otterdisaster’s review published on Letterboxd :
Even as his first directed movie, you can already see a lot of the Ghibli-isms that would reoccur over the next few decades.
The action is zany and frantic, the characters are fun and likable, and the movie is laugh-out-loud funny in a lot of parts. However, even without any knowledge of this being a series, the movie felt a bit stretched and lengthy, even at its crisp runtime. Not just an intriguing historical document, this is a delightful popcorn flix.