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Dôwa meita senshi Windaria (1986)

An ambitious young farmer becomes an agent in a pointless war between two nations, and tragedy ensues.

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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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So Close To A Classic
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of animation and fantasy, Japan is a bottomless pit of potential. There are hundreds of works spanning the decades, every genre represented, every show appealing to someone out there. Where does one even start? Which are the classics, which are lowest common denominator? Which are bad, which are so-bad-its-good? Which are forgotten treasures, which deserve their obscurity? My first world problem is answering these questions.

I just came across Windaria. Never heard anyone talk of it. It apparently did have an English dub, disastrously executed. I did find some small discussion, most notably a 2/5 star review from a trusted source. I didn't think it was that bad...but I see where that comes from.

Windaria is almost a Studio Ghibli quality film. I'm not joking when I compare their similarities. It develops an interesting fantasy world, has solid animation and a nice orchestral score, has similar technology, and even shares the anti-war, pro-environmental themes of Miyazaki. However, Windaria is not a family-friendly adventure. It delves into ambition, how it can take over one's mind, ruining their relationships and selling their soul for fame, power, and fortune.

Too bad we can't believe these changes of heart.

The main characters start out as likable, then suddenly 180. You are left wondering why they're acting so cruel, or with blind stupidity. Halfway through, all the problems of the film could have been solved, yet they keep fighting. This is probably due to their ambition...but it feels like we're missing 10 minutes of dialog. Its a shame that an otherwise great film screws itself over with such a simple mistake.

But I still got goosebumps at the ending. I still felt the devastation.

There's writing issues, yes. But if you fill in the gaps yourself, I think Windaria is pretty good, especially for its obscurity. Its beautiful, yet somber. Just make sure you watch it subbed!


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