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Hadashi no Gen

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
Genres: Drama, Historical
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Hadashi no Gen
Sequel: Hadashi no Gen 2

Characters & Voice Actors

Kondo, Ryuta
Kondo, Ryuta
Nakaoka, Gen
Nakaoka, Gen
Miyazaki, Issei
Miyazaki, Issei
Nakaoka, Kimie
Nakaoka, Kimie
Nakaoka, Shinji
Nakaoka, Shinji


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

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Aug 30, 2014
Gen is a little boy who lives in Hiroshima in Japan along with his father,little brother,Shinji,elder sister,Eiko,and mother,Kimie,who is pregnant and about to give birth soon.The backdrop is the ongoing Second World War and the year is 1945,the year the world came to a still.The city of Hiroshima is suffering from severe scarcity of even basic food like rice and also medicines and other such necessary commodities of life.Even then,Gen and Shinji are two boys with magnanimous spirits who live life king-size even in the face of adversity.They were a happy family with every one taking care of the others and working hard together to read more
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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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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 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).


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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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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 
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.  
- Both anime is adapting a huge tragedy from the World War II through the eyes of a civilian.
- Both anime show the tragedy in it's pure form. 
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The story tells about the experience of children who lost almost all of his family due to the war.. If you're looking for similar anime like this, then it would be "Hotaru no Haka" and "Hadashi no Gen".. 
Another anti-war movie featuring the life of children during WW2. And besides, both are based on true life stories. 
- 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. 

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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