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Aoi Bungaku Series

Aoi Bungaku Series

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Blue Literature
Japanese: 青い文学シリーズ

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 27, 2009
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

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Ranked: #4832
Popularity: #517
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Synopsis

The series consists of adaptations of six modern classics of Japanese literature: Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) & Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!), Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) & The Spider's Thread (Kumo no Ito), and Ango Sakaguchi's In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita).

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) - A high school student becomes lost and alienated. Despondent and aimless, he falls into a cycle of self abuse, depression and drugs that taints his life for years. Told in three chapters, each chapter deals with a different point in his life and the final chapter leaves him standing alone - an empty and hollow charicature of his former self.

In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita) - A love story between a 12th-century woman and a mountain bandit who abducts her.

Kokoro - A 1914 tale of a young man's life journey during the Meiji era. The work deals with the transition from the Japanese Meiji society to the modern era, by exploring the friendship between a young man and an older man he calls "Sensei". It continues the theme of isolation developed in Soseki's previous works, here in the context of interwoven strands of egoism and guilt, as opposed to shame.

Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!) - An updated retelling of a classic Greek tale of the story of Damon and Pythias. The most prominent theme of "Run, Melos!" is unwavering friendship. Despite facing hardships, the protagonist Melos does his best to save his friend's life, and in the end his efforts are rewarded.

The Spider's Thread (Kumo no Ito) - The Buddha Shakyamuni chances to notice a cold-hearted criminal suffering in Hell. But this criminal did perform one single act of kindness in not stepping on a spider in a forest. Moved by this selfless act, Shakyamuni takes the silvery thread of a spider in Paradise and lowers it down into Hell, but it falls upon the criminal to seize the opportunity and pull himself out - if he can.

Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) - A famous artist is commissioned by a great lord to create a series of paintings depicting scenes of the 'Buddhist Hell'. The artist is unable to paint scenes that he has not seen himself, prompting him to torture and torment the Lord's staff to create his imagined images of hell. His creative efforts taint the household, as the story descends into madness and destruction.

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Ningen Shikkaku
Summary: Ningen Shikkaku: Director's Cut Ban

Characters & Voice Actors

Shigemaru
Shigemaru
Main
Sakai, Masato
Japanese
Sakai, Masato
Akiko
Akiko
Main
Mizuki, Nana
Japanese
Mizuki, Nana
Sensei
Sensei
Main
Sakai, Masato
Japanese
Sakai, Masato
K
K
Main
Koyama, Rikiya
Japanese
Koyama, Rikiya

Staff

Nakamura, Ryousuke
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Asaka, Morio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Miya, Shigeyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design



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Aug 17, 2014
jdbe
Anime being based on manga adaptions are very much common place, in fact, I'm not sure if I know an anime not based off an adaption. However, anime's based on old novels are very rare, and Aoi Bungaku is one of those rare types.

Aoi Bungaku (Or Blue/Evergreen literature) follows the adaptions of some of the most popular Japanese literature in the mid 20th century, and how their messages still resonate today.

As for the story, Aoi Bungaku is split into 5 arcs, one 4 episode arc with three 2 episode arcs. The last 2 episode can be left as either separate stories or together as they read more
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Jan 10, 2011
trzr23

For a long time now, the psychology genre has been dominated by the likes of Elfen Lied, Higurashi, Monster and Requiem for a Phantom. All these anime looked at psychology as the mindset of a murderer or the troubled past of the protagonist, and there were also shows like Death Note, which focused on the mental abilities of two geniuses. This has been the way anime have defined the psychology genre for years.

But, as always, along comes a player that changes the way the game is played.

Aoi Bungaku Series thrusts you into the shows of the protagonists and synchronizes their brain to yours. read more
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Recommendations

Same studio (Madhouse), similar graphics, which are beautiful.
reportRecommended by dvl_ - Add to favorites
Both are based on several classic japanese stories, with each story having different art styles.
reportRecommended by m4rc0 - Add to favorites

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Ending Theme

"We Say Hello" by manami

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