Kumo no Yôni, Kaze no Yôni (1989, JAP) C-79m. ** D: Hisayuki Toriumi. Starring (the voices of) Ryoko Sano, Junko Takahata, Ikuko Tani, Yôko Asagami, Yô Inoue. Historical anime about a country girl, who is chosen to become one of the new emperor's concubines and finds the transition from country life to life in the palace really difficult. First, she has to endure six months of training and is rivalled by many beautiful girls. Not bad, quite well-animated Ghibli-style (some of their animators and designer worked on this), but plot lacks momentum and drama. Based on a novel by Ken'ichi Sakemi. English title: LIKE THE CLOUDS, LIKE THE WIND.

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