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From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature – Independent, at this year’s Annie Awards.
The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa often dozes off, entering a dream-world called Heartland full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But when her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is kidnapped for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, uncovering a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.
With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, Napping Princess is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.
My kids have never watched any anime, so I was not sure exactly what to expect when we received Napping Princess to review. The DVD is targeted to kids ages 9+, and when you watch it for a little while, you understand why. The story is a complex one and you have to pay attention to follow it. It goes back and forth between Kokone's dreamworld and reality until almost the end of the movie. Our main kid viewers were a 9 year old male, 8 year old female, followed by a 13 year old female, 19 year old female, and me. Since my kids were not familiar with the genre, it took them a few minutes to get used to the ways the characters looked and their clothes. They had no real problems following the movie, and they liked the sci-fi aspect of it. Our 13 year old guest seemed to enjoy the movie the most and she actually borrowed it to share with some of her 11-14 year old friends.
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