AKA: Tenku no shiro Rapyuta (1986)
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice Credits: James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Keiko Yokozawa, Cloris Leachman, Minori Terada, Fujio Tokita
Synopsis: After escaping the army and the pirates, Sheeta meets Pazu and discovers she is a descendant and heir of a magical floating kingdom that most people think mythical.
I think this is likely the best and most understandable anime I've seen, but I still didn't really care for it.
It starts out with strong female characters, both good and evil, but then they start deferring to men. There's excessive grunting and gasping, the typical memory problems, and the general moral of "don't be selfish". The flying machines reminded me of Tin-Tin.
The attention to detail is astounding! The art is amazing, but I don't get why every vein in each leaf of a tree will be painstakingly rendered but people so obviously distorted. I just don't get it.Added 11 May 2003 at 10:55 AM