Alternate Character Interpretation: The King. Just... just The King. For one, the films establishes that Kato has been ruling with an iron fist for a thousand years, and that only a prince with a white horse and a single friend can defeat him. Well, the King is sure as hell a lot younger that, yet he never set out to kill Kato. Instead, he skipped town to go to Earth and boink Earth women. Then once he gets once pregnant, he goes back to The Land of Faraway and leaves her to die shortly after child birth. The baby is then adopted by uncaring guardians who frequently neglect and abuse him. Oh yeah, it gets even better! It turns out that the King has been keeping tabs on Mio this whole time and never once came to get him. Mio ends up having to get fed up with his guardians and go looking for him before the King makes any kind of effort to get him back. Then it get even better! Mio isn't there even a whole day before he finds out about the quest and has to go on it.
The film treats the King like a kind and wonderful father, when every piece of evidence points to the contrary.
Cliché Storm: Oh boy, where to begin? The entire movie plays like a Mad Libs where you insert fantasy and faerie tale cliches into the blanks.
Let's not even start on the Tolkien plot devices is rips off. A young man (Frodo/Mio) recently comes into a rather sizable inheritance (Bag-End and the Ring/being the prince of Green Meadow Island), who finds out that he must embark on a quest defeat evil forever (kill Kato/destroy the Ring), WITH HIS GARDENER!