Princess Arete
Princess Arete

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Confined in the castle tower by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. Sometimes she sneaks out. Prospective suitors are sent on quests to collect magic treasures to win her hand in marriage.... (Full plot summary below)

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Confined in the castle tower by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. Sometimes she sneaks out. Prospective suitors are sent on quests to collect magic treasures to win her hand in marriage.

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Antagony & Ecstasy - 8/10 by Tim BraytonIts relaxed and reflective way of exploring ideas makes it a uniquely muted children's film, but a far more rewarding one.
Common Sense Media - 6/10 by Brian CostelloSlow-paced anime has some peril, profanity.
User Review - 10/10 by Matthew LHow did I miss something this wonderful. This film belongs somewhere between Kiki's Deliver Service and Howl's Moving Castle as a wonderful magical film.
User Review - 10/10 by Antonio MArite Hime (Princess Arete) is a rather unknown jewel of animation. This movie is celebrated because of its sober exposition of feminism, but I think it also succeeds greatly in the way it creates a wondrous longing for the long-lost knowledge of ancient "sorcerers" in the middle of a retrograde medieval world. It then offers a solution to the problem through the fruit of hard work and the creative power of the human mind while never resorting to pamphlet education or moralist accusations. Knowing Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda, Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki, I can say this is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. Simply put, Princess Arete is godly storytelling and animation.
User Review - 10/10 by Mark GGorgeous near Ghibli-quality swords-and-sorcery anime. More character than action, and a little disorganized, but a gorgeous and engaging film nonetheless.
User Review - 8/10 by Kevin RShe hides away from the world's impurities. Princess Arete is held hostage in a castle by a wicked sorcerer. The sorcerer builds stooges by transforming various things into people who follow him. He does other magic as well, but he feels the princess can one day give him eternal life; meanwhile, the princess gets in touch with a villager who spreads the word on her existence. The villagers will band together to try and breakout the princess. "If I marry the princess, I will return to my natural, handsome form." Sunoa Katabuchi, director of The Blinkins and episodes from the television series Black Lagoon and Wonder Beat S, delivers Princess Arete. The storyline for this picture had a Black Cauldron feel to it. The animation wasn't elite but fit the story well and the film is fairly well paced with interesting settings and characters. "Our master has changed something into a person again?" I came across this on Netflix and decided to add it to my queue. I am generally a fan of anime animated pictures and found this very entertaining and fairly unique. I enjoyed the settings and magic and felt the conclusion was solid. I strongly recommend seeing this once if you're a fan of the genre. Grade: B
User Review - 8/10 by Victor SLijepa, staromodna bajka polaganog razvoja radnje koji je valjda jedan od glavnih uzroka njene opskurnosti. Steta, radi se o vrlo dobrom filmu.
User Review - 6/10 by Keiko APrincess Arete starts off as a pretty standard princess-in-a-tower-waiting-for-suitors-type story, but promptly delves into a non-classical plot, involving the economics and political balance of keeping her in the tower, the psychological effects this has on her and her ways of dealing with it and ultimately, the feminist aspects of her captivity as she is being released from the tower only to be put in a dungeon. Overall the film is imbued with meaning, and while it might not be the most entertaining work (on the surface it seems like a lesser Miyazaki immitation), it certainly is successful in making some well aimed comments about society's treatment and perception of women. The 'princess-in-a-tower' framework gives it a familiar feel that can appeal to young and adult audiences, and the ultimately optimistic outcome without a traditional 'defeat of evil' ending (but rather a 'compassion with evil and understanding of their situation') serves to make it a work that makes us think about the stereotypical boilerplate stories that we've grown with. As always, the Studio 4°C animation fits well with the subject matter, and nicely integrates aesthetic with idea to create one cohesive whole.
User Review - 6/10 by michelle ca nice movie, not your usual anime drawing but the story is not what you would expect of an anime with that look.
User Review - 6/10 by Matthew RNot a lot of tension or conflict as well as slow at times - however it is enjoyable.

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