Princess Arete | アリーテ姫 Animezing

Fantasy | Adventure

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Adapted from the English children’s novel "The Clever Princess" by Diana Coles.

Confined to the castle tower by her father, the young princess Arete spends her days reading and gazing out her window. Although expected to stay there until a worthy suitor is found, the clever princess is unmoved by the hollow proposals of the knights who try to win her hand. More than anything, Arete yearns to see the world outside, and often sneaks away to explore the castle town.

One day a new suitor, the sorcerer Boax, promises to turn Arete into a "proper" princess in exchange for her hand in marriage. Using his magic, he enchants the princess and takes her away to his castle to be locked away in its tower. Arete soon realizes that there will be no rescue: if she wants to free herself, she must discover how to break his spell and escape on her own.

Received the Notable Entry Award in Domestic Feature Films at the Tokyo Anime Awards in 2002.



After participating in theatrical movies "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988) and "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1989 ) directed by Hayao Miyazaki, as a line producer at Studio Ghibli, Eiko Tanaka founded STUDIO4℃.

Tanaka has produced theatrical movies such as "MEMORIES" (1995), "Spriggan" (1998), "MIND GAME" (2004), "Tekkonkinkreet" (2006), "Genius Party" (2007), "BERSERK" trilogy (2012), and more. She has also co-produced many titles with foreign companies such as "ANIMATRIX", "BATMAN: Gotham Knight", the video game "HALO", and the TV series "THUNDERCATS". STUDIO4℃ has been creating cutting edge visual works in various genre from theatrical movies, short films, music clips to commercials, and has received many film awards in and outside of Japan. The latest film "harmony/ " (2015) was released in theaters in November 2015 (Japan)

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