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Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me (2017)
ひるね姫 〜知らないワタシの物語〜 (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari)

Synopsis

Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years.
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Rating

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Pros

Combat/Action
Visual
World building

Cons

Dialogs
Plot
Slow-pace

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Overview

Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me (ひるね姫 〜知らないワタシの物語〜 Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari) is a 2017 Japanese animated fantasy adventure film. It was produced by Signal.MD, written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, and stars Mitsuki Takahata.

Alternative title

– Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me
– Ancien and the Magic Tablet
– Ancien y el mundo mágico
– Hirune Hime, Rêves Eveillés
– Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari
– ひるね姫 ~知らないワタシの物語~
– 午睡公主 ~不為人知的故事~
– Ancien und das magische Königreich

TL;DR Review

The Napping Princess movie tells a multiple layers story, which jumps in and out of a dream fairy tale and real-life.

The animation is superb with cell-shading like for the character design. The world is vibrant and beautiful. The music, however, is fine. Nothing stands out about it.

We see a fairy tale story live out whenever Kokone falls asleep, but it isn’t fully clear how this work or it rules. As it is left ambiguous, it isn’t fully explained which part is fictional and which is real. We see a monster attack in the fairy tale, but what does the monster represent in the real world?

Not only was the plot unclear, but the motivation of the antagonist was also confusing. We get that he wants to take over the company/kingdom, but his plan to do so was also obscure. Why did he want the tablet? His goal is to do what the president wants and how does that benefit him? There are just too many holes in this story.

The movie appears to be aiming for the younger audiences. Villains act like your typical mustache twisting bad guy, that stop to explain his entire plot. This may be the reason why there are so many plot holes. The movie expects us to just marvel at the pretty animation and forget about any discrepancy with the story.

I would still recommend this movie as it is a fun ride if you don’t try to poke a hole in the plot. It kept me engaged the entire 111 minutes. The Napping Princess contains mild mecha combat violence, but other than that should be appropriate for all ages.

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Music

Closing Theme

– “Day Dream Believer” (デイ・ドリーム・ビリーバー) by Mitsuki Takahata

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