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Windaria (1986)

Dôwa meita senshi Windaria (original title)
An ambitious young farmer becomes an agent in a pointless war between two nations, and tragedy ensues.

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Credited cast:
Tôru Furuya ...
Izu (voice)
Waka Kanda ...
Marliin (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyôko Ai ...
Isis (voice)
Catherine Battistone ...
Queen (1987) (voice) (as Catherine Luciani)
Bill Capizzi ...
Caleb / Cord / Court / Tank / Walla (1987) (voice) (as A. Gregory)
Mari Devon ...
Marie (1987) (voice) (as Jayne Allan)
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Veronica / Window (1987) (voice) (as Betty Gustafson)
Kazuhiko Inoue ...
Jiru (voice)
Tomie Kataoka ...
Isis (voice)
Yumi Kinoshita ...
Salem (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ...
Soldier (voice) (as Michitaka Kobiyashi)
Kerrigan Mahan ...
Alan (1987) (voice) (as Ryan O'Flannigan)
Naoko Matsui ...
Ahnas (voice)
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Draco (1987) (voice) (as Jeremy Platt)
Yuzuru Morimoto ...
Coppo (voice)
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As two countries wage war, a great valley is doomed for destruction. In an effort to save his home, Alan agrees to be a message carrier. In the process he is tricked into destroying a whole kingdom and his own life. The movie ends with him vowing to lead in the rebuilding of the valley to help right the incredible wrongs he has committed. Written by Grant Wagner <rwagner1@utk.edu>

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An anime that tries to be much more than what it is, and ultimately lands flat on it's face
19 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So, I just finished watching Windaria. To be specific, it was the original Japanese version, subtitled by the "Live-eviL" fan-sub group.

Well, let's start with the art. For a film from 1986, it looks VERY nice. The animation is smooth, varied, and has a lot of nice, subtle touches. It still looks dated by today's standards, but is still pretty easy to appreciate. The world is also pretty beautifully realized, with some gorgeous looking background art. The character art is all pretty standard for the era, but the quality of the animation makes them stand out more than they otherwise would.

As for the story, this is where it really falls apart for me. The movie starts off fine, and the characters start to develop. You start to get a feel for the world, and the story arc, and despite it being paced somewhat slowly, it still seemed pretty well put together. However, about halfway through the story, things change. Characters that were developed early-on start arbitrarily changing their motivations left and right, seemingly for no reason. Yet, other characters feel lifeless, like an empty shell, with no real depth to them whatsoever. This makes it difficult to like any of the characters, and as such, the story ends up falling flat.

The pacing also seemed to get slower and slower as the film went on. There's a lot of filler shots, and it made me feel like I was just waiting for the next thing to happen. However, even when that next thing happened, I wasn't satisfied with it, because it usually involved one of the characters, who are all so completely unlikeable that anything that happened involving them didn't matter to me. The film entirely failed to be captivating, and by the last 30 minutes, I was kind of just waiting for it to be over. Then it ended, and I still didn't feel satisfied. I felt like the ending was supposed to make me cry, but it didn't, because I wasn't emotionally invested in any of the characters. After all was said and done, I kind of just felt like I wasted my time.

Yet, despite all that, I still find the movie oddly charming. I don't think it's good by any stretch, but it has a few decent moments in the beginning and middle of it. Also, the animation probably would have really wowed me 10 or 15 years ago, and it's still good today, but it's not good enough to push everything else to the side and focus solely on that. However, that seems like exactly what this movie tries to do. It substitutes well-formed characters and a well-paced story arc for some visual flair. It ultimately ends up being far less than what it could have otherwise been, if a little extra care went into the story and the characters.

I give Windaria 2 out of 5 stars.


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