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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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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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Watch the Japanese Original If You Can
14 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Echoing the comments made by others here, I would agree that the original Japanese version (rather than Harmony Gold's English dub) is by far the superior movie. The original is a tragedy in the classic sense of the word, while the English rewrite significantly softens the impact by grafting on a different ending, an ending that undoes the gravity and impact that the story had worked so hard and so skillfully to build.

The original version of "Windaria" is a genuinely moving and beautiful film, and deserves a new dub that is true to its dramatic spirit and content. Even if this never happens, however, the film is worth viewing in the original Japanese; such is the skill of the animators and writers that the story doesn't really require spoken dialog. Even if you don't understand a word of Japanese, you'll still be moved.


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