I absolutely love everything about this series. Its story, characters and setting. Every element has been nurtured to perfection to create a living, breathing world. It's an early indicator of Miyazaki's genius as an animator and storyteller. The story is based on a short novel written by Alexander Key called The Incredible Tide, but Miyazaki took liberties in his adaptation of the story and made many improvements on the events and characters. If you love Miyazaki's work, or love to see one of anime's earliest classics then check this series out. Whether you're a hardcore anime buff or a newcomer to the world of anime, you will not be disappointed.