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Title (English) Romeo's Blue Skies
Title (Japanese) romio no aoizora

book cover

Fantasy Novel

Notes Creator(s): Lisa Tetzner

A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.

Classification WMT
Synopsis Romeo lives in a village in the mountains of northern Italy, in conditions of abject poverty. The village is stricken by drought, and a child-buyer is sniffing around, looking for children to be bonded for work in Milan. It is rumoured that none of these children return alive. Romeo's father refuses to sell, but conditions become so bad that Romeo volunteers himself. The remainder of the series is about his life on the journey and in Milan.
Review Family | Romeo & Anita This title has been somewhat hyped up by some fans (notably the Techno-Girls, who subtitled it). A WMT title is always worth a look, and prejudice against titles that are not "pure Japanese" [like Bubblegum Crisis, Golgo 13, Streetfighter II, Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland :-) ?] should be resisted. I've sampled several WMT titles now, and have to say that I liked some others (notably Little Women and Little Princess Sara) more than this one, though asides from the lack of a female lead character, it's hard to put a finger on any particular reason why it failed to rouse my enthusiasm.
The story looks like it might be good, but it develops slowly, and, in the opening, seems pitched more firmly than the other WMT at a juvenile audience, though this changes later on. The credit sequence animation looks irritatingly low-budget.
Credits Series Director: Kozo Kusuba
Character Designer(s): Yoshiharu Sato
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 33
Release Jap:VHS, Jap:LD, Jap:VCD, Jap:DVD
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 1995 January 15 - 1995 December 17
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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