A Wind Named Amnesia

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A Wind Named Amnesia
Kaze no Na Wa Amnesia (pamphlet).JPG
Theatrical pamphlet for the film
(Kaze no Na wa Amunejia)
Genre Action, Adventure, Post-apocalyptic
Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano
Published by Asahi Sonorama
English publisher United States Dark Horse Comics
Published October 31, 1983
Anime film
Directed by Kazuo Yamazaki
Written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Music by Hidenobu Takimoto
Kazuhiko Toyama
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by United Kingdom Australia New Zealand Manga Entertainment
United States Central Park Media
Released December 22, 1990
Runtime 80 minutes
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A Wind Named Amnesia (風の名はアムネジア Kaze no Na wa Amunejia?), also known as The Wind of Amnesia in Australia and the United Kingdom, is a Japanese novel authored by Hideyuki Kikuchi, originally published in 1983 by Asahi Sonorama. An anime film adaptation was released theatrically on December 22, 1990, directed by Kazuo Yamazaki. An English adaptation of the film was produced and released by Manga Entertainment on home video in Australia and the UK and by Central Park Media in North America.


The Apocalypse didn't come with a bang, but with a whimper. Silently, the amnesia wind swept away all of mankind's knowledge. Thousands of years of human civilization vanished overnight as people forgot how to use the tools of modern civilization: who they were, how to speak—everything. Technology decayed as mankind was reduced to the level of cavemen.

Two years later, a young man—miraculously re-educated after the cataclysm—explores this barbaric world while pursued by a relentless killing machine. He is accompanied by a young mysterious woman who is somehow spared the devastating effects of the amnesia wind.


Japanese Version
English Version[1]


Voice Cast[edit]

Character Original Japanese version English dub
Wataru Kazuki Yao Adam Henderson
Sophia Keiko Toda Denica Fairman
Johnny Kappei Yamaguchi Lee Tyler
Lisa Noriko Hidaka Susie Baker
Mr. Simpson Osamu Saka Peter Marinker



The film has garnered some praise years after its initial release. Raphael See of THEM Anime Reviews called the film a sleeper hit and "one of the best titles I've never heard of."[2] Anime News Network in their review considered the film a classic, although noting the ending was weak.[3] Bamboo Dong in her review wrote "Without a doubt, A Wind Named Amnesia is one of the most unique and creative post-apocalyptic tales ever woven. "[4] Critics have praised the production values of the film.[2][3] Critics have generally considered the film thought-provoking and cerebral.[2][3] The original novel the film is based on has also recently received some praise.[5]


  1. ^ "A Wind Named Amnesia/Invader Summer (Novel) :: Profile". Dark Horse Comics. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 - A Wind Named Amnesia". Themanime.org. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b c "A Wind Named Amnesia DVD - Review". Anime News Network. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "A Wind Named Amnesia DVD - Review". Anime News Network. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ "a Wind Named Amnesia/Invader Summer Novel". Mania.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 

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