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Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari (2017)

In the near future, a high school senior discovers that events in her waking life begin to parallel events in her dreams.

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Credited cast:
Mitsuki Takahata ...
Shinnosuke Mitsushima ...
Sawatari Morio (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôsuke Eguchi ...
Morikawa Momotarô / Pîchi (voice)
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Momotaro Morikawa / Peach (voice)
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Watanabe Ichirô / Bewan (voice)
Rie Kugimiya ...
Joi (voice)
Tomoya Maeno ...
Kijita / Takîji (voice)
Chris Niosi ...
Morio Sawatari (voice)
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Joy (voice)
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Kokone Morikawa / Ancien (voice)
Risa Shimizu ...
Morikawa Ikumi (voice)
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Sawatari / Ukkî (voice)
Hideki Takahashi ...
Shijima Isshin / Hâtorando-ô (voice)
Lex Wutas ...
Ichiro Watanabe / Bewan (voice) (as Lex Woutas)
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Kokone has university exams to prepare for, but instead she dozes off. Even when her father is unceremoniously arrested prior to the Tokyo Olympics and the family is hiding away a mystery or two she finds herself taking refuge in sleep where thrills await her. Could there be more to her dreams? Written by aghaemi

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18 March 2017 (Japan)  »

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Napping Princess  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,865, 10 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,198, 5 October 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Kate Beckinsale's 2nd animated film since Underdogs (2013). See more »

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Daydream Believer
(as "Deidorîmu birîbâ")
Written by John Stewart
Performed by Mitsuki Takahata (as Morikawa Kokone)
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Completely Engaging! Very creative and entertaining. Similar to Studio Ghibli films, which are fantastic!
19 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

The story centers around a girl named Kokone, who I think has narcolepsy. She often dozes off and dreams about a kingdom known as Heartland. Her father is arrested and accused of stealing technology from a famous company and Kokone and her old friend Morio track him down.

I really like the two main characters, Kokone and Morio. I appreciate their dynamic friendship and their personalities. I truly believe they have a bond that can't be broken. Besides these two and Kokone's dad, none of the other characters stand out that much. Of course, I have to talk about the animation. The animation is beautiful. I've always loved Japanese animation and this film is no different. I love the backgrounds of both the real world and Heartland. I love how the characters move. All of it is so appealing. And speaking of visual stuff, the outfits that the characters wear are amazing. If there was an award for best costume design in animation, this film would win it!

The Heartland dream sequences are the best part of the movie. The dreams have their own story, separate to the story taking place in the real world. The dreams are my type of adventure. A kingdom with a combination of sci-fi and fantasy with lots of action? Perfect! It's also really ingenious. Ancien's magic tablet is one of the most original and imaginative inventions I've ever seen in fiction.

I also love the soundtrack. The background music has a pretty orchestral vibe. The music composer is Yoko Shimomura, a famous video game composer known for working on Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. She also composed one of my favorite video game songs, so I got pretty excited finding this out. The one thing that did bother me is that the movie is advertised as a sci-fi / fantasy movie. However, there isn't that much fantasy. The movie has elements of fantasy, such as in the dream sequences, but it doesn't feel as if it is an actual fantasy film. This bothered me just a bit. Also, certain things are left unexplained and that left me confused.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, due to some mild language.

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.


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