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Kakurenbo

Kakurenbo

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hide and Seek
Japanese: カクレンボ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2004
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.131 (scored by 11076 users)
Ranked: #28192
Popularity: #1619
Members: 18,269
Favorites: 68
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

Among the ruins of the city, there is a game only children can play. It is called “Otokoyo”; a game of hide-and-seek. But whenever children play this game, one by one they would disappear into the blinds of the buildings… The story begins when a boy enters the world of Otokoyo, to find his missing sister.

Characters & Voice Actors

Sorincha
Sorincha
Main
Suzuki, Masami
Japanese
Suzuki, Masami
Inmu
Inmu
Main
 
Suku
Suku
Main
Kobayashi, Akiko
Japanese
Kobayashi, Akiko
Hikora
Hikora
Main
Takeuchi, Junko
Japanese
Takeuchi, Junko

Staff

Morita, Shuhei
Morita, Shuhei
Producer, Director, Storyboard, Editing
Sajiki, Daisuke
Sajiki, Daisuke
Character Design
Takeuchi, Hiroaki
Takeuchi, Hiroaki
Planning
Wayland, Tom
Wayland, Tom
ADR Director



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Oct 30, 2008 10:43 PM
Venneh
Title: Kakurenbo

Anime: Kakurenbo is a half-hour OVA that was produced as a collaboration between CoMix Wave Inc (known for their work on 5 Centimeters per Second and Voices From a Distant Star), Dentsu Inc (known for their work on Antique Bakery and D.Gray-Man) and Yamatoworks/D.A.C (this was their debut production), and directed by Shuhei Morita (who also directed the Freedom OVA series). Kakurenbo was released on September 1st, 2004 in Japan, was licensed Stateside by the now defunct Central Park Media, who released it on October 30th, 2005.

Story: In a city that's now in ruins, children play the game of Otokoyo (a Japanese version read more
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Apr 19, 2008 3:08 PM
Ranivus
Kakurenbo is a one-shot ova and is Yamatoworks first attempt at an anime. And as the title suggests, its an OVA about hide and seek. But like any good anime out there theres a lot of rules and twists to this 30 minute show. Thirty minutes isn't enough time to flesh out character backgrounds and a deep story but it gives out the rules and punishments of the game all in the beginning of the show. And that gives this show a lot of points from me considering how confusing and crazy the show gets right away. For example one of the rules gets read more
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Nov 22, 2008 7:20 PM
MikariStar
Overall this is a fun little movie that I recommend everyone should watch. It's so short that it's not really a question of "why watch it?" but "why not?" If you still want to know why, then read on.

There is an urban legend that tells about kids disappearing in a strange abandoned city, the protagonist is there to search for his sister while other children have their own reasons to venture into that desolated place reminiscent of the Midgar slums from Final Fantasy VII, such as proving they are not afraid or simply exploring.

The children all wear fox masks as part of their game read more
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Sep 1, 2013 1:20 AM
angelsreview
This starts out really creepy, talking about a game where children wear fox masks to play a hide and seek game and when children will go missing from it. We have a strange band of characters that are brought together by the fight to survive a game that they know they could be killed in. There really isn’t much I can say about the show since I really don’t want to spoil if for you. It’s one I say you should watch. Also would like to note, very rarely does a Writer also become the director of his own show but in this case, it read more
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