Arete Hime

Princess Arete

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Arite Hime, The Adventure of Princess Arete, Arete-hime
Japanese: アリーテ姫
English: Princess Arete
Spanish: Princesa Arete
French: Princess Arete
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Novel
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.891 (scored by 51995,199 users)
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Ranked: #46722
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Popularity: #5651
Members: 14,143
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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

The Witch

Koorogi, Satomi


Takayama, Minami


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


Opening Theme

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"Красно Солнце (Krasno Solntse)" by Origa

Ending Theme

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


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: ...
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 ...
Jan 12, 2016
Mixed Feelings
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 ...

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Poll: Princess Arete Episode 1 Discussion
tofei - Jan 26, 2012
20 repliesby Sw3at »»
Feb 1, 10:32 PM
Free on YouTube until Dec 2, 2022
Nyron - Nov 22, 2022
0 repliesby Nyron »»
Nov 22, 2022 5:39 PM
Ever released on DVD?
Malarkey - Aug 1, 2016
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Sep 11, 2016 8:49 AM