Once Upon a Time

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Synonyms: Tales of Windaria, Windaria: Legend of Fabulous Battle, Douwa Meita Senshi Windaria
Japanese: ウインダリア, 童話めいた戦史ウインダリア
English: Once Upon a Time
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 1986
Licensors: ADV Films
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.491 (scored by 36223,622 users)
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Ranked: #65222
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Popularity: #6070
Members: 8,721
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The non-aggression pact between the flourishing maritime city of Itha and the barren military state of Paro comes to an end when the latter's greedy monarch attempts to sabotage Itha and target its riches. Following this dreadful incident, the escalating animosity on each side disturbs the happiness of Itha's princess Ahnas and Paro's prince Jill, both of whom are deeply in love.

The peaceful farmers from the village of Saki are worried as well. With their land separating Itha and Paro, they risk getting caught in the crossfire of an upcoming battle. Yet there is one among them that does not share such fear. Izu—an ambitious, energetic young man—sees this war as an opportunity to gain fame and wealth. Enticed by Paro's promise of a generous reward, he readily answers the kingdom's call for help, vowing to his beloved wife Marin that they will soon reunite.

Feeling heartbroken, Marin becomes engrossed in prayer for her husband's safe return. Meanwhile, Ahnas and Jill are determined to not let their positions or their families' hostilities come between them. But will these young people's genuine love prevail over human foolishness and vices, or will it be sacrificed to petty ambitions?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Although the story was originally conceived for the production of an anime, Windaria first appeared as a novel titled Douwa Meita Senshi Windaria four months prior to the movie's release. As stated in the postscript, the author believed this reading would further entice people to watch the film.

The movie was broadcasted several times on Yomiuri TV's Anime Daisuki! program. An English version was made available under the title Once Upon a Time by Harmony Gold in 1987. However, in order to make it suitable for a younger audience, major changes were made: the exclusion of some nudity and violent scenes, modification of the script, new character names, and added narration.

In Japan, Windaria was initially distributed to home video by Victor Entertainment, which later released it on DVD on December 16, 2000. In the US, it was made available on VHS as Windaria by Streamline Pictures on August 1, 1993, and on DVD as Once Upon a Time by ADV Films on March 16, 2004. Additionally, a video game adaptation titled Dungeon of Windaria was released in Japan by Nintendo on May 15, 2008.

Characters & Voice Actors


Furuya, Toru


Kanda, Waka


Inoue, Kazuhiko


Matsui, Naoko


Tokumaru, Kan


Takashima, Gara


Yoshida, Rihoko


Nagai, Ichiro


Shibata, Hidekatsu


Kinoshita, Yumi


Macek, Carl
Producer, Script, ADR Director
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"Yakusoku" by Akino Arai

Ending Theme

"Utsukushii Hoshi (美しい星)" by Akino Arai

Oct 11, 2008
If you want pure literature in anime, something along the lines of Shakespeare and a true anime classic, then this it. It was previously released by Streamline and Harmony Gold in 1987, a year after its release in Japan originally under the title Once Upon a Time, but later re-named back to its original title. This anime tells a great tale of not just love and war, but about duty and loyalty to your family and yourself. The characters are captivating and unique, but I don’t like what the Streamline version did with Izu. In the original Japanese version, Izu is more care free and ...
May 24, 2014
The most frustrating movies to watch are the ones where a good director is trying to work with a garbage script, and I don't think there's a better example of this in anime than Windaria. The characters are two dimensional at best, and their motivations rarely make much sense. Why does the one kingdom want to invade the other? Because they're evil, I guess. Why do they think the best way to do this is to flood the city, thereby destroying anything of value within? Who knows? Why does the prince, who had previously been begging his father to ...
Apr 8, 2017
Windaria is a Studio Gallop film from 1986. Yes, the same studio that did the early episodes of Rurouni Kenshin. Like many of the other films I've reviewed during this year's film festival, it's not based on anything. It's also one I'd never heard of prior to browsing random anime films. So, was it worth dredging up? Let's take a peek and see.


We open with a young couple, Izu & Marin, taking their cart to sell their wares in the kingdom of Isa. Their idyllic time is ruined when someone tries to flood the city. An attempt which gets thwarted by Izu's intervention. Turns ...

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