I love it! As an older adult, I'm delighted with the calm pace of the story, the lack of adolecent hyperactivity which taints recent film. I think of these characters, they are authenitc, deep and complex. I like the art; it's accurate to life, modest in color, almost perfect! The people really look like people, similar to studio Ghibli's work.
Best, how I would love to fly to Mars in a dirigible! To explore the canals Pecival Lowell mapped, the romance of Ray Bradbury's lonely Martian cities! Mars paitently awaits people with the courage and ambition to explore her... I wonder how many of you have forgotten the gutsy barnstormers of the past? It was not so long ago that great men built their own flying machines, unconventional machines like gyrocopters and even high-altitude dirigibles and flew! Perhaps to me Tsuruta Kenji's story is real, while in your mind it is impossible; that is the twist of the tale, and adds to why I love it. With the demise of NASA, building our own rockets truly is the future. Let's go!
I just wanted to note that there is another film called Miss China's ring, released earlier, in 1996 or 1997. As so often happens, it seems that other reviewers of this film have these two films confused.