- Like the Clouds, Like the Wind
name = Like the Clouds, Like the Wind
caption = Japanese cover of "Like the Clouds, Like the Wind" DVD
ja_name = 雲のように 風のように
ja_name_trans = Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni
genre = Drama, Fantasy, Historical, RomanceInfobox animanga/Novel
title = Kōkyū Shōsetsu
March 5, 1989
volumes = 1Infobox animanga/Movie
March 21, 1990
runtime = 80 minutes
Nihongo|"Like the Clouds, Like the Wind"|雲のように 風のように|Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni is a made-for-TV
animemovie produced by Studio Pierrotfor NTV and based on the novel by Ken'ichi Sakemi. It is often incorrectly thought to be produced by Studio Ghiblidue to the character designs by Katsuya Kondō(who has worked on many Ghibli films) and the higher quality of the animation for a TV movie. However, Studio Ghibli had no involvement in the film.
Ginga is a simple—yet energetic—country girl, living with her father far from the capital city of the empire. When she learns of an opportunity to become a concubine of the young new Emperor, with the possibility of becoming his head wife in charge of all of the other wives, Ginga convinces her father to let her go. Once there, she meets all of the other potential head wives, each of whom have various reasons for being there. All of them must learn to read and write, learn the history of their country, and learn the proper mannerisms for being in the royal court.
Ginga's enthusiasm tends to get her in trouble more often than not, but it works to her advantage when they learn that the former emperor's head wife, who is not the mother of the current emperor, is plotting treachery against the new emperor, and that a rebellion is headed toward the capital.
The novel, nihongo|"Inner Palace Harem Story"|後宮小説|Kōkyū Shōsetsu, won the first
Japan Fantasy Novel Awardin 1989, and then received sponsorship to become a film from Mitsui Real Estate. The novel has been released in both hardcoverand bunkobonformat.
*Hardcover, ISBN 4-10-375101-0,
Shinchosha, March 5, 1989, ¥1200
*Bunkobon, ISBN 4-10-128111-4, Shinchosha,
April 25, 1993, ¥480
"Kumo Kaze", as it is sometimes called, had its premier broadcast on
March 21, 1990during the vernal equinoxnational holiday, and was shown in an unprecedented no-commercials presentation. The movie was released on Region 2 DVD in 2002. There is no commercial English languagerelease.
Yomiuri Advertising, Studio Pierrot
Tōru Horikoshi(NTV), Makoto Ōno(Yomiuri Advertising), Noritaki Suzuki(Studio Pierrot)
Takeo Mutai(NTV), Kazuo Shimamura(Yomiuri Advertising)
*Animation director: Katsuya Kondō
*Director of Photography:
Yūji Ikeda(Studio YS)
"Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni":Lyrics:
Anju Mana:Composed by: Tetsurō Kugizaki:Arranged by: Etsuko Yamakawa:Vocals: Ryōko Sano
*ja icon [http://pierrot.jp/title/kumokaze/ Studio Pierrot] (official site)
*ja icon [http://www.vap.co.jp/kumokaze/ VAP Video] (official site)
*en icon [http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/k_kondo/kumokaze/ Nausicaa.net]
*en icon [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2041 Anime News Network]
*ja icon [http://f16.aaa.livedoor.jp/~kumokaze/ Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni Web] (fansite)
*en icon [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/buried-treasure/2007-02-08 Anime News Network "Hidden Treasures" review]
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