Ranked #590

Hadashi no Gen

Alternative Titles

English: Barefoot Gen
Synonyms: Gen of Hiroshima
Japanese: はだしのゲン


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1983
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Historical
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.951 (scored by 6,103 users)
Ranked: #5902
Popularity: #2208
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It's the summer of 1945. 3 years have elapsed since the war between Japan and USA began. Gen is a young boy living a struggling yet satisfying life in the city of Hiroshima, that has been strangely spared by the bombing taken in almost every other Japanese City. Food is scarce, and Gen's family is suffering from severe malnutrition, which endangeres his pregnant mother. There isn't much spare time as Gen and his little brother Shinji help their father and mother at work and try to make sure their family survives the tought times. Little do they know, what the Americans have in store for the city of Hiroshima and as of the 6th of August 1945, their lives are about to change dramatically.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakaoka, Gen
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Miyazaki, Issei
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Nakaoka, Kimie
Nakaoka, Kimie
Kondou, Ryuuta
Kondou, Ryuuta
Nakaoka, Daikichi
Nakaoka, Daikichi


Macek, Carl
Macek, Carl
Producer, ADR Director
Nakazawa, Keiji
Nakazawa, Keiji
Script, Original Creator
Theme Song Performance
Kawajiri, Yoshiaki
Kawajiri, Yoshiaki
Key Animation

Opening Theme

"Ima Sugu Ai ga Hoshii (今すぐ愛がほしい)" by HARRY

Ending Theme

"Doko kara Kite Doko e Iku no Ka (どこから来てどこへ行くのか)" by HARRY

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Jul 22, 2008
"I dug my father, sister and brother out of the ruins. Their skulls and other bones were intact. I thought humans became like that when they were burnt. When my mother's body was cremated however, there were very few bones. It made me shake with anger that the atomic bomb radiation deprived my mother, who had survived for 21 years, of even her bones. I vowed never to endure wars or atomic bombs"

(Taken from an interview with Nakazawa Keiji by Jonathan Clements.)

On Moday, August 6th, 1945, the US bomber Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb known as "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. read more
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Feb 13, 2015

Barefoot Gen is in my opinion one of the most underrated anime on this site. In the West, it is completely overshadowed by Grave of the Firefly, which is unfortunate because in many ways Gen is actually the superior film! In this review I will be not only looking at Gen, but comparing it to its much more famous and critically lauded brother Grave of the Firefly (Hotaru no Haka).


Pacing and characters:

Barefoot Gen opens by showing the main character, a little boy named Gen, along with his family. Gen has a little brother named Shinji, an elder sister Eiko, a father, and a read more
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Dec 2, 2011
Note: In this review I will be talking about both Barefoot Gen (1983) & Barefoot Gen 2 (1986) in every respect even though there is a 3 year gap in production between the two movies I don’t really feel there is much of a difference with anything in particular. In many ways both films would have worked better a single release. This would have made more sense as the two movies address two different aspects of the given situation. Also considering the subject matter is quite difficult for many to digest I actually feel having the two films separate has hindered the second movie.

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Feb 4, 2009
"The bombing of Hiroshima, as seen through the eyes of a boy."

Barefoot Gen: 9/10

A line from Apocalypse Now kept creeping into my head whilst I watched this - "The horror, the horror..."

Barefoot Gen more than lived up to my expectations. I'd read before watching that it's very similar to Grave of the Fireflies, it being a story about children trying to survive during World War 2, and they are indeed worthy of being spoken of in the same breath. There aren't many films, live-action or animated, that have the sort of impact these films do on viewers.

Barefoot Gen is a story told from read more
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Anime: Hotaru no Haka
A line from Apocalypse Now sums up Barefoot Gen, in particular: "The horror, the horror..."

Essentially the same film. Barefoot Gen has always, rather unfairly, existed in the shadow of Ghibli's own 'war through the eyes of innocent children' masterpiece. Both films are based on the true accounts of child survivors of the bombing of Japan during World War 2. And in both films children are suddenly thrust into the world of adults: having to find it within themselves to protect their loved ones as their world falls apart around them and chaos ensues. In Gen it's the lead's mother; in Fireflies it's  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Pika Don
Both are about the Hiroshima bombing in 1945 and its tragic consequences. While Pika Don is short and informative on the actual act of the bombing, Barefoot Gen builds on the bombing and shows the aftermath with detail.  
reportRecommended by Moudaijoubu
Anime: Glass no Usagi
Comparing Glass no Usagi with both Hadashi no Gen movies - they both describe roughly the same period of Pacific War and a little part of its aftermath. Both deal with misfortunes of the family during military actions and are told from the point of view of the survivor whose autobiography they are based on. Both are antiwar and strongly advocate for peace. 
reportRecommended by Predelnik
Anime: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
- both deal with the aftermath of a destroyed city (Hadashi no Gen being caused from the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 being caused by an earthquake).
- both deal with the after effects of a tragedy as told from a child's perspective.
- both have protagonists that deal with the concept of death on a massive scale.
- both have major themes influenced around family and friendship, and the importance of it during tragic times. 
reportRecommended by mooncosmicpower
Anime: Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku
This series is very similar to Barefoot Gen in that it shows the harsh realities of war through the eyes of a teenage boy struggling to survive. The only difference is Barefoot Gen is more historical and based on true events that happen during WWII. Where as "Now and then Here and "There" is fictional. How ever both share a common theme of the atrocities of war and how people are corrupted and end up killing each other. 
reportRecommended by link9us
Anime: Natsufuku no Shoujo-tachi
Both are 80´s historical anime about Hiroshima. Both portraits kids during the bombing in a realistical way. Both are anti-war and both were made by Madhouse. 
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