Ranked #2239

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
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Unknown
Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.301 (scored by 17,219 users)
Ranked: #22392
Popularity: #1313
Members: 31,815
Favorites: 98
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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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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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Jan 5, 2016
“God does exist right? But if he does, he’s just a wicked mage”

One day, god decided to mess with this world, and introduce a rapidly spreading virus, with a lethality rate of 100%, out of no where, unleashing chaos and panic across the world. Science and politics, these were the initial foundations that the movie was developing on from the start. How an incurable, lethal epidemic could shatter relations and communities across the world. It provided a very realistic and dark view on a possible future for the world if ever such a crisis had occurred. This had made a wonderful hooking introduction.

Then came the read more
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Oct 8, 2015
So my opinions is based on the anime only: Overall, I felt robbed of 2 hours. If you do not mind having some sort of twisted development that leads kinda away from what seems like an obvious plot, then you can watch it. I HATE HOLES in logic, even if its ANIME FANTASY LOGIC, I enjoy tightly constructed story lines.

The art was decent, good enough action scenes, but the main character, honestly I sometimes question why almost half the anime world is made of main characters like this one. (weak, self righteous, adds nothing immediately to crew but somehow manages to survive past more capable 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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Hypothetically, if I were ever to be cryogenically frozen in the hope of people from the future coming up with a cure for a fictional, incurable disease, I would feel a tad concerned. Why? Because anime has taught me that whenever a character does so, they wake up at some undetermined date with the apocalypse seemingly having occurred whilst sleeping - with the character forgotten - and there being very angry, man-eating creatures prowling around. As well as healthy plant overgrowth. I would opt to go back to sleep until the world unbuggers itself, personally.

The above is the premise of both series, by  read more 
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Both are Survival oriented

Both have a variety of different characters

Both are very intense and have gore 
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They both have legend base story. They both have main character as a girl. Both stories are acceptingly heart whelming and beautiful with a unique romance and are somewhat adventurous in my opinion .The characters had lost something important in their lives and try to regain it but they only made it worse what they had. Characters 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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The main character is introduced to a situation and setting in which everyone is in danger of dying by otherworldly means, and has to try to escape from the situation. In order to achieve this, they must figure out a) what the fuck is going on and b) who is behind it all. Both animes start with a large group of characters but by the end most have been thinned out and few survive. Another's ending and answer to the mystery is pretty conclusive... but King of Thorn just leaves you with more unanswered questions. 
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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".
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