(Japanese: Shin taketori monogatari: Sen-nen Jôo
- "The new tale of the bamboo cutters: The queen of a thousand years") is a science fiction anime
by Leiji Matsumoto
set in the Leijiverse
. It is (very roughly
) based on a Japanese folktale called Taketori monogatari
which tells of a girl come down from the stars to rule Earth for 1000 years.
Plot: The young Hajime Amamori makes friends with a new girl at school (and assistant to his uncle, an astronomer), Yayoi Yukino. It later turns out that she is in fact an alien sent to Earth to supervise the undercover preparations for the day that the solar system's tenth planet, Lar Metal, will collide with Earth and wipe out all life
on September 9, 1999, at 9:09:09.
After a while, she starts plotting against her destined fate and tries to find a way to save humanity from destruction against the will of her mother
, the queen of Lar Metal
The series was popular in Europe in the end of the 80s/beginning of the 90s, but has never been published on video/DVD. In the US, the series was cut together with Captain Harlock
by Carl Macek/Harmony Gold and published under the name Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years
. There is also a full-length movie which changes the original story somewhat.
This show provides examples of: