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Furusato Saisei: Nihon no Mukashibanashi

Furusato Saisei: Nihon no Mukashibanashi

Alternative Titles

English: Folktales from Japan
Japanese: ふるさと再生 日本の昔ばなし


Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2012 to ?
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
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Score: 7.041 (scored by 1318 users)
Ranked: #30452
Popularity: #3130
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Like in any culture, Japanese kids grow up listening to the stories repeatedly told by their parents and grandparents. The boy born from a peach; the princess from the moon who is discovered inside a bamboo; the old man who can make a dead cherry tree blossom, etc. These short stories that teach kids to see both the dark and bright sides of life have passed traditional moral values from generation to generation.

Each half-hour episode of Folktales from Japan consists of three self-contained stories, well-known and unknown, with a special focus on heartwarming stories that originate from Tohoku, the northern region heavily touched by the earthquake of 2011. May this program help cheer up earthquake victims and cast a light of hope for them.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Narrator, Female
Matsukane, Yoneko
Matsukane, Yoneko
Narrator, Male
Emoto, Akira
Emoto, Akira


Hirata, Toshio
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Nakagawa, Shoko
Theme Song Performance
Nobori, Haruko
Color Setting
Kabashima, Yoshio
Character Design, Key Animation

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Apr 4, 2012
If like to learn about other culture tales, and in this case Japanese Folktales, you will probably enjoy this show.

The first thing you must have in mind is that the target public of this show is children. So if are expecting for something very elaborated that's not your show. With that in mind, let's go to the review.

The tales are like Aesop's fables, with a strong allegoric and moral background. But at the same time are simple. This simplicity is reinforced by the way the story is told, with clear and direct language since the narrator to characters.

The sound goes well with the animation, read more
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Apr 1, 2012
This has the feel of a show for young children. Similar to an adaptation of Aesop's fables for westerners, this anime tells traditional Japanese stories that have a strong moral aspect.

The art is unusual and reminds me of My Neighbours the Yamadas (Studio Ghibli). The sound also emphasises the children's show aspect with 'noises' for walking and so forth. The opening and ending songs are sugary and nothing special.

Each episode consists of two or three tales and I think that character development is good for such a short delivery time. These are excellent stories told by a narrator in the style of bed-time story, read more
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Both are narrative and simple in terms of animation, also, while Nihon no Mukashi Banashi tells old traditional folklore tales, Yami Shibai tells scary modern folklore and urban legends. If you liked Nihon no Mukashi Banashi you might want to try out in addition scary tales that Yami Shibai offers.
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If you like Nihon no Mukashi Banashi you might like Kobu-tori, a 10 minute short movie from 1929 about villager with a lump and group of tengu, which is one of the folktales in Mukashi Banashi, if you like folktales you might want to check this old version too.
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Opening Theme

"Hitori no Kimi ga Umareta to sa." by Shoko Nakagawa

Ending Theme

#1 "Arukou, (あるこう)" by Shoko Nakagawa (eps 1-52)
#2 "Pyon Pyon Punyo Punyo no Uta" by Star Flower (eps 53 - ??)

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