Known as Hameln no Violin Hiki
Violinist of Hameln movie
The Violinist of Hameln movie is different from any of the others previously reviewed here. It is only half an hour long, and rather than filling that time with deep plot and characters, the writers capture the spirit of the manga by creating a mock D&D free-for-all. I originally saw this movie as a bonus on a fan-subbed tape of Slayers-The Movie, enjoying it even more than the longer movie it accompanied. The Violinist of Hameln is based on a currently ongoing manga by artist Michiaki Watanabe. While the movie is about an event not in the manga, the characters and basic background of the story remain the same.
In the movie, a tiny kingdom called Antifarna is being attacked by terrible armies of skeleton monsters. Suddenly, the attack is stopped as the people and monsters hear the playing of a lone violin. Everyone looks to see that it is none other than the great Hamel the brave.
After Hamel’s showy display of violin skills and a dramatic speech, the townspeople rejoice at the coming of what seems to be their savior. Of course, their hopes are dashed when Hamel awkwardly climbs down the tower, getting his massive cape caught on bricks and finally being stuck, unable to reach the ground.
Meanwhile, Saiza (as in Syntha-Saiza, one of the manga and movie’s many music jokes) come in and destroys all of the monsters with her flute/scythe. Hamel’s party consists of Hamel, Saiza, Raiel (a great pianist and warrior of love), Princess Flute (who constantly whacks Hamel on the head with giant crosses for being a jerk) and Oboe (a tiny but very serious black bird). The five decide to venture to the castle where the monsters originated in order to save the princess of Antifarna.
After a few dog costumes, trap doors and frenzied attack by robot Flute they all make their way to the lair of an evil Medusa creature who loses no time in turning Saiza, Raiel and Oboe into stone. Hamel’s initial response to this is to throw the statues at Medusa. However, when he runs out (after Raiel breaks into many pieces), Flute is unwilling to turn herself into stone. Hamel instead makes use of the magical “Marionette Version” on his violin which allows Flute to harness the feeling of a mother’s love to defeat Medusa and save the princess.
While this may sound like an awful plot, constant gags and unexpected twists make this anime-melodrama extremely entertaining. Most fans of the Hameln manga prefer the movie to the series, because of it’s silly jokes and anti-hero Hamel.
Since the Hameln anime (series, not movie) did poorly in Japan, it is unlikely that any Violinist of Hameln videos will make it to store shelves. Due to the series’s title doing terrible, it would be very hard for fans to show support to the shows as it never made it to the stores. Thankfully, there are fan-subbs available are various websites. A very common Nyaa, however, as fan-subs are legal to a very fine degree*, it cannot be redistributed or to sold for profit. Please, support the show if you enjoy it when it (and if) hits the stores.