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Hermes, a youth who it is said will one day overthrow the evil King Minos of Crete, falls in love with the beautiful Princess Aphrodite. After two pointless musical interludes, he rescues her from the tower where she is imprisoned and decides it's time to defeat Minos. To do this, he enlists the help of the Athenian Theseus and Minos' daughter, Ariadne, "the only one who is sane and religious." After a straightforward run through the events of the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, Hermes turns up at the last moment to kill Minos himself, at which point Theseus and Ariadne sail off into the sunset and out of the story. Hermes is told that he is a reincarnation of the great god Ophealis-though he is told this by Ophealis, meaning he spends part of the film talking to himself. He is given a magic staff and does great deeds all over Greece, before rescuing Aphrodite's blind mother from prison and descending into Hell to kill Minos . . . again. Meanwhile, the childless Aphrodite muses that she wouldn't mind if Hermes took a mistress, only to find that her selfless thoughts have reached the ears of the Goddess of Love. The Goddess shoots her with a magic arrow to make her give birth to an heir. After chatting with some fairies, Hermes resolves to unite Greece, but he suspects it might take a while. Then he defeats his enemies through peaceful means by setting up a trade confederacy which they all want to join.
A lavish but clumsily written combination of Greek myth and half-remembered fairy tales, though occasional scenes of contradictory preaching show its true colors as a publicity vehicle for a religious organization. Based on a book by Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the Institute for Research in Human Happiness, who claims to be a reincarnation of the same alien being who was once Hermes and Ophealis. As with the later Laws of the Sun, it received a very limited theatrical release in the U.S., chiefly at screenings for the faithful, though perhaps a few mystified anime fans were also pres-ent and guessing just which scenarists wisely declined to be credited for this one. The film limped out onto video in 2001, amid hype that preferred to emphasize the director's previous work on Digimon rather than the story's origins.