Arete Hime
Princess Arete
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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
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Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Novel
Genres: FantasyFantasy, MagicMagic
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.941 (scored by 34803,480 users)
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Ranked: #38002
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Popularity: #4617
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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.

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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

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"Красно Солнце (Krasno Solntse)" by Origa

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

More reviewsReviews

Sep 5, 2009
ace52387 (All reviews)
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
Jan 28, 2012
Yukariki (All reviews)
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
Sep 17, 2015
sagittas (All reviews)
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
Jan 12, 2016
Ezekiel_01 (All reviews)
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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Poll: Princess Arete Episode 1 Discussion
tofei - Jan 26, 2012
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Jan 3, 9:10 AM
Ever released on DVD?
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Sep 11, 2016 8:49 AM