From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature – Independent, at this year’s Annie Awards.
The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa often dozes off, entering a dream-world called Heartland full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But when her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is kidnapped for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, uncovering a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.
With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, Napping Princess is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.
My family (husband, children ages 6, 9, and 1.5 years old) and I sat down and watched this film on Wednesday. We all enjoyed it very much. The story drew us in right away with its interesting plot line and its mix between reality and the dream world.
This story has magic which is actually technology and coding. There are creatures, robots, self-driving cars, and a flying two-seater motorbike. I love how this was tied to the dream world and reality in such a way. This completely grabbed my technology-loving children which are fascinated how it all works and my eldest has even gotten into coding.
We liked how the magical dream world and real melded, and while it did affect real, it also had its dangers.
The characters we found interesting and my children loved the little blue dog named “Joy”. There were no surprises on who the bad guy was or real big twist or turns but we still enjoyed the story.
Concepts such as the importance of family, teamwork, acceptance, moving forward, and following your dreams can be taken away from this film.
The bonus features were interesting and we liked hearing from Kenji Kamiyama about the story behind and how they went about making Napping Princess.
If you are looking for an interesting family-friendly anime movie to sit down and watch with the family, we recommend this one!
- Interview with Kenji Kamiyama
- Special Interview with Cast
- Intro at Japanese Release
- Okayama Scenery
- Special TV Program
- Trailers and TV Spots
Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and on EST/VOD, Napping Princess is now available for pre-order (releases January 30th).
* I have received this product for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased product review; all opinions are my own.*