Ranked #2836

Arete Hime

Alternative Titles

English: Princess Arete
Synonyms: Arite Hime, The Adventure of Princess Arete, Arete-hime
Japanese: アリーテ姫

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 2001
Producers: Imagica
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Unknown
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 7.121 (scored by 1,919 users)
Ranked: #28362
Popularity: #3556
Members: 4,757
Favorites: 22
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Synopsis

Confined in the castle tower by her father, princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. Sometimes she seeks out to watch the common people at work. The knights of the kingdom compete for the right to marry her and rule the land by competing to see who can find powerful magic objects made by a long dead race of sorcerers. Arete wants none of this. She longs to meet the common people and travel to exotic lands she has only seen in the books she keeps hidden under her bed. One day the sorcerer Boax arrives in a fantastic flying machine and offers to take Arete as his wife and transform her into a proper princess.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Arete
Arete
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Boax
Boax
Main
Koyama, Tsuyoshi
Japanese
Koyama, Tsuyoshi
Suyama, Akio
Japanese
Suyama, Akio
The Witch
The Witch
Supporting
Koorogi, Satomi
Japanese
Koorogi, Satomi
Ample
Ample
Supporting
Takayama, Minami
Japanese
Takayama, Minami

Staff

Katabuchi, Sunao
Katabuchi, Sunao
Director
Hayase, Hiroyuki
Hayase, Hiroyuki
Sound Director
Origa
Origa
Theme Song Performance
Oonuki, Taeko
Oonuki, Taeko
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance

Opening Theme

"Красно Солнце (Krasno Solntse)" by Origa

Ending Theme

"kin'iro no tsubasa (金色の翼)" by Taeko Oonuki



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Qadia
Sep 17, 2015
We all have a little magic inside of us. At any time, all we have to do is close our eyes and use the words of the heart, and we can become anyone and go anywhere we want to. Regardless of gender, age or ethnicity, we are all capable of it. Much more powerful than any spell, this magic is the strongest force on Earth.

Princess Arete is an exceptionally empowering animated picture by Studio 4°C, based on the book The Clever Princess by English author Diana Coles. While it was originally targeted towards children, the movie itself is a remarkably mature deconstruction of the read more
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Kiel-kun
Jan 12, 2016
It’s now the year 2016, new challenges and obstacles awaits us in this following year and let me start the by introducing you guys the Movie Princess and what I think about it.

Plot (6/10)+ Character (4/10)-
The story is very simple but very slow paces in presenting its wonderful message. The concept of the story is good for it promotes freedom by self-discovery and believing in one self to achieve its goal and wishes without relying to any superficial solution which are magic that bent reality. Princess Arete is a good deconstruction of princess stories for it teaches us that dreams can be read more
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ace52387
Sep 5, 2009
Arete Hime initially seems like a typical modern iteration of a fairy tale, ala Disney, with a captive princess who desires to see the world and empathize with its denizens. Eventually, it shapes into a multi-segmented journey of self discovery more akin to "Siddhartha" than "Rapunzel."

When looking back at the entire Journey our main character, Arete undergoes, it's quite epic. This in no way changes the fact that some stretches are completely starved for plot development, using the time instead to flash some scenic shots and play with Arete's diatribes on her predicaments. Which brings me to one of the biggest problems with this film: read more
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Yukariki
Jan 28, 2012
Children’s fiction is an appealing genre for all ages. Consider Harry Potter: kids, teenagers, and adults all screamed in glee when the final book in the saga was released. All of these works are simple, straight to the point, and wonderful to look at. Reading these types of fiction influences everyone in the crucial age of adolescence. Everyone has their favorite children’s books; mine was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Hence, I learned to laugh at dark humor and absurd deaths at a young age.

At the age of five, I asked the unknown sentient beings with the cooties -- a worse opponent than the Bubonic read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
they have strong strange princesses in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere. both nausicaa and Arete feel for creatures that are scorned be man. the big diffrence is one is fantasy and the other scifi. Post-apocalyptic fantasy? 
reportRecommended by born2badored
Anime: Mind Game
Super similar moral but completely different presentation. Same studio. Mind games is BRIGHT and CHAOTIC. whereas Princess Arete is muted... and slow...
Bolth are amazing in there own way. Im my opinion, you watch these two films and you know how to live life. 
reportRecommended by misfish
Anime: Tonari no Totoro
Both of these anime have a similar calm, pace. Both are starring little girls. Tonari no Totoro is a bit more about the joy of innocence, where as Princess Arete is more about appreciating the little magic of life. I may be going out on a limb to say I prefer Princess Arete, but I hope you enjoy both!
Also either can be appreciated at any age. 
reportRecommended by misfish
Anime: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
Both have the same atmosphere and mood. There is a whimsical nature to them. Both are fairy tales/children's stories that take place in a somewhat medieval world with bits of sci-fi and fantasy woven in. Where Arete is about a princess who yearns to experience the outside world, Kino is about a traveller who explores the many unique countries in the world. Even the art, character design, and tone of color is similar. 
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Anime: Princess Tutu
Fractured fairy tales starring cursed princesses who fight against fate (and evil wizards). Both tell stories about stories and the power they hold, and both critique romantic concepts of princesses and knights. Both feature talking animal people. Tutu has more comedy and intense emotional highs and lows; Arete is more laid-back, contemplative, and at times lethargic. But if you love one of these princesses, odds are you'll like the other, too. 
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