Some online anime reviewers have compared the premise and lessons expressed in this movie to a Studio Ghibli film, which isn't too far from the truth. Focused on a princess confined to her castle quarters and desiring to interact with commoners, Princess Arete focuses on lessons of individualism, respect and diversity as shown through Arete's thoughts of wanting to be acknowledged as a person instead of a prize by suitors and the commoners within both her village and the town under the influence of the sorcerer Boax being acknowledged as their own people instead of objects to be used for the personal gain of their rulers. Arete being turned into a traditional princess by Boax's magic for a good part of the film plays up on the young girl being forced to conform into the ideal image that suitors and servants make out for her. Pretty much, this movie is a simple tale of Arete being the walking moral of the themes mentioned above and the movie actually does a decent job expressing them without getting too preachy and features a fresh premise of the traditional fairy tale theme with Arete not being your garden variety damsel in distress awaiting her prince as she does take matters in her own hands dealing with Boax once she gets her bearings back from the sorcerer's magic. This is a perfect film to show off to your kids, provided they can understand Japanese or the series ever gets licensed here in America.
Last updated Tuesday, November 13 2012. Created Tuesday, November 13 2012.