Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko

Pom Poko

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ
English: Pom Poko
German: Pom Poko
Spanish: Pom Poko
French: Pompoko
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 13, 1994
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genre: Award WinningAward Winning
Theme: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.301 (scored by 6302463,024 users)
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Ranked: #27422
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1962
Members: 108,275
Favorites: 317

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With the increasing need for Tokyo to expand as one of Japan's major cities, inevitable sacrifices must be made so that changes can take place. One of these sacrifices is that the room for nature and wildlife to flourish will decrease significantly over time. As this decline continues, many animal communities experience the brunt of urbanization. One such community known as the "Tanuki," a type of magical shape-shifting mammal, is caught up in a struggle to defend their beloved forest from being absorbed by the looming threat of an expanding Tokyo.

As more and more Tanuki find themselves with nowhere to hide and territorial fights become increasingly regular amongst the different factions of the community, the elder Tanuki Oroku decides that something must be done. For the sake of their home as well as the safety of their future generations, the Tanuki unite as one with the hope that together they may be able to repel mankind's construction projects and scare them away from the forests using their shapeshifting abilities.

But as they begin their first attempts at sabotage, the Tanuki soon realize the operation will be no easy task. Will they reclaim their forest as a united community, or will they be torn apart by a war against humanity, blinded by anger and pain after witnessing nature's destruction?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The film won the 1995 Annecy International Animated Film Festival for Feature Film. It also won Best Animation Film at the 49th Mainichi Film Awards.

Characters & Voice Actors


Nonomura, Makoto


Ishida, Yuriko


Kamiya, Akira



Gyobu, Inugami

Ashiya, Gannosuke


Hayashiya, Shouzou

Hage, Yashimano


Daimyoujin, Kincho




Takakemori, Gonta



Suzuki, Toshio
Takahata, Isao
Director, Screenplay, Original Creator
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Pannetier, Jean-Marc
Script, ADR Director


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Ending Theme

"Itsu demo Dare ka ga (いつでも誰かが; Always, someone is...)" by Shang Shang Typhoon


Jun 9, 2010
Pom Poko is one of my favorite anime movies, although that's not to say it's a perfect movie. The documentary-style opening , complete with uninspired narration, will lull most people into a false sense of security before the second half. If you can stay awake for the second half, prepare to be blown away.
The Tanuki's transformation prowess here makes for some of the of the most imaginative and unrestrained animation I've ever seen. A careful eye will notice Kiki, Totoro, Porco Rosso, and Galaxy Express 999 during the parade sequence. The tanuki themselves fluidly turn without restraint into hyperrealistic, humanistic, and charicature forms. ...
Apr 8, 2017
Mixed Feelings

Studio Ghibli is generally synonymous with quality. Led by Hayao Miyazaki and his lifelong friend Isao Takahata, Ghibli has come closer to batting 1000 then any movie studio I can think of. However, if you delve into the more obscure Ghibli films you can find some that while still good...are a little less than perfection. This is definitely one of those.



The plot of this 1994, Takahata penned Ghibli film is that a community of magical tanuki (raccoon dogs) are being threatened by deforestation and must fight back against the loggers. Basically take the plot of 1992's Ferngully and add massive hairy balls. The tanuki around ...
Dec 31, 2015
I had absolutely zero interest in watching Pom Poko. I never intended on watching it, I never intended on caring about it, I honestly didn't think I'd like it, and I had other anime to watch. Plus, an anime entirely about tanuki just didn't appeal to me, and probably never will. I was so sure I would go through my life never watching this movie...unfortunately, I took a class on Japanese supernatural creatures in college, and on the last day of classes, my teacher made us watch this...and my fears were correct: not only was this movie disappointing, but watching it just made me feel ...

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