Ranked #2009
Ibara no Ou

Ibara no Ou

Alternative Titles

English: King of Thorn
Synonyms: Ibara no Oh
Japanese: いばらの王


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2009
Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.361 (scored by 14456 users)
Ranked: #20092
Popularity: #1281
Members: 25,866
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"Medusa," a deadly virus becomes a worldwide epidemic. In order to escape from this deadly virus, a handful of people are chosen to be put into a cold sleep, laying in a capsule hoping for the future cure. Kasumi, a teenage girl is one of the 160 chosen for this procedure, and is guided to a Cold Sleep Capsule Center (CSCC) inside an ancient castle. Understanding that it is hardly possible, Kasumi goes to sleep still anticipating for a reunion with her twin sister Shizuku, who also is infected with the virus. As Kasumi and the others awake, they notice that the CSCC is not as they remembered. Just like the story of "Sleeping Beauty," the castle is covered with thorn, and the awaken are attacked by unknown creatures and monsters!
How long were they asleep? Where did the monsters come from? What has happened to the world?

Abandoned in the midst of an enigma, the escapade of the seven survivors begins...


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Adaptation: Ibara no Ou

Characters & Voice Actors

Ishiki, Kasumi
Ishiki, Kasumi
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Owen, Marco
Owen, Marco
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Kuno, Misaki
Kuno, Misaki
Ambler, Judith
Ambler, Judith


Uchida, Kenji
Katayama, Kazuyoshi
Director, Script, Storyboard, Screenplay
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Endou, Hirotaka
Episode Director

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Oct 26, 2009
Every now and then a manga well deserving of praise is adapted into a fairly mediocre anime; unfortunately King of Thorn is one of those adaptations.

The source material is six volumes long; a fine length to adapt into a film, and for the most part the pacing is handled with care. King of Thorn sees a colourful cast of cryogenically frozen characters awaken to a future ravaged by monsters. The introduction is well executed; it grabs your attention and gets you wondering. As the film progresses, it becomes rather typical of the survival horror genre, but the film exhibits a certain freshness as it isn't read more
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Oct 28, 2009
When watching the trailer for this anime film I had big expectations about what I was going to see. Here you have a sci-fi/thriller with killer virus threatening society, survivors trying to stay alive and mysterious monsters inhabiting the area of the last set of people. It sounds good doesn't it? Science fiction happens to be one of my favourite genres of films and on paper his anime adaptation has the potential to be great, however this is one of those films that have a good idea but the way it is executed leaves a lot to be desired.

The first part of the film feels read more
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Nov 28, 2009

But next time in a form of 13×24 minutes long series, rather than a 90 minutes long movie.
To make it clear, how I was able to watch this movie ahead of you. Anilogue filmfestival is being held in Budapest and Vienna, and one of the premier movies was King of Thorn, and I managed to get my hands on a ticket ^^

Now back to the review.

As I mentioned first of, this was a really-really eventful movie squeezed in a very short 90 minutes.

In 2015 a new virus called meduesa raises it's head and spreads worldwide, leaving noone alive who's caught by this epidemic.
However a pharmaceutical read more
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Feb 16, 2013
Now I came into this movie thinking ok make sure you have your brown underwear on because the manga was just that good. The move followed the manga completely... well actually for about the first 15 minutes. Then people who were supposed to be main characters died left and right.

For example the Senator dies after he finds put that Medusa will kill him and sits in a hall to rot/ petrify. some other people do die but Katherine plays a very important role in understanding what Medusa is. Tim doesn't get controlled by Alice (who is alive, and explains her story in the manga), read more
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There are similar themes of nature taking over, although for different causes and reasons. The main characters in both films also strike a few similarities: one being that they suddenly find themselves involved in a situation seemingly beyond their control and that they both have someone very close to them, someone they would go to the ends of the earth for. 
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Both deal with a disease that threatens mankind and the repercussions to those who are frozen waiting for a cure. 
In both anime there's a sci-fi themed prison-like area; deadly virus; group of people struggling to survive; at the end it turns out to be an unexpected twist. 
Both are movies that are fictionally adapted from stories that we all read/heard as kids. 
Both shows deal with making their imaginations become a reality (which is key in both).
The main characters in both have an extremely similar "background".
Both deal with a major company serving as the antagonist of the series, who on the outside seems good but actually has evil ulterior motives. 
Equally confusing and overdone ending. Just before the ending you really start to admire the movie/series but once the ending comes, it turned out you didn't knew anything and still don't know anything.

And also the vision of the end of world. 

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"Edge of this World" by MISIA

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