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
Producers: Gallop, Harmony Gold
Licensors: ADV Films
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.511 (scored by 33653,365 users)
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Ranked: #60962
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Popularity: #5844
Members: 8,044
Favorites: 26

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Two pairs of young lovers become embroiled in a war between two rival kingdoms, the primitive but resplendent Isa and the militaristic but undisciplined Paro. Izu and his young wife, Marin, are simple farmers who live in the unassuming village of Saki, which lies directly between Isa and Paro. While Saki does not have the beauty of Isa nor the war machines of Paro, they do possess a magnificent tree known as "Windaria," to which the villagers give their prayers in return for "good memories."

When the war erupts, Izu decides to join Paro's army, enthralled by the fantastic motorbike "given" to him as a bribe. Before he departs, they each take a vow: He will definitely return to her, and until he does, she will wait for him. The other two lovers are Jill, the prince of Paro, and Ahanas, Princess of Isa. They initially want nothing to do with the rapidly escalating conflict, but after Jill's father, Paro's king, dies by his son's hand in an altercation over the war, Jill has little choice but to realize his father's final wish: the taking of Isa.

The only problem is that he had promised his beloved, Ahanas, that he would not become involved. Windaria is a war parable set in a fantasy land of unicorns and ghost ships.

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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
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
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 read more
May 24, 2014
Fel_Temp (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 18, 2014
Firechick12012 (All reviews)
The eighties were an awesome time to make anime in Japan. The economy was flourishing, money was in abundance, consumers wanted and paid good for it, and it was the time when animators got really ambitious about what they wanted to create. Lots of great anime came from the eighties, like the original Macross anime (and it's Macekred version, Robotech), Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Little Princess Sara, Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind, Zeta Gundam, and, most notably, Akira. The eighties were also a time when anime began it's first journey to America, but not in one piece. Back then, it was the standard read more
Apr 8, 2017
ktulu007 (All reviews)
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 read more


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