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Napping Princess (2017)

Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari (original title)
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In the near future, a high school senior discovers that events in her waking life begin to parallel events in her dreams.


Kenji Kamiyama


Kenji Kamiyama
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Credited cast:
Mitsuki Takahata ... Morikawa Kokone / Enshen (voice)
Shinnosuke Mitsushima ... Sawatari Morio (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jamison Boaz Jamison Boaz ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ray Chase ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ben Diskin ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Morikawa Momotarô / Pîchi (voice)
Doug Erholtz ... Momotaro Morikawa / Peach (voice)
Arata Furuta ... Watanabe Ichirô / Bewan (voice)
Wayne Grayson ... Kijita (voice)
Kyle Hebert ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rie Kugimiya ... Joi (voice)
Tomoya Maeno Tomoya Maeno ... Kijita / Takîji (voice)
Max Mittelman ... Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Niosi Chris Niosi ... Morio Sawatari (voice)
Colleen O'Shaughnessey ... Joy (voice)


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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The film takes place in 2020 during the Tokyo Olympics, which ended up being cancelled in reality due to the Coronavirus epidemic. See more »


Featured in The Month in Movies: March 2018 (2018) See more »


Daydream Believer
(as "Deidorîmu birîbâ")
Written by John Stewart
Performed by Mitsuki Takahata (as Morikawa Kokone)
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The merging of dreams and reality
21 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love anime to death, especially Studio Ghibli, so would see anything regardless of the studio and subject matter. There are many great animes out there that are among my favourites ever, and 'Napping Princess', despite not being a favourite, has a lot to admire.

'Napping Princess' (aka 'Ancien and the Magic Tablet') at times tries to do too much, with a lot of ideas and strands, and while thought-provoking the ending is slightly overblown and goes on for a little too long. Otherwise, 'Napping Princess' is a very intriguing and extremely well made film that makes the most of an inventive and ambitious concept. The merging of dreams and reality was beautifully done and always coherent, and there is admiration for how the film manages to incorporate many elements and execute a vast majority of them very well with enough complexity and magic.

The animation as expected is wonderful. Rich in meticulous background and character detail, atmospheric and ethereal in colour schemes and alive to nuances in its use of settings and character gestures and expressions, it becomes a character of its own. The music has whimsy, haunting beauty and understatement, while not overbearing the drama and letting it speak when needed.

Strong writing always helps and 'Napping Princess' has that, being thoughtful and not taking itself too seriously that it becomes dreary, there is some humorous quirkiness that lightens things a little. It doesn't feel too over-complicated either. There's plenty of warmth and heart, the characters are rootable and the voice acting dynamic.

Overall, very well done and deserving of more attention. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

18 March 2017 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,865, 10 September 2017

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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