The war between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been raging for years. In the midst of this struggle, the prince of the Levamme Empire declares his love for Juana del Moral and vows to end the war in one year, as part of his marriage proposal. When the Amatsukami catch wind of this, they assault the del Moral residence, targeting Juana's life. As a last-ditch effort to bring the prince his bride, the San Maltilia Airforce employs a mercenary of mixed blood—a bestado—to fly Juana to the prince in secret.
SPOILERS SORRY DUDES This movie is not at all what I was expecting. Would I recommend this? I don't know. It's truly up to you. I thought this was going to be a basic princess and the pauper style mission where she gives up all the money and the gold and frolicks off with the poor man to go live in a shack for the rest of their happily little lives but no. They don't end up together in the end, which is kind of nice I will admit. In stories like these, the rich person usually abandons their past relationshihps and/or duties based on a whimsical bond they forged with a total stranger over the course of a couple of days. I thought this story was going along a simialr route up until the very end when it had to be spelled out for me that this wasn't a Hallmark movie. I have words in my head but they just won't come out. All I can think in are images and colors. Think lilac meets navy blue and realizes that the world was never always yellow. The world is full of all sorts of colors, from red to white to black. And through this journey lilac becomes stained with red and turns into a stronger, deeper, more true shade of herself. And navy softens, not exactly tinged with yellow, but rather gold and transforms to a sea green that can easily blend in with the sky. I highly recommend "Sinatra" by Forrest Nolan / "Escapism" Steven Universe
Yes, another reivew where my Overall score doesn't refelect the actual scoring of the rest. Story: The Princess and the Pauper er Pilot. Cute story, well told over the corse of a few days with mild flashbacks. Sadly, the main reason that I liked this story was also ultimately why I didn't like it... Unfortunately I can't explain why without dropping a major spoiler and that is something I don't do in my reviews. Animation: Nothing I wouldn't expect from an anime from this era, and perhaps that's made me a bit jaded in this regard, still the designs were well done, beautifully presented and in the end, visually pleasing. Sounds: I know there were sounds, I pretty sure I heard them, did I care thou? Not really, which in my case is a good thing, someone else whom is more into soundtracks and what not would probably like to murder me in my sleep for such a poor accounting of this but thankfully I remain safely annonomous. Characters: One thing this title lacked, a wide aray of characters well fleshed out and with depth. You really only had 2 characters for most of this and even then they weren't exactly presented with much personality for a good portion of the show. Which made their sudden changes kind of hard to swallow, well more in regards to the princess whom goes from prim and propper to spoiled child back and forth so much that I think I developed a bad case of whiplash. Good news is that they were likable characters so I could turn a blind eye to it. Overall: Once you start watching the show you get a pretty good idea of where it's gonna end and that in of itself made for poor viewing, especially how it ended not just that you saw it coming the whole way. It was a pretty package but when that package delivered holds something you'd rather not partake of the wrapping is hardly important. That being said, there are those that enjoy this brand of romance and to whom I say; Masochists, you will like this one.
Although it's the basic premise of star-crossed lovers separated by a difference in social class, it's simplicity is what makes it a refreshing watch. It's also rare to see an open-ended ending like this one that doesn't make you frustrated, rather it makes the story different from usual by deviating from the cliche happy ending. Although the character designs are typical, personally, I like the character and steady relationship development between the two. The buildup towards the climax is also worth mentioning along with the exceptional fighter jet scenes. Overall, I think this movie is worth a chance and a good watch for those interested in light romance between the elite and commonalty.
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