Ranked #186

Tokyo Godfathers

Alternative Titles

English: Tokyo Godfathers
Japanese: 東京ゴッドファーザーズ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 30, 2003
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.341 (scored by 40,104 users)
Ranked: #1862
Popularity: #617
Members: 71,228
Favorites: 517
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Synopsis

Three homeless companions—a runaway girl, a transvestite, and an alcoholic—find an abandoned newborn on Christmas Eve while foraging through trash. Using clues found next to the baby, they fan out through Tokyo to find the parents, along the way confronting reminders of their own lives they have nearly abandoned.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hana
Hana
Main
Umegaki, Yoshiaki
Japanese
Umegaki, Yoshiaki
Miyuki
Miyuki
Main
Okamoto, Aya
Japanese
Okamoto, Aya
Gin
Gin
Main
Emori, Toru
Japanese
Emori, Toru
Kiyoko
Kiyoko
Supporting
Noto, Mamiko
Japanese
Noto, Mamiko

Staff

Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Producer
Kon, Satoshi
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Nobumoto, Keiko
Nobumoto, Keiko
Script

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Ode to Joy" by Moonriders



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kiriska
Sep 3, 2008
I started watching this movie knowing little more than that it was directed by Satoshi Kon, and even though I'm a fan of the man's work in general, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

STORY - In brief, Tokyo Godfathers is a heart-warming Christmas story about family. Slightly elaborated, it's a rather unique slice-of-life movie featuring a less-than-average family. Sure, inspiration was taken from an old western film (3 Godfathers), but I haven't seen it, and I don't think having seen it would have affected the charm of this one. (Other than the bare bones, the details of the two movies are vastly different anyway.) read more
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zacoist
Dec 25, 2014
The holiday season is finally here, and with the holidays always come the festivities. Shopping, spending time with family, decorating the Christmas tree, cuddling with loved ones alongside the soft embers of the fireplace: these are all the ideals of a perfect Christmas. After all, there's nothing more to love about Christmas than the gifts or the food, right? Well, maybe if you're a middle-aged salaryman. To our three protagonists, they'd just be happy if they could find a leftover bottle of booze in Tokyo's garbage dumps.

Little did they know that they were setting themselves up for a wild goose chase to find not read more
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mcabreza
Aug 27, 2011
What else can I say... This movie had a great storyline, a huge unexpected twist near the ending, held mystery from the very beginning, had very witty humor (I caught myself laughing out loud many times), characters were well introduced, it was rather heartwarming as well, family-focused, gives definition to what life truly is, pacing and story progression was really good, art was outstanding, I really have to say that I enjoyed this movie A LOT. Made me remember the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future but twisted it up a bit. This was a remarkable movie. I recommend it to everyone. I added read more
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Faust721
Feb 17, 2007
From the creator of Perfect Blue comes Tokyo Godfathers.

Story: This story is about 3 homeless people (a washed-up father/husband, a homo, and a runaway teen) during the Christmas Holidays. The story gets going when they find an abandoned baby at a dump site. Even though one of them wants to raise the baby himself, they knew that they couldn't, so they go on a search for the baby's parents. As this search goes on, they start to learn about each others past's and we see how it ties into the present.

While it may seem like a pretty straight forward concept, Kon Satoshi manages to fully read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Tekkon Kinkreet
Even though the stories are entirely different, one about saving a baby and the other about saving a town, in the end the ones who are truly saved are the main characters that fought to protect what's important to them. Tekkon Kinkreet is just as heart-warming as Tokyo Godfathers.  
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Anime: Kure-nai
The style of Kure-nai immediately put me in mind of Satoshi Kon's work, especially in the character design (not only the art-style, but how well-developed the characters are). Both of these anime have people from less-than-perfect circumstances raising a child as well. 
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Anime: Candy Candy
Characters are not similar; but they like to have faith that their friends will trust, that they will make amends for people when something goes wrong. 
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Anime: NHK ni Youkoso!
Both Tokyo Godfathers and Welcome to the NHK! have hilarious characters while also having a pretty serious overarching plot that shows how life can beat you down. While TG is more serious for the most part, NHK focuses more on comedy. However, it has its fair share of melancholic episodes too, especially towards the end. The color schemes are similar, with a lot of gray and black to emphasize the feeling of loneliness. These are both anime classics, and if you like one of them I'd have to imagine you will like the other. 
reportRecommended by Phenomanan
Anime: Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
Both was produced by same studio (Madhouse). and both tell about family bond .even though wolf children is more fanstasy and tearjerker. On the other hand Tokyo Godfather has funnier storyline.  
reportRecommended by molk2
Anime: Colorful (Movie)
Both of these movies made me laugh and cry. Sometimes I couldn't stand what the characters were doing. However, as the movies go on the characters grow and change discovering new things about life. Even if the plots are different, both movies are about a second chance at life and that's what makes them special. 
reportRecommended by Fujimotobera

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