Akane is a girl who has no self-confidence. On the day before her birthday, an alchemist named Hippocrates appears from the door of the basement room at an antique shop, and asks her to join him on a mission to save his world. With that, he takes her against her will to the “Wonderland” of happy colors. Inhabited by strange animals and people, this “Wonderland” faces the crisis of losing its colors. What is the life-changing decision that Akane, transformed into the savior of this world, makes at the end of her great adventure?
Adapted from the book Chikashitu Kara no Fushigina Tabi (“Strange Journey from the Basement”) by Sachiko Kashiwaba, an author of fairytales for children, director Keiichi Hara of “Crayon Shin-chan: Fierceness That Invites Storm! The Adult Empire Strikes Back” fame, creates a moving masterpiece about an adventure that takes place on the all-important “birthday” that every person has.
In Japanese with English subtitles.