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At a Glance: Munto

Updated on May 9, 2017

Munto is the king of a kingdom that is in the process of falling from heaven. Only Akuto, the power that comes from human feelings, can save it. He reaches out to the one human who can see him, schoolgirl Yumemi. However, Yumemi thinks she's going crazy, just seeing visions in dreams. The elders in the Kingdom of Heaven think Munto is committing suicide, but he seems determined to save his people, but he has to convince a frightened Yumemi to awaken her power. Thus begins a magical anime, short in length but epic in scale.

Source Material:
OVA (2 Episodes)
Kyoto Animation
Fantasy, Romance
Additional Material:
Manga, Anime Film


Munto is a spiritual wish fulfillment fantasy. What I mean is, the show validates the feeling that many of us have had where we feel like we've been contacted by other beings. The main character struggles with wondering if she's crazy or daydreaming or actually seeing something real, and I think that's what makes her relatable. She's just an ordinary girl, of course except that she has blue eyes and blonde hair and most of her classmates and friends are brown-haired and brown-eyed (this is nothing new in anime though). She acts as a conduit between worlds, which is kind of a metaphor for spirituality and creativity. The world of magic from which Munto hails is extraordinary, but they're dying, and only human emotional power can save them. The people in the Kingdom of Heaven have been exploiting many places for their Akuto, they drain worlds of emotion and then move on to the next world to exploit. Munto rebelling against them is a way of him taking a stand to create a new celestial order, one not built upon senseless exploitation. But can he reach out to Yumemi, who he sees as the key to restoring the Akuto to his Magical Kingdom, in time?

This anime is breathtaking, beautiful, and emotionally powerful. I definitely want to finish it (it's only 9 anime episodes anyway), and I think it deserves more attention as it's relatively obscure. You can see it for free on YouTube, so definitely check it out.

Rating for Munto: 7/10


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