15 October 2006 | emasterslake
The medieval China version of Kiki.
I finally saw this movie for the first time ever. And it's an interesting work of anime.
The story revolves in Ancient China when the Emperor died, his son becomes emperor and must seek candidates to be his wife also known as the Emperor's "Seihi".
Word spread throughout the country putting attention to all the women who are interested in being the Emperor's wife. Ginga, a enthusiastic village girl wants to earn the Seihi title and live an easy life.
Mano of the Eunuchs approved Ginga because she has a good figure. Only problem is she doesn't act much like a well behave lady. Mano tells her that in order for her to be the Emperor's wife she must have manners like a lady. So she attends the school with the other candidates who also want to be the Emperor's wife.
They don't know what he looks like, so that way they'd study hard enough to see him face to face. But would a girl like Ginga be able to accomplish the title of "Seihi" greater than anything else? This movie is mistaken for a Ghibli movie because the character designs are similar to Katsuya Kondou's work who was involved in Miyazaki's works. And Ginga is considered to be the Chinese version of Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service. The sad thing is this title isn't well known to international countries. And very few people know it exists.
Probably because the story has little character development on the extra characters. And it's a TV movie that aired in Japan of 1990. It may not be close to being as perfect as a Miyazaki movie. But it does have some good moments to it including some humor and and well done animation.
It's hard to know when there'll ever be a US release for it, but it can be viewed by Fansubs for the time being. I recommend it to those who like anime influenced on the Chinese culture, cause it has a basic historical events throughout the story.