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Taiyō no Ōji: Horusu no Daibōken
Way before Hayao Miyazaki did directing for Future Boy Conan and Castle of Caglisotro in the late 1970s, he was the chief animator behind this historical 1960s anime title. This movie brought about the potential for anime to be directed at wider audiences beyond younger audiences and broke the Disney-esque mold that Toei made for its earlier works. In terms of story, the approach is rather simple. Hols travels to a seaside town and builds up a reputation as a town hero while the main foe tries ridding himself of Hols to kill off the people of the town. This also makes the character types rather simple as you have the opportunist town advisor, the mysterious and conflicted girl, and the hard-working energetic local girl. Such story and characters may seem corny to modern anime fans. But back then, this movie created something different from the episodic storylines and lack of character depth from titles like Speed Racer and Astro Boy.|
In terms of visuals, the artwork and character designs of Hols are pretty dated with the simplistic details of characters and scenery. The animation is a bit of a mixed bag at some points. Most scenes feature some surprisingly fluid movement during intense moments like battle scsnes and the illusionary forest that Hols falls into. But, the choppiness of the movie does show up at a number of points as shown through the two mentioned unfinished scenes and some points in the movie that cut away hinting that something was cut.
Despite the movie's age becoming increasingly apparent in later years, Prince of the Sun is still a worthwhile look for Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata fans to have a look at what the two had animated way back in their early days of animating. This is now the oldest anime title that I have seen to date.
Last updated Saturday, January 24 2009. Created Saturday, January 24 2009.