Hey this is my second review for a show that hasn't gotten any recognition.
Story-Well its the Romeo Juliet esque plot line with two sets of parents and or families in which despise each other. The introductory part of the story tells how the Water god and Fire god came into conflict.The sea prince is the son of the Water god at first he shows a trait for running away on his escapades. Conversingly the fire princess and or fire child is dutiful to her mother at first( guarding the flame etc..). After the two main characters encounter each other is less friendly with an exchange
of verbose name calling, but this is due to their parents respectively portraying the other side in a pejorative manner. Then of course after several meetings the veneer that taught them to hate each other was reproved. Afterwards segments of conflict insue in whether they can coexist and love one another.
Art-This show finished airing in the early 1980's. Don't expect pristine depictions of any scenery or setting. However the animation looked disney liked at times or similar to the style used by Ghibli films. For its epoch its quite well done and rarely are there any inconsistencies with the characters.
Sound-The music is clandestine and classical, almost scintillating that it illustrates the relationship between the characters.It's quite profound with the calming effects and peacefulness gained with the two main characters together without interruption.
Character-Sirius the sea prince is more akin the adventurous and disobient type. He adjusted rather quickly with the fire society disproving of his relationship with Malta. Malta however is calculating, calm and obedient for the most part but she also has her curious nature. Sirius had a direct influence on her changing of character in developing to become less dependent or questioning.
Enjoyment- The movie had its cheesy moments but that's what you should expect from Romeo and Juliet type romance. Childish and facile at times making it a proponent of disney themes but that doesn't trump the serious and poignant relationship that the main characters have for each other.
Overall-If you would like to diversify your list with an antiquated theme thats been done before but with different characterisations. The dosage of disney themes that this show ascribes to maybe be perilous to some. Overall a pretty good movie for its intended audience.
Legend of Sirius is a Disney Movie. OK, it’s not by Disney or by any of the staff from Disney, but not a single aspect of it makes me feel like it originated from Japan, obviously helped by watching the dub. It’s a re imagining of the classic Romeo and Juliet tale except this time set in a mythical land between Fire People and Water People. Because if there’s ever two things that don’t get along, fire vs water is only beaten by light vs dark and moe fans vs mecha fans. So much of this is classic Disney. The main character has a wise-cracking
smaller friend who helps him out when he is in a desperate state towards the end of the movie. He also has doofus rival who comes in and messes up his plans in a significant way where as earlier he was just a minor annoyance. There’s even the ever classic ‘forbidden zone’, that is actually called in-story the ‘forbidden zone, where the main character can’t go but does so anyway and makes his father angry. The more you look at it, the less it becomes Romeo and Juliet and the more it looks like The Lion King.
The animation style has come straight out of Fantasia. Again, none of this looks like anime in any way. The pencil lines to depict the roaring waves is very Night on Bald Mountain. The way the show sets it’s frames comes out of classic Disney as well with the way it draws the centre focus of the picture in a ethereal glow next to the hard pencil lined backgrounds they were set against. This was pretty understandable given the centre focus of a shot was often a Being of Fire and hence are meant to glow. It’s often been touted that Ghibli are a Japanese Ghibli, which is a pretty accurate description. However the fact remains that Ghibli still feels Japanesey and has it’s own unique style. Legend of Sirius is not Ghibli. It is Disney.
None of this is a bad thing, despite my description of it sounding like looking like the work of the most successful animation company of all time would be a bad thing. It’s just the easiest way to get you to picture what this movie is like. Because this movie, like much of classic Disney, is really damn good. There is the slight feeling that I’m in the wrong age bracket for this movie obviously, neither being below the age of 10 nor old enough to having 10 year olds call me dad. This is very much a family movie, despite the obvious tragedy that is the Romeo and Juliet story. The movie does work the story into a hopeful and beautiful ending, but I still found myself feeling pretty sad by the end of it all. I’d gotten myself really into the corny idealistic romance of Malta and Sirius. Well, See–ree-oos as Malta called him. No wonder the guy went batty for her when she had such a sexy accent, although wearing no clothes and having high heels naturally built into her physique probably helped.
Oh yes, I should probably add that you should watch this dubbed. Watching it in Japanese destroys the Disney feel of it and detracts from the beautiful artwork you should be ogling at. This is the type of movie corny line delivery adds to the experience. And since you’re watching it dubbed, you might as well watch it as it was intended. That is, stick it on one day when you’ve got to keep kids quiet for 2 hours but don’t want to stick on the bullcrap that passes for children’s television nowadays. They may try to hide behind the couch when the big villain makes his tentacley appearance (I certainly wanted to) and dry a few tears when the inevitable ending occurs, but it’s well worth the watch for the excellent storytelling and imaginative world building.
The story is pretty much a Romeo and Juliet style with elemental gods instead of humans. This makes me have mixed feelings. While the story is so old and pretty much exactly what you would expect of the tale, I do like the gods a bit. Sadly, it was not enough to save the story as it felt bland in both voice acting and artwork. It just doesn’t pop at all and I felt myself becoming bored while watching it as there was no surprise, no special meaning behind any of it.
The artwork is pretty beautiful but it is far from perfect. While the watercolors
and special backgrounds pop, the characters seem to feel a little lack luster. The design of the characters feel like they are bland. Malta has only a small hint of wearing something although she is pretty much nude to a point and her limbs are just think sticks compared to her body with rather strange eyes that seem to be overly slanted. On the other hand, Sirius has thin limbs too but with rather clumpy looking ‘feet’ and hands. It makes me wish they were beautiful images like in the credits but sadly, they don’t fit the background at all.
The voices… oh boy the voices… They have no feeling what so ever in their words and Malta’s voice is just overly high pitched. It’s a sad dub that makes me wish that I watched the Japanese version but the show was so bland to me that I don’t want to watch it again.