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Tabisuru Nuigurumi: Traveling Daru

Tabisuru Nuigurumi: Traveling Daru

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Japanese: 旅するぬいぐるみ ~Traveling Daru~


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2012
Producers: CoMix Wave Films
Duration: 10 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
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Ranked: #14662
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Daru, a cherished handmade stuffed toy, gets lost and separated from its owner one day when at the airport. Determined to find her again, Daru sets out on a journey around the world in search of her. As time passes, the girl begins to forget about Daru. Will Daru be able to find and see his beloved owner again?

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Characters & Voice Actors



Tazawa, Ushio
Tazawa, Ushio
Director, Character Design

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Apr 8, 7:24 AM
Traveling Daru is a short 10-minute film about a young girl who loses her plush toy as her family leaves for America and the journey the toy named Daru takes to reunite with her. It’s extremely sentimental in that the journey visits many sites while also cutting to the girl as she grows up. The loss of the toy has a profound effect on her life as she vividly remembers what it looked like even as she goes into running her own business. Daru’s journey is at times uplifting and depressing, but it wonderfully works out in the end after having traveled the other way read more
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Aug 24, 2012 8:41 PM
A beautiful, calming short that is well worth watching!

Story - 7
It's obviously not got a filled out story, only being 10 minutes long, but that was enough time too draw you into what story there was. The pace was quick but not rushed and that was enabled by the soundtrack which sped it along in the initial stages. My attention didn't waver once because immediately I was interested in the journeys of a tiny, little stuffed toy (presumably made by the young girl) and where it was going. There is no dialogue (apart from 2 sentences at the end in English) but this in read more
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Jan 9, 2013 12:46 AM

Key things to note before even watching:

It's a short ( xx mins. < 30 mins.)
It lacks dialogue (mostly...)

Story: 9/10
--Despite the short having less than 5 sentences, the story is told through the journey of a little handmade toy that was left behind by his owner in a rush to board her plane with the parents. Daru, the toy, ventures to return to his beloved owner and along the way he travels to many countries, searching for her by asking various other objects and animals. He even manages to make a small companion friend, a caterpillar, whom he protects from the elements when he finds that read more
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