Yuki no Taiyou Pilot

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Synonyms: Yuki's Sun Pilot
Japanese: ユキの太陽


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1972
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Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: PG - Children


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This pilot is remembered, really, for one notable reason: this is Miyazaki's first time as a solo director. He teamed up with Takahata for the later episodes of the 1971-72 Lupin III series, but Yuki's Sun marked his first time solely in the captain's seat.

Yuki's Sun was based upon a popular shoujo manga (girls' comic) by Tetsuya Chiba which was serialized in 1963. It involves a 10-year-old orphan girl who is adopted into a family. The storyline is somewhat complex, and seems to play out like grand melodrama. Chiba's stories were more sophisticated and grown-up than, say, Osamu Tezuka, who of course was the godfather of postwar Japanese manga.

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Jan 26, 2018
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Rate a 6
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One can sail in this kind breeze of an anime. It would be hard to become lost with the slow directions and information given by the female narrator.Her words were not only helpful but spoken in a clear manner.

Granted for some the story does seem to progress in a fast paced fashion but this is not an entire anime but a plot or teaser of a trailer if you will. So, it is a given certain elements especially those with great meaning (like her parents) will leave a lot of questions to be raised.

Maybe it is the sheer joy of the childlike ...
Mar 19, 2020
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Surely a product of its time with a pretty cliche story but i think you can really see small hints that of Hayao Miyazaki's famous directing even from back then.I don't know if he had any part in the animation department but it seems way more vibrant and fluid than any of the contemporaries of its era

Obviously it is a 4 minute short and its packed full of content with an easy to follow story,of course it leaves out almost all the details and what we get are only basic calicatures of characters but even that for such a small runtime is an achievement

Would reccomend ...
Apr 3, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Miyasaki's first solo director gig. This is a short that seems to serve as a pilot for the manga, but is more like a quick trailer of a larger story.

Perhaps they were hoping to make a full series out of this, which would've looked like many other anime of the time: era animes showcasing the rural life in either Japan, Europe or the United States such as Rascal the Raccoon, Candy Candy, Haha o Tazunete Sanzenri, and many others that were popular at the time.

We're immediately presented the main character and within a minute we're shown her personality, what makes her lovable and what ...

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