Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru

Spring and Chaos

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Synonyms: Kenji's Spring
Japanese: イーハトーブ幻想 Kenjiの春
English: Spring and Chaos
French: Spring and Chaos
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 14, 1996
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Tokyopop
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 56 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.271 (scored by 28302,830 users)
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Ranked: #28392
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Popularity: #6583
Members: 9,036
Favorites: 50

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A unique biographical sketch of the life of the great modern Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, Spring and Chaos is a highly stylized and intense film that draws on Miyazawa's writing techniques to tell his life story. Miyazawa often used animals as the main characters in his stories and poems, and it is this technique that allows director Shoji Kawamori to recreate Miyazawa's fanciful land of Ihatov and use it as the backdrop for Miyazawa's life. Beautiful and affecting, Spring and Chaos is a fitting tribute to one of Japan's greatest writers.

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Kawamori, Shouji
Director, Screenplay
Satou, Hidekazu
Director, Episode Director
Gounod, Charles
Theme Song Composition
van Beethoven, Ludwig


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May 29, 2016
How do you make a fitting tribute to a great person? Well, this is how. It's *exactly* how it needed to be in this case: poetic and extremely heartfelt.

Spring and Chaos is a short parable on Kenji Miyazawa's life as an adult, directed by Shoji Kawamori of Macross and Escaflowne fame. Of course, one cannot expect a comprehensive life account in less than an hour's time—thankfully, the movie doesn't attempt that. Colorful and deliberately surreal, it instead relays the atmosphere of Miyazawa's works and the circumstances of their creation, the physical and emotional turmoil he was going through in his short life, and his unique ...
Jul 11, 2010
I came across this movie whilst searching around and I needed something to watch so I thought I'd give it a try. It's not very long, barely and hour but for such a short movie that would seem to be a child's animation, I was very impressed. I of course watched the dubbed version - it wouldn't have mattered to me - and though the voice acting was a bit shaky, it didn't take away from the actual story. I was very impressed by it's mix of CGI renders and animation, the effects taken on during one scenes left me speechless.

This movie really isn't ...
Mar 29, 2013
A truly unique and enjoyable anime.It tells the story of rich businessman son: Kenji Miyazawa who tries to find deeper meaning to life and his place among society. As the son of a rich businessman it would be easy to undertake the role of the family business and live in relative comfort and splendor.But kenji yearns for adventure and so tries his hand at different jobs to see if he can find any answers to life.

The main character Kenji Miyazawa is a bit of an oddball,his idealistic view of life and carefree attitude is a point of contention between him and his father and ...

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