Mak­ing Waves

Animation Magazine - - Dvds -

BS­tu­dio Ghilbi’s lit­tle-seen and a flashback head a youth­ful month for home en­ter­tain­ment. By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

ack in De­cem­ber, GKIDS gave anime en­thu­si­asts a rare chance to catch this un­der­cir­cu­lated Stu­dio Ghi­bli ti­tle by re­leas­ing a new 4K restora­tion in the­aters.

Now, the 1993 TV movie can be yours to en­joy at your leisure. The poignant story of teenage iso­la­tion was di­rected by To­momi Mochizuki ( Prin- cess Nine, Ranma ½ , Mai­son Ikkoku), lead­ing a team of young Ghi­bli artists.

Adapted from the best-sell­ing novel by Saeko Himuro, the story re­volves around Taku and Yu­taka, whose friend­ship is tested by the ar­rival of a beau­ti­ful and moody trans­fer stu­dent named Rikako.

When Taku joins Rikako on a trip back to Tokyo, an erup­tion of ru­mors force the three friends to come to terms wide world.

With the help of her true love, Eu­gene, Pas­cal the chameleon and Max­imus the horse, and a dar­ing lady-in-wait­ing named Cas­san­dra, Ra­pun­zel post­pones her wed­ding and royal du­ties to ex­plore life be­yond Corona’s walls.

Exec pro­duced by Chris Son­nen­burg ( En­chanted), Be­fore Ever Af­ter ring Stephanie Sheh (Usagi/Sailor Moon), Rob­bie Day­mond (Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask) and Ben Diskin (Fiore), the movie in­tro­duces a fig­ure from Mamoru’s past who re­turns with a well meant but very dan­ger­ous gift, putting the Earth in dan­ger.

The stan­dard edi­tion DVD in­cludes the orig­i­nal 1993 the­atri­cal short Make Up! Sailor Guardians!, which finds Us- Lit­tle Ras­cals and Richie Rich, and ticks all the 1980s toon boxes: Friend­ship, magic, ar­bi­trary head­bands, and a theme song guar­an­teed to drive any adult crazy.

In the se­ries, the mon­key-like Monch­hichis live peace­fully in the tree­top com­mu­nity of Monchia, but they are con­stantly un­der threat from the wicked Horgg (voiced by screen leg­end Sid­ney Miller) and his colony of Grump- lins who live be­low. Luck­ily, Mon­cho (Robert Morse), Patchitt (Frank Welker), Tootoo (Ellen Ber­stell), Kyla (Lau­rel Page) and the rest are al­ways able to out­wit their en­e­mies with the help of wise wiz­ard Wiz­zar (Frank Nel­son).

This is the per­fect ex­cuse to stay in your jam­mies all morn­ing with a big bowl of ce­real. Es­pe­cially if you live in Ore­gon or Colorado ...

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