Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari
- Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me
- by Kenji Kamiyama
The main protagonist is Kokone, a young student who should study for the university entrance exams, however she always falls asleep. The napping brings up strange dreams about fighting machines and even gives hints about hidden family secrets. Unfortunately she cannot ask her father because as a talentful mechanic, he is very busy with working on motorcycles and cars. In fact, the question raises if her visions or dreams are there to bring her closer or farther away from her family or even both? The movie perfectly shows how the states of being awake and dreaming interact and are connected. In fact, it also depicts how easily boundaries can be crossed.
The anime movie has an interesting plot. The setting takes place in two parallel worlds, which means that the story switches between both worlds: The reality and the dream world of Kokone. Even though both worlds differ in many ways, they are somehow connected. Things which happen in the dream, also takes somehow place in the reality. The switching of both worlds at the end is well done but also a bit too much. Particularly, the ending is shown in the view of the dream, however we wanted to know how all these actions might have happened in reality.
“Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari” clearly contains many science fiction elements, but also fantasy aspects such as the magic Kokone uses in her dreams. The dream takes place in ‘Heartland’ where giant robots and monsters called Collosos are fighting. The city is also filled with many cars and Kokone represents a sorceress who can bring electronic things to life such as motorcycles and robots, but also her stuffed bear,Joy. In fact, one can say that the anime shows a machine driven future which is not too distant anymore.
A further important aspect are the emotions and feelings. Kokone sees her father as a hero which is clearly shown in her dream, where he is illustrated as a good man. However, compared to the reality, her father has been arrested and therefore she is alone. Her mom died a long time ago and Kokone barely knows anything about her.
The depiction of the characters were not very well done. They do not show any real personality, even the antagonist does not seem to have clear motives. Kokone’s friend Morio does not show any personality or character depth at all, which makes it unclear to understand why he even plays a role in the movie. Indeed, all characters are flat and not very interesting, whereas Kokone might be the only interesting character in the whole story.
The art is well drawn but not astonishing or remarkable. It is not perfect but okay, we think it could have been a bit better animated. In contrast, the music especially the end theme ‘Daydream Believer’ was a perfect choice. It fits really good and it was sung by Kokone herself. The words of the song are very heart trending and sad. Indeed, it also shows how her father and mother met which also reveals their past.
To sum up, the movie is not bad and is easy to follow. The story is interesting but it could have been better. However it is filled with many adventures and funny aspects. We like the fact that the plot tells the story about the bond between father and daughter and that it is not a love story.