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 18, 2014

The film takes place over a number of years and leads up to World War II. The story focuses on a young man named Jiro Horikoshi, who dreamed of becoming a pilot as a child, but realized that his nearsightedness prevented him from achieving his dream. He starts having dreams that feature an Italian aircraft designer named Giovanni Battista Caproni, and Jiro decides to pursue designing planes instead of flying them.

In 1923, while traveling on a train to Tokyo Imperial University, Jiro meets a girl named Naoko and her maid. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 strikes, and Jiro is the one who leads Naoko and her maid to safety. It’s revealed later in the film that this is the start of a mutual attraction between Jiro and Naoko.

Admittedly, the early part of the film takes a while to get going. However, these early scenes are important for setting up the story that happens later in the film. In addition to Jiro meeting Naoko, we also see him getting through his time in college in order to be able to pursue his dream of designing planes.

The story begins to move once Jiro and his friend Kiro Honjo graduate from college and begin working at Mitsubishi to design a fighter plane. Over the next few years, Jiro deals with some disappointments and setbacks on the work front, and in 1933, he decides to go to a resort and rest. Here, he has a chance encounter with Naoko, and the two of them realize their feelings for each other. But Naoko contracted tuberculosis from her mother, who died of the disease a few years earlier. Jiro wants to marry Naoko, and she accepts the engagement on the condition that she doesn’t want to marry until she has recovered.

At this point, the film becomes a story of a man who is devoted to both his work and to the woman he loves. But these two sides of his life intertwine when Naoko decides to leave the sanatorium she’s staying at in order to be with Jiro. The emotions Jiro must face with Naoko’s health and the responsibilities of his job are what fuel the drama for the remainder of the film.

In the end, The Wind Rises is a decent film, but it’s not as strong as some of Miyazaki’s other films. It takes the story a while to get going, but after it does get going, it ends up feeling rushed near the end. But even with the pacing issues, the viewer can still tell that Miyazaki put a lot of heart into this film. The characters are also very relatable, which helps to offset some of the pacing issues the film has.

Jiro is voiced by Hideaki Anno, who is best known as the creator of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime. I have to admit that I was unsure about this casting choice, since Anno isn’t known as a voice actor, but I was impressed by his performance in this film. He had the perfect sound for a character like Jiro, and he didn’t sound bad at all.

When it comes to the animation, it looks very lush. I appreciated the color choices used for the film, especially when it comes to the backgrounds. And the film definitely looks like a Miyazaki film, between the character designs and the overall feel of the animation.

When it comes to the DVD release for The Wind Rises, Buena Vista didn’t go to much effort when it came to the bonus features. The only item included was a “Behind the Microphone” documentary, which runs for 11 minutes and includes interviews with the director and the voice actors for the English dub. This was what I have come to expect from the other “Behind the Microphone” features that I have seen on other Disney releases of Studio Ghibli films, with the biggest difference being the acknowledgement of Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films.

In the end, The Wind Rises will hold a place in anime history since it’s the final film that Hayao Miyazaki directed before his retirement from feature films. While it may not be quite as strong of a work as Miyazaki’s other films, it should still be seen by fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki in order to see his final film.

The reviewer checked out a copy of the DVD through the King County Library System