Before “Asahina Mikuru no Bouken,” there was “Peter Pan no Bouken!” This anime came out in 1989, and was recently fansubbed by C1. So does this anime pass the test of time, or is it teh suck?
Peter Pan no Bouken follows (you guessed it) the adventures of Peter Pan. The three kids, Wendy, Michael and John all have dreams about Peter. They all come to the scientific conclusion that Peter is real, and try to capture him. On the prowl is the nanny-dog Nana. At the end of the episode, they’ve set up the trap, and await the appearance of Peter.
I know this is a kid’s show, but it seems awfully slow. They haven’t even met Peter yet! It seems like they spent a lot of unnecessary air time on the parents. I think it’s fair to say that in the next episode, Peter will show up and take the kids to Neverland. Hopefully it’s nothing like Neverland Ranch…
The character designs for this anime are fairly eighties-esque. The kids look pretty normal (and I think Wendy kinda looks like Sakura from Naruto), but Peter looks like he’s had a nose job (like Micheal Jackson!) and Captain Hook looks pretty goofy himself. The Mom is quite hot, and his necktie only makes the Dad’s **** stronger!
For an 80’s anime, the animation is really good! In the first part, where Captain Hook smashes some barrels, you can even see wood particles fly. Before the age of computer assisted anime, this would’ve probably been really hard to do. The anime itself might be old, but the animation works even today.
Overall, Peter Pan no Bouken is a pretty sweet anime. I would’ve liked to see the plot move faster, but I guess they were trying to build up the suspense. The recent retro anime movement (this along with Queen Millennia) seems pretty interesting, and I hope C1 continues fansubbing this one. Definitely check this out if you’re a fan of old school anime, or if you’re interested in seeing what anime looked like before they had all the bells and whistles.