Released in 1990. Produced by Madhouse. Animation also by Madhouse.
It happened quite suddenly, with no warning—all the memories of all the people on Earth, swept away as if by a sudden wind. In a post-catastrophic Earth populated mostly by savages without memories of their past civilization, one man travels on a journey of enlightenment and hope, across a devastated America.
This is one of those excellent classic gems that would surely have its idea copied one day for a live action movie. The concept of the story is terrifying. Can you imagine what would you do if you suddenly lost all of your memories? Or if the entire world lost their memories in an instant? A Wind Named Amnesia is well written. It approaches this scary idea realistically with dark, gory scenes; even involving children.
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In the United States, A Wind Named Amnesia is available for streaming on Prime Video. You can watch it for free with ads. If you want an ad-less experience, you can rent or buy it.Watch on Prime Video
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A Wind Named Amnesia can be watched or downloaded from Archive.org (Internet Archive), or downloaded via torrents from Nyaa. These sites are the best, safest, and most dependable resources to get anime for free.
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Is the MKV too big?
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Playing on your TV
The easiest way to play MKV and AVI videos on your TV is with Plex. It streams movies from your computer to your TV through your Wi-Fi. It's a free app. Install it on your Windows or Mac, then install it on your set-top box (Apple TV, Roku, Fire sticks, etc.). Just note that Plex will only detect these movies in an Other Videos library because the “Movies” library doesn't detect rare/obscure anime classics. If you need help, YouTube has tutorials.
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