Update Quest 2020 (3)

As I mentioned with the first and also second of these posts, I’m heading back to old reviews and expanding/updating/adding things to them – mostly (but not exclusively) pictures as it turns out.

And so, here are the contestants for update post #3:

Steamboy
Blood Blockade Battlefront
The Napping Princess
Fractale
Armitage III

The Napping Princess (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari)

The Napping Princess (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari) 2017

This film was sweet and at times exciting, with great character design and some distinctive performances too (especially from Mitsuki Takahata) but overall the split storylines introduced a bit of murkiness for me.

Perhaps related to this, the tone seemed to move in an out of ‘younger viewers’ territory.

I’m certainly not claiming that films aimed at kids are bad – at all – it’s just that The Napping Princess maybe could have done a little more to show consequences of some of the big, city-wide events.

On the other hand, no matter your age, if want something that looks great and is full of cute moments and fun characters, then I think this will satisfy. It was interesting to have a car company take centre stage here too, something I haven’t seen over and over.

It probably sounds like I didn’t enjoy The Napping Princess but that’s not so, it’s just that for me it was ‘good’ but not a ‘knock-out’ and maybe I went in with some assumptions that unfairly impacted my overall enjoyment.

3 Stars