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The Wonderland (2019)

The story follows Akane, a girl with no self-confidence. On the day before her birthday, she meets a mysterious alchemist Hippocrates and their student Pipo, who both tell her they're on a ... See full summary »

Director:

Keiichi Hara

Writers:

Sachiko Kashiwaba (novel), Miho Maruo (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mayu Matsuoka ... Akane (voice)
Anne Watanabe ... Chii (voice) (as An)
Kumiko Asô ... Midori (voice)
Nao Tôyama ... Pipo (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara ... Zan Gu (voice)
Akiko Yajima ... Doropo (voice)
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Masachika Ichimura ... Hipokuratesu (voice)
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The story follows Akane, a girl with no self-confidence. On the day before her birthday, she meets a mysterious alchemist Hippocrates and their student Pipo, who both tell her they're on a mission to save the world. Together, they set out from the basement for "Wonderland," and Akane finds herself labelled Wonderland's savior.

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Genres:

Animation | Fantasy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 April 2019 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Birthday Wonderland See more »

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Production Co:

Aniplex, Dentsu, Fuji TV See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A Colorful Visit to a Wonder(ful)land
14 July 2019 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Teenage Akane is unmotivated and moody, just like any teenage girl. She always feels put out by her mother's requests, never more so when she's sent to see her shopkeeper aunt Chii to pick up her own birthday present! Once there, however, Chii and Akane are visited by strangers from the basement, Mr. Hippocrates and his apprentice Pipo. But Mr. Hippocrates is an alchemist, Pipo is an elf, and the basement is a portal into another world, one that desperately needs Akane's help to avoid utter destruction.... A few years ago I saw another animated film by director Keiichi Hara, "Miss Hokusai," and was very taken with the incredible beauty of the work; the director works the same magic here, with some stunningly gorgeous backgrounds (and foregrounds for that matter), along with a story filled with imagination from an evil mouse-shaped monster machine to oversized sheep who provide wool *and* protection, to the very real crisis that the Wonderland is facing, that of running out of water. Oh, and there's an enchanted Prince, too! Even if the viewer isn't taken by the story itself (based on "Strange Journey From the Basement," a children's book by Sachiko Kashiwaba), s/he will certainly enjoy simply watching this very colorful feast for the eyes.


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