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Arete Hime

Arete Hime

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 2001
Producers: Studio 4°C, Imagica
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.151 (scored by 1477 users)
Ranked: #26872
Popularity: #3437
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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)

Characters & Voice Actors

Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Koyama, Tsuyoshi
Koyama, Tsuyoshi
Suyama, Akio
Suyama, Akio
Takayama, Minami
Takayama, Minami
The Witch
The Witch
Koorogi, Satomi
Koorogi, Satomi


Katabuchi, Sunao
Theme Song Performance
Oonuki, Taeko
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance
Morikawa, Satoko
Character Design

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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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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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Jul 17, 2009
I happened to stumble upon this gem, while I was looking for another anime. The picture of the Princess caught my eye, plus, the fact that Studio4C was behind it. I went ahead, downloaded it and was rewarded first off, with a lush and beautiful OP by Orgia. I say that the OP set the tone for what was to be a wonderful tale of adventure, freedom and redemption.
That is the first reason I liked this one so much. Next, was the Princess herself. Not easily swayed by so-called suitors, sent out on quests in order to win her hand. She was determined to read more
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May 11, 2013
_Princess Arete_ is, in many ways, an odd duck. While the ending is a good ending by many standards and educates me in some respects, it still leaves me unsatisfied - and I think that may be the mark of how it is a peculiarly *feminist* film as opposed to a regular film, in the sense of showing an empowered competent female protagonist of the kind you have to watch patiently for a Ghibli film to see usually.
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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?
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.
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.
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.

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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