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Genji Monogatari

Genji Monogatari

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Synonyms: The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji
Japanese: 源氏物語


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 19, 1987
Producers: TV Asahi, Group TAC
Duration: 1 hr. 46 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 6.821 (scored by 551 users)
Ranked: #37142
Popularity: #3951
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Based on the literary work of Shikibu Murasaki, The Tale of Genji is a story of the Emperor`s second son born by a courtier. Made a commoner, he served as a retainer to the court.

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Alternative version: Genji Monogatari Sennenki

Characters & Voice Actors

Genji, Hikaru
Genji, Hikaru
Kazama, Morio
Kazama, Morio


Sugii, Gisaburou
Maeda, Mahiro
Key Animation
Shikibu, Murasaki
Original Creator
Maeda, Minoru
Key Animation

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May 20, 2009
I read 源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari) last semester for school, and absolutely fell in love with Murasaki Shikibu's work. Naturally, when I discovered an anime based off the tale, I had to watch it. (It can be found on YouTube)

The anime adds a very unique twist to the tale, focusing most on Lady Rokujo's venegeful spirit. With that slightly horror-esque environment, Genji's liaisons have a whole new element, and Genji himself seems more dimensional than in some translations of the tale. If you don't know what I'm talking about, this anime may not make a whole lot of sense to you. The story is vastly read more
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Feb 13, 2008
This anime is based on famous Japanese book - "The Tale of Genji" by legendary writer Murasaki Shikibu. Story of this anime is really captivating and interesting. Main character is male - Genji. Unfortunately he will fall in love with his stepmother ( stepmother is much younger than his father). This sinful love will be forbidden by Genji. I think Genji is character which is controlled by passion. I suggest all to watch this anime. At first glance i was shocked by illustrations, graphic and song themes. because they were so good. i even forgotten that this anime was made in 90's.
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Though "Genji Monogatari" is more concerned about mystical powers, both anime have the similar feeling.
Kenshin as well as Genji strugles hard to save the one he loves and fails just as Genji.
Both stories are filled with love, politics and sadness.

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