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As he did in the popular "Eden and the East" and "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex," writer-director Kenji Kamiyama tells a complicated tale without resorting to dull explanations or pat conclusions.
You feel a warmth after watching it, as there's something in its depiction of imperfect, loving family relationships that stays with you.
Though occasionally lopsided, the mix works well, and should play best to teens raised on Japanese 'toons.
It's not surprising that his new Napping Princess has some spectacular visuals but that it's otherwise flat.
Travels a bumpy road indeed.
It takes a special, innovative, spectacular kind of film to simultaneously invite comparisons with Sailor Moon, The Wizard of Oz, and Primer.
Simultaneously twee and tedious, whimsical and unengaging.
It's hard to resist a movie which packs in battling giant robots, a perky schoolgirl protagonist, self-driving cars, Japan's bullet-train and even the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It starts feeling fairly mechanised itself, every clank of those boysy Transformer knock-offs further drowning out its wistful heroine.
Bolstered by an appealingly plucky protagonist at its centre, Napping Princess ticks most of the boxes for a crowd-pleasing anime adventure.
Both an enjoyable animated adventure and a thoughtful allegory about the importance of pursuing one's dreams.
A magical adventure that speaks to all ages on an emotional level.
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