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I agree with other commentators here that though this superficially appears to be a Disneyesque princess movie for little girls who are mad about ballet, it's actually an edgy high camp Gothic steampunk superhero/coming of age epic that handles its complex metafictional narrative with a finesse that would-be literary writers would do well to study.
Unless you are completely unable to read subtitles, I urge you to watch this while listening to the original Japanese soundtrack. The voice acting on the English-dubbed version is putrid.
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