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Windaria

Alt titles: Once Upon A Time

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In a land filled with magic and mystery, two rival kingdoms are readying for war: Isa, the beautiful water-laden city, and Paro, the industrialized wasteland. Windaria follows the tale of two sets of lovers: Marin and Izu, a young pair of farmers who are devoted to one another, and Ahanas and Jill, princess and prince of the rival kingdoms. With war approaching, these star-crossed lovers will experience the true depth of tragedy as they struggle to survive.

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Name Role
Mutsumi INOMATA Character Design
Kunihiko YUYAMA Director
Satoshi KADOKURA Music
Ryuji SASAI Music
Toshihiro NAGAO Producer

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Windaria ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Once Upon A Time ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Windaria roriconfan 7.5/10 Aug 14, 2012
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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
  • Movie (1 ep x 117 min)
  • 1984

One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.

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sothis
Nausicaa and Windaria definitely have a different feel (Nausicaa being a tad bit more light hearted, Windaria being an extreme tragedy), but for some reason I got a similar feel from watching each of these. Nausicaa was the first thing that came to mind when watching Windaria, perhaps for its animation style, or fantasy themes.
Rar
Nausicaa seems to have been an important influence on Windaria, with similar themes and appearance, and the same techno-fantasy setting. Despite being an earlier film, if anything the animation is better, and takes a slightly more subtle approach to delivering its message of conservation and peace. Finally, Nausicaa is more light hearted and optimistic, so will cheer you up after the heavy tragedy of Windaria.
Dragonstar
WINDARIA, and the even poorer hatchet job ONCE UPON A TIME, are direct ripoffs of NAUSICAA. WINDARIA was, in fact, created solely to bring Miyazaki's story to America at a time when direct Japanese exports were harder to accomplish. The comparison between the two is so obvious that it barely needs support; this recommendation exists only to point you towards the superior NAUSICAA, on the off chance that you aren't familiar with it.

Andersen Douwa - Ningyo Hime

Andersen Douwa - Ningyo Hime
  • Movie (1 ep x 69 min)
  • 1975

Marina is a fifteen-year-old mermaid who lives at the bottom of the sea; alongside her sisters, loving father and dolphin friend she explores sunken ships and gazes at human treasures, all the while longing to see the outside world. In secret, Marina swims to the surface one evening and sees a beautiful prince that she instantly falls in love with – but the evil sea witch uses her powers to sink the prince’s ship, casting him into the cold water below. Marina saves her love but remains hidden while he comes to on the shore, leaving her yearning to see him again. To fulfill her desires Marina visits the sea witch and exchanges her beautiful singing voice for human legs – but there’s a catch. If the prince marries another, the morning after Marina will die of a broken heart and will turn into sea foam...

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sothis

Windaria and Mermaid Princess are two entirely different stories, but both have a common similarity: they are romantic tragedies with a deceptively age-friendly tone. Just trust me on this one.

Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg
  • Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
  • 1985

In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?

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Rar
If you liked the more surreal aspects of Windaria, and feel up to a challenge, try watching Angel's Egg. It takes metaphor and symbolism to a whole new level, but be warned that it doesn't have the safety net of the simplistic front story.

Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.

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valondar

Both of these anime are ultimately about people who place hopeless ambition over remaining with one's loved ones. And though Battle Angel Alita is cyberpunk and Windaria is fantasy, something about their standard, old anime look is rather similar. Windaria is the more tragic of the two, and Alita has a greater reliance on action, but I think a fan of one will appreciate the other. 

Chirin no Suzu

Chirin no Suzu
  • Movie (1 ep x 45 min)
  • 1978

As a child, Chirin the lamb is taught by his loving mother to be wary of leaving their pasture; wolves and other predators are a constant threat, though the naïve Chirin believes they would never eat his kind. But when a wolf breaches the perimeter and kills his mother while she protects him, Chirin decides he must do the unthinkable: find the wolf and demand that he trains Chirin to be strong. Chirin must undergo rigorous conditions and be the very thing that he despises so that he may have his revenge, but will he lose himself in the process?

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sothis

Windaria and Chirin no Suzu are both children's stories that absolutely should not be shown to children. They are tragedies, plain and simple - and will definitely appeal to the same fans.