* HeyItsThatVoice: Anybody else expecting to hear a CHUNG CHUNG when they heard the glorious voice of [[LawAndOrderSVU Detective Olivia Benson]]?
* RealitySubtext: One could make an argument that Arren's [[TheHerosJourney journey's]] echoes Goro Miyazaki's career. A son kills his [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki beloved father the king]] for [[OedipusComplex Oediptic reasons]] and [[TakeUpMySword takes his sword]]… Only to find he is incapable of using it and unable to escape the shadows.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Hayao Miyazaki offered to adapt the book in the early '90s, but Ursula K. [=LeGuinn=], not being familiar with his work, turned him down. By the time she watched his films and became convinced he could do justice to the book, he had retired and she had to settle for his son.