This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can't seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can't ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he's always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear.
Kamiyama Kenji has always been a very special director to me. His S.A.C. series is by far the best take on the Ghost in the Shell IP in my opinion, it's one of, if not THE one all time favorite anime of mine. I always hope this guy could get more attention and get more things done.
However "Hirune Hime" is kind of underwhelming. It's not really a bad film but the pacing is weird, the narrative is kind of childish, and the dialogue said too much.
In parts it kind reminds me of some of Kon Satoshi's
work, with the theme and the way it was approached, sadly it's not done nearly as good.
The animation is decent but not spectacular, the music is serviceable. Again, it's not really bad. But the story and the narrative just don't work... I can't help but see a better film, a great film buried deep within it.
I guess I was expecting way more from the man and the trailer. But how can you blame me?
This movie has just been released in my country. Its screen name in my country is translated "Decoding the dreams". Knowing that shouldn't judge a book by its cover but I didn't expect much about this movie in the first place.
The best thing of this film is its beautiful visual (but not that breathtaking).
Mysterious, adventurous, fantasy, are what I can say about its genre.
Sounds like a Ghibli movie but I considered much worse.
The concept of this movie reminds a lot about Steamboy (the dream of automation) and Paprika (dreams - reality blending).
I have to say the story is its ultimate weakness. It
tends to be confusing, mysterious but there are too many plot holes and tons of details that make me wonder: "What is it for ?", "Why is it so cringy ?". Ehhh....and the mecha parts....I don't have a word to say =.= . In conclusion, the story is quite childish for me but at the same time it is filled with symbolic images which makes it's hard to understand what's going on for kids.
The music was good but not that outstanding (8/10). So far, my most favorite ost from anime movies are from Kimi no nawa and Mononoke princess.
Finally, I have a huge impression on Kokone, the main character. That's another bright point of this movie.
I saw "The Napping Princess" at the film screening at AnimeFest in Dallas, TX on 17 August, 2017.
I really enjoyed the concept and how the film was directed during the first half; the interaction between the dream world and the real world was a joy to watch, with both stories paralleling each other nicely and the visual aesthetics supporting it. I found myself curious to see how things would connect between the two and was searching for these interconnections as the story progressed. Honestly, I was pretty satisfied by the end of everything. The story isn't anything fantastic, but it served it's purpose.
I have two
main complaints for the film. Firstly, and most importantly, I really disliked the main voice actress (and I wasn't particularly keen on the main male VA either). It didn't grow on me even by the end, which was a shame. I think I would have enjoyed the film more if she didn't grate on my nerves whenever speaking. Secondly, there is a point in the film where the two worlds are effectively blending together that left me confused. I could get the gist, but I felt myself so distracted by trying to understand what was happening that I couldn't really enjoy the scene. Perhaps a second run-through after seeing the film would rectify this.
Overall: it's a film I worth seeing once. I'll probably go with friends to see it again for the general theater release here in the states, but I doubly I'll seek it out again thereafter.