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In the sixteenth century, Esteban is a Spanish orphan who travels the seas with Mendoza - the man who saved him from dying in the midst of a storm, when Esteban was just a child. With Esteban in tow, Mendoza has set forth to the new world in search of the Mysterious Cities of Gold and riches beyond his wildest dreams - but all Esteban really wants is to search for the location of his father. The duo is also joined by the Incan girl Zia, as only she can translate the writings that will help lead them to the treasure. Mendoza, while seemingly caring, has ambiguous motives; though the intentions of Commander Gomez and Captain Gaspard are clear: find all of the gold that they can, and step on anyone that gets in their way...
In Esteban and Prince Arren we have two very lonely, yet quite intriguing, young characters. They both do not know their place in the world and can not be with their family, whether they wish to be or not. Both boys will also be influenced heavily by two similar character types: In Gedo Senki Sparrowhawk provides the fatherly figure type and Therru is the young girl whom Arren will feel a closeness to, and in Mysterious Cities of Gold it is Mendoza who will try to guide Esteban and Zia as the sweet young girl companion.
As their adventures continue, will Esteban and Arren realize the potential value of friendship as opposed to being alone as they face up to many challenges such as greed-driven enemies, ancient wonders and the unknown?
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
Both Tales from Earthsea and Spirited Away come from Studio Ghibli and don't disappoint in terms of production values - both are lavishly scored and richly animated. These are GORGEOUS to view! Both have the same poignant feel.
If you liked Tales from the Earthsea with its protagonist seeking to run away from his dark inner cursed self, who ends up fighting at the edge of magic to save the world, then Spirited Away's Chihiro's quest to un-curse her parents and escape from the magical alternate realm where she is trapped should resonate with you. And Chihiro's ultimate victory feels as successful as Aaren's redemption.
Both anime heroes each find support and assistance from a new friend who helps to strengthen their resolve and provides valuable clues toward overcoming all obstacles.
If you enjoyed watching either of these films, seeing the other will not disappoint!
Every year that passes, the lifeblood known as mana which sustains the world of Sylvarant slowly ebbs away. The land itself is dying, fields are turning barren, and life itself is on the brink of collapse. In the quiet country town of Iselia the last remaining hope, the Chosen of Martel, begins the Journey of World Regeneration – a quest which, if completed, would renew the world’s supply of mana and bring prosperity once more. However, Colette is not the first chosen to attempt the Journey; many have already fallen before her. Along with the mercenary Kratos and the half-elf school teacher Raine, Colette must travel to each of the elemental shrines and release the seals so that the regeneration can begin.
Arren and Colette are barely out of childhood, yet the fate of their universes lies in their young hands. Journeying through new and strange lands, not only will they discover more about their worlds but also will learn to understand more about themselves, and of the importance of friendship. From desert landscapes and vast forests, to mighty seas and vast ruins, both Anime really try to give a graphic impression of the size and variety of these two worlds.
In Kratos (Tales of Symphonia) and Sparrowhawk (Gedo Senki) we have two mentor figures who also have an initially undisclosed and mysterious past. Are their interests complementary to, or in conflict with, Arren and Colette's goals? As the story progresses our main characters combine with a good friend to create a strong boy-girl partnership, with Colette finding comfort in childhood friend Lloyd, and Arren meeting Therru. Both of these girls, Colette and Therru, share something in common central to the main storyline, which can not be disclosed here without spoiling the plot. There is also a great sense of 'Innocence Lost', with both Arren and Colette having to face up to a life very different from the one they had known so recently, but have had to move away from for various reasons. Ultimately, it is the strength of their friendships that will greatly help in determining the outcome of these Tales
In the rusty and run-down Treasure Town, young orphans in their respective gangs rule the roost and use the landscape as their playground. The violent Black and naïve White are two such orphans who are unafraid of fellow children and Yakuza alike; never have they found a foe who could best them in a battle – until now. A strange man and his even stranger (and seemingly indestructible) henchmen have plans to tear down Treasure Town and erect an amusement park in its place, and they’ll cut down anyone who stands in their way. Can Black and White save their home, and each other?
While very different films each have the same problems but also the same saving graces. Both of them are not directed particularly well, resulting in a meandering and occasionally unfocused tone - but they rest their laurels on the strengths of the backgrounds and animation provided by their name studios - Ghibli for Gedo Senki and Studio 4C in the case of Tekkon Kinkreet; these films are simply so gorgeous to look at and top-drawer in the animation skill and budget employed by the studios so as to overlook any other defects. If you enjoyed one of these films more or less on this level, well, the other may also be for you.