A Wind Named Amnesia

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A Wind Named Amnesia
Kaze no Na Wa Amnesia (pamphlet).JPG
Theatrical pamphlet for the film
風の名はアムネジア
(Kaze no Na wa Amunejia)
Genre Action, Adventure, Post-apocalyptic
Novel
Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano
Published by Asahi Sonorama
English publisher
Published October 31, 1983
Anime film
Directed by Kazuo Yamazaki
Written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Music by Hidenobu Takimoto
Kazuhiko Toyama
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Released December 22, 1990
Runtime 80 minutes

A Wind Named Amnesia (Japanese: 風の名はアムネジア Hepburn: 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.

Plot[edit]

In the year 1999, the world has been reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland due to an inexplicable gust of wind that wiped even the most basic memories, such as speech and civility, from the minds of the world's populous. Wataru befriends a young man named Johnny who, prior to the incident, was part of a government experiment designed to expand the memory capacity of the human mind and, therefore, was able to retain his memories. Johnny helps Wataru regain his speech and teaches him other basic functions. However, as a result of the physical toll his body endured due to the government experiments, Johnny dies after encouraging Wataru to travel the world.

Wataru encounters a strange woman named Sophia after she helps him escape from an encounter with a unmanned Police Mech Unit and agrees to take Sophia to New York City. Together the two travel to Los Angeles where they help save Sue and her father, Little John, from a mob. Sue was to be offered as a bride to appease a "god", which in reality is a Construction Mech controlled by a man, but fled to escape her fate. However, upon realizing that if she were not sacrificed another woman would be in her stead, she flees from the group to rejoin her tribe. Wataru destroys the Construction Mech but Sue is killed in the conflict. Little John remains in Los Angeles to keep order of the tribe and rebuild society.

Wataru and Sophia resume their travels only to be attacked once more by the Police Mech. Sophia rescues Wataru and brings him to an advanced city called Eternal Town for medical attention. When Wataru regains consciousness, he discovers that the city is run by a super computer that has brainwashed two of its original citizens into running the day to day operations of the city. The super computer attempts to persuade Sophia and Wataru into becoming citizens as well but the two escape with one of the original citizens, Lisa. As they depart from the city, Lisa begins to recall memories from her past including the fact that the other citizen who was brainwashed into running the city was her father. As a result, Lisa decides to remain in Eternal Town. Sophia then explains that she is a member of an alien race that is responsible for the wind that erased earth's citizens memories. Sophia makes a wager with Wataru that if he is able to convince another person to join him in his travels, she will return humanity's memory.

Wataru and Sophia are chased across the country by the unrelenting Police Mech until they reach New York City. Upon arriving, Wataru drops Sophia off in order to defeat the Police Mech by himself. After destroying the Police Mech, Sophia saves Wataru as he falls from a building. Sophia leaves in order to rejoin her race and convince them that humanity deserves to have their memories.

Novel[edit]

Japanese Version
English Version[1]

Movie[edit]

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

Staff[edit]

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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