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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Studios: Tokyo Movie
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
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Nov 7, 2023
So...this exists. And apparently it's come into the limelight now because somehow, for some reason, the streaming website Mubi somehow got their hands on it, gave it English subtitles, and put it up for streaming. That's how I learned about it, along with following the Twitter account WTK, which is a good source of home video news, licensing news, streaming news, and so on. But most old school animation afficionados know something pretty interesting about the Yuki's Sun pilot: This is actually the solo directorial debut of one Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki worked with Takahata on plenty of TV shows and directing some episodes of stuff ...

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