Ginga, a small town girl sets out to become the Emperors Seihi, highest ranked wife, undaunted by the many other women who seek the same title. Her energetic and eccentric ways aid in her in meeting new people, training to be a Lady of the Emperor and dealing with the drama that ensues.
It's been a while since I watched this one so forgive me, I noticed thought that there were no reviews and decided to post one.
This isn't a bad OVA by far. But if you're looking for something extraordinary, look elsewhere.
It's run of the mill as far as OVAs and anime go. The characters aren't terribly memorable and the main character (Ginga) looks SO much older than the other girls that the ending kind of threw me for a loop. The character designer did do much of the design work for Ghibli so I suppose that's why.
The originality of the plot has to
give it some credit though. It's not often we get to see the more personal political matters of the court, such as the subject of choosing the Emperor's bride.
Overall, it's worth a watch. But don't expect this to be one you'll rewatch over and over.
Ah, Like the clouds, like the wind.
I've always wanted to see this anime. I don't know why I didn't until now. Something about it held me back. I don’t know what it was. I started watching it a few years ago and quit before it started. Maybe I wasn’t ready for this movie back then.
Lets start off with the story. It goes very quickly. I know that this is an OVA and they have to manage their time. It has an interesting beginning. However I don't think a girl In ancient china would be that spunky
in the first place. Even in the dumps, girls were taught manners and roles. Women were thought to be useless. Anyway, the movie starts off as a comedy, which is one of the reasons I was so shocked at the ending. The story slows down about mid point. You think that the high point of the plot line is when Ginga makes top wife, but then a huge plot twist is thrown in. The story gets dramatic and exciting, and then plummets. Imagine watching a movie’s climax and it’s REALLY good, then suddenly a narrator jumps in and says "then every one died. The end." There are also many unsolved plot points in this movie. It’s almost like the bandits turned to each other and said “Hey, I know how we could mess up this movie!”
Much of the story was lead by "The difference between boys and girls." At first Ginga thinks that Kouyuu is a woman. This leads to an amusing moment after she is given the title "first wife." I know that they were trying to keep the rating down, but I feel as if they needed to “explore” a bit more, have Ginga figure out things slowly. Especially since they put so much focus on it. The stable scene was so vague. You kinda got the idea, but still didn’t feel satisfied. I wanted some real rolling in the hay! Nah, I’m kidding, but I wanted Kouryuu to at least take off his shirt and show her that he’s not a woman. Ah, I’ve said too much. Okay, I think a rolling in the hay scene would have made the movie. I wouldn’t have cared about the ending!
So for story I would have to give it a 6. It’s not a bad story; it just needs some one to go over it with a red pen and a good writing circle.
The animation was a lot smoother than I expected it to be. Some moments were so fluid that it hit uncanny valley. It was a joy to see. Even though the animation is mimicking gibli style, it had a different feeling. The backgrounds were colorful and nice to look at. They generally spent their time making it look good. There were some character designs that made me down right giddy. The girl from the north, (I think? ) with the cool hat and all. I loved her character design. A lot of the times though I was confused on who was who. There were three characters that looked a like. At first I thought the sister was the PE teacher and that they were all the emperor in disguise... I was seriously trying to solve it in the beginning. They needed a few more differences, unless they were aiming for that confusion.
I give art an 8! Way to go movie.
The sound wasn’t very memorable at all. In fact, if I did remember some of the music, it was because it was extremely out of place. The end song needed to be something mellow to bring you down. Instead, you get a spunky song. It’s almost like a slap in the face. Actually, the song made me angry after listening to it. I thought “How can you be so happy with an ending like THAT!?”
Sound gets a 4.
The characters were very nice and varied. I love when all the girls first meet in their rooms. I thought all of them were going to be stuck up and mean. I was delightfully surprised. Ginga grows from a child to a woman. It’s steady and believable. It’s not a sudden jump like “I’m a woman now, lets roll in the hay.” She really is a woman by the end of the movie. In the end, I guess that’s what the movie was really about; her growth from a child to a beautiful young woman. I generally cared for the characters. (Which is another reason why I want more to the ending, I wanted to SEE what happened to them all.)
Character gets an 8
I know I keep ragging on the story, but I really do love this movie. I enjoyed it; I just think it needed something more. I’ve noticed thought with most anime that it leaves off quickly like that. It’s just how it’s done there. I’m so use to American movies where the end HAS to be satisfying. Instant gratification. Once you think about it though, the quick endings leave you so unsatisfied that want to go out and do something about it. They keep you thinking about that movie which eventually brings you back to it. They make you think about how to change them which in the end involves the viewers more. The movie or show then belongs to everybody.
Enjoyment gets a 7.
Over all, I think that this movie is one that needs to be seen. Put it on your list, get it over with or enjoy it thoroughly… until the end, then boo and throw stuff at your screen. I liked this movie. I give it a 7. It just feels right. It has its charms and its flaws, but that’s what makes it interesting.
Now where’s that haystack?
I wasn't sure at first as it looked a lot more Japanese based film then others I have seen, and i also thought it was going to be serious. But I was to be proven wrong gladly, as it turned out a wonderful film due to "Ginga" the main character, she reminded me of that great feeling I had after watching "Mei" & "Satsuki" in the masterpiece by Ghilbli My Neighbor Totoro. That bursting with energy that sence of fun, is what made the film.
This movie had the components to become a good or great work: art style, basic story line idea, basic character ideas.
But after half the movie or a little more it turned around and went wrong.
I like the art style. First I read the synopsis and thought it might be a serious anime, especially using the word "drama". Then I looked at the art and thought, that probably won't be so, because it looks rather cartoonish/child-like.
As you can take from the synopsis, it was supposed to be about Ginga's training (and occurrences on the way) to become the Emperor's First Wife (yes, they can
have a lot more..).
And that's what sounded interesting to me. And in the first half it made the appearance as if that was what was happening.
Then sudden jumps in the time/line happened, supposedly first several months passed (which you can assume from one particular scene they show, which is confusing at first), then they say already x month passed. And I had absolutely no feeling that more than a short amount of time passed and nothing really changed. The characters behaved the same, there didn't seem to be any progress. Just suddenly the training was over and then the story suddenly shifted to drama. To a serious note. Yet somehow, during those serious situations and happenings, they included cartoonish scenes and happenings which just made me think that the characters must be very dumb to behave that way in those situations. It just didn't fit together at all.
Also at that point they seemed to rush and compress the story. Things happened that I didn't expect at all and that didn't really make sense.
And at the end, the characters acted like nothing mattered or really happened..
I didn't really pay attention to the sound that much. What I noticed from the beginning, though, was Ginga's voice. It sounded weird. Later on I noticed that they might have picked that voice for her so she could later, as Empress, sound more mature.
Also the ending music. I found it horrible, not fitting, and in addition to the ending of the story it felt a bit as if they pierced my heart with a knife..
The characters were rather unrealistic. Ginga seemed too mature (her conversation with her father) from the start, and how she didn't react at all to provocations from Seshamin was really unrealistic. I couldn't at all make out what kind of person she is and why she acts the way she does. Same goes for other characters. I kept switching between liking them and not caring about them. Because their personalities seemed to switch from behavior that made sense and that didn't. One character, for example, seemed to be wise and intelligent, and then suddenly he does really stupid stuff (cartoonish style).
Well, at the beginning I thought it could be a great movie, like I said. But then after that half my enjoyment kept going down and then at the end I was really disappointed, especially when the ending (music) came and I was like "What the heck was their intention? To stab people even more after that ending?"
Overall it went down to the score 5 for me, there were still some aspects that I liked.
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