6.5/10
225
2 user

Arion (1986)

| Animation, Action, Adventure
Arion begins with his journey to discover a world of poverty and horror where ordinary people are barely surviving through the war. He falls in love with a blind slave girl who is then ... See full summary »

Director:

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Writers:

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (manga), Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Venus Wars (1989)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia. Bubbly reporter Susan Sommers arrives in the capitol of Aphrodia just before ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Stars: Katsuhide Uekusa, Yûko Mizutani, Eriko Hara
Action | Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Amid a supposedly simple escort mission, Joe and his crew experience a failure during their warp travel. They wake up just to find out that the passengers are missing. To make things worse,... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Jim Terry
Stars: Hiraku Takemura, Run Sasaki, Noriko Ohara
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Shôji Kawamori
Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Mika Doi
Possessions (2012)
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

One night of the eighteenth century, in the depths of the mountain, a human being is lost and finds a small temple. In the moment when he enters the room space is transformed into a completely different world.

Director: Shûhei Morita
Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Aoi Yûki, Takeshi Kusao
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The night before the school festival, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all the world functions come to a stop, the only ones that are not affected are a select group of student friends.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Akira Kamiya
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Transylvanian princess, a Japanese high school student and a 2000 year old warrior are selected to be part of a small force of powerful psionic warriors assembled to be the defenders of ... See full summary »

Director: Rintaro
Stars: Tôru Furuya, Mami Koyama, Masako Ikeda
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death.

Director: Rintaro
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Masako Ikeda, Yôko Asagami
Animation | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Based on the manga classic by Keiko Takemiya, Kaze to Ki no Uta, Sanctus, (transliterated in English as "The Poem of the Wind and the Trees") is a ground-breaking movie for many different ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Stars: Noriko Ohara, Yûko Sasaki, Kaneto Shiozawa
Appleseed (Video 1988)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.

Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
Stars: Masako Katsuki, Yoshisada Sakaguchi, Toshiko Sawada
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A teenage boy must fight in an interplanetary war as the only available pilot to a revolutionary new giant battle robot.

Directors: Ryôji Fujiwara, Yoshiyuki Tomino
Stars: Tôru Furuya, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Shôzô Îzuka
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In a barren, war torn future Earth, a soldier and his female comrade look for a lost friend in a quest that would shake their reality.

Director: Satoshi Dezaki
Stars: Kazuhiko Inoue, Maya Okamoto, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Nakahara ... Arion (voice)
Miki Takahashi Miki Takahashi ... Resphoina (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Seneca (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Apollo (voice)
Masako Katsuki ... Athena (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ... Hades (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Poseidon (voice)
Masanobu Ôkubo Masanobu Ôkubo ... Zeus (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Lykaon (voice)
Reiko Mutô ... Demeter (voice)
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Prometheus (voice)
Kazue Komiya Kazue Komiya ... Young Arion (voice)
Ryôko Kinomiya Ryôko Kinomiya ... Gaia (voice)
Toku Nishio Toku Nishio ... Ghyd (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Hercules (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Arion begins with his journey to discover a world of poverty and horror where ordinary people are barely surviving through the war. He falls in love with a blind slave girl who is then captured and imprisoned on top of Olympus by Apollo, who dreams to rule the Titans. Now, Arion must lead an army of ordinary people to fight against the three war lords (Zeus, Poseidon and Pluto) with help from a thief, a giant, a wizard, a mysterious lion-masked man and a flying dragon. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The overall plot and most of the character names are based on Greek myths, although as with 'Aa! Megamisama!' (1993), some of the latter can be difficult to correctly identify because of the multiple transliterations through Japanese into English. In the original myths, Poseidon fathered two children from Demeter: a horse named Arion and a nymph named Despoena (Lesfeena). While there are at least two mythological figures named Lycaon - one was the first king of Arcadia; the other was a Trojan prince - the "Lykaon" character here may instead be based on Deucalion, an analogue of the Biblical Noah, who survived a divine flood that wiped out the rest of humanity. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fist of the North Star (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Pegasasu no Shôjo
Lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Arranged by Mitsuo Hagita
Vocals by Kyôko Gotô
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Greek gods come to vivid life in Japanese animated feature
2 July 2002 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

ARION (1986) is a spectacular two-hour animated feature from Japan that takes as its grandiose subject the war between gods and men in ancient Greece. Its title character is a teenaged boy whose origins are clouded in mystery and who undertakes to upset the reigning order of the gods at a time when Zeus and Poseidon are locked in a bloody power struggle. Taken from his mother, Demeter, as a child, Arion is raised by Hades, the god of the netherworld, who wants him to wage war on Zeus. The boy's true past is eventually revealed, along with the destiny that was mapped out for him long before he was born. He finds a mute girl, Lesphina, a counterpart with an equally mysterious past and hidden powers of her own, whom he feels a common bond with and spends much of the film trying to rescue from Apollo, who covets her.

The plotline is incredibly demanding and takes the viewers on some mystifying detours through a barely recognizable revision of Greek mythology. The gods were supposed to be immortal yet Arion kills three of them with relative ease. Many familiar names from the myths are on hand, either as characters or references, including Chronos, Uranus, Gaia, Prometheus, Pandora, Ares and Athena. There are many dream sequences and travels on an astral plane, using a maze of abstract backgrounds and techniques. By the time we get to the climax, it becomes clear that this is all about that epochal moment in our civilization's past when men wrested control of their destiny away from the gods.

There are a handful of elaborate battle sequences, involving thousands of participants and all manner of weapons. One such scene shows the forces of Poseidon, including fish men, dog warriors and winged reptile men, clashing head on with the forces commanded by Ares and Athena. A later battle shows a rally of ordinary mortals, guided by Arion, armed with the gods' own weapon, a solar-powered cannon left to them by Prometheus for the purpose of attacking Mount Olympus itself.

The animation is consistently stunning and as fluid as one is ever likely to get from Japanese animators, with constant movement and a steady stream of action-packed confrontations, as well as subjective sequences showing nightmares and flashbacks during the hero's altered states of mind. The artwork is beautiful and recreates in vivid terms an ancient world and its myriad characters, ranging from gods to humans to beasts and all manner of hybrids, including Arion's giant, three-eyed protector, Geedo. The character design is also sharply rendered, with each character well-etched and infused with a set of distinct emotions. The director is Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, who served as animation director and character designer on the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (1979) and directed in his own right CRUSHER JOE (1983) and VENUS WARS (1989). He's also an accomplished manga artist whose series, "Rebel Sword," was published in English by Dark Horse Comics.

Another important contributor is composer Jo Hisaishi who provides a masterful, evocative score that easily ranks with his better-known scores for animator Hayao Miyazaki (CASTLE IN THE SKY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, PRINCESS MONONOKE) and live-action star/director Takeshi Kitano (SONATINE, HANA-BI, KIKUJIRO, BROTHER).

ARION is one of many celebrated anime features with a strong underground reputation that have yet to be released in the U.S. (as of this writing). It would most benefit from a theatrical release where it could be seen in all its glory on the big screen.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed