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Windaria


Alternative Titles

English: Once Upon A Time
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

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 1986
Producers: Kaname Productions
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Studio Gallop
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 6.711 (scored by 2,298 users)
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Ranked: #45112
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Popularity: #4016
Members: 4,887
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Synopsis

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

Izu
Izu
Main
Furuya, Toru
Japanese
Furuya, Toru
Marin
Marin
Main
Kanda, Waka
Japanese
Kanda, Waka
Jill
Jill
Main
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Japanese
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Ahnas
Ahnas
Main
Matsui, Naoko
Japanese
Matsui, Naoko

Staff

Macek, Carl
Macek, Carl
Producer, Script, ADR Director
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director
Fujikawa, Keisuke
Fujikawa, Keisuke
Script, Original Creator, Screenplay


Edit Opening Theme

"Yakusoku" by Akino Arai

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




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ParaParaJMo
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 read more
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Fel_Temp
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 read more
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Firechick12012
Apr 18, 2014
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
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vigorousjammer
Mar 24, 2014
So, I just finished watching Windaria. To be specific, it was the original Japanese version, subtitled by the "Live-eviL" fan-sub group.

Well, let's start with the art. For a film from 1986, it looks VERY nice. The animation is smooth, varied, and has a lot of nice, subtle touches. It still looks dated by today's standards, but is still pretty easy to appreciate. The world is also pretty beautifully realized, with some gorgeous looking background art. The character art is all pretty standard for the era, but the quality of the animation makes them stand out more than they otherwise would.

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