Shuten Douji

Shuten Doji - The Star Hand Kid

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Alternative Titles

English: Shuten Doji - The Star Hand Kid
Synonyms: Shuten Doji, Star Demon
Japanese: 手天童子


Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 21, 1989 to Dec 21, 1991
Producers: Dynamic Planning
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Studio Signal
Source: Manga
Genres: HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: DemonsDemons, HistoricalHistorical, SpaceSpace
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 50 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.741 (scored by 814814 users)
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Ranked: #95222
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Popularity: #8523
Members: 2,747
Favorites: 4

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As a baby Jiro was delivered to his foster parents by a massive oni, who said he would return for Jiro in 15 years. When the time comes Jiro must contend with enemy oni, dark cultists, and their minions while attempting to protect both his parents and girlfriend from their depredations. Ultimately he must embark on a journey through the past, future, and other dimensions to embrace his destiny as Shuten Doji reborn.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shutendo, Jiro

Horikawa, Ryo

Shiba, Kyouko

Takagi, Sanae


Gouri, Daisuke


Kawagoe, Jun
Episode Director
Nagai, Go
Original Creator
Campbell, Charles
Editing, ADR Director
Motohashi, Hideyuki
Animation Director


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Ending Theme

"Kukyou Nehan (究竟涅槃)" by Operatic voice

Mar 5, 2018
ShoopDaBoot (All reviews)
The series starts off okay with what seems like a standard dark vs light story. However midway through the series they throw a curve ball and from there this series kicks into overdrive with 2 fantastic episodes.

The 3rd episode is mostly an action horror and does a great job at it with the intimidating villain that cuts his way through everyone in his path.

Very sad well thought out ending. If I were to keep a list of the best endings in anime this would be on it. I have a weakness for parent child stories and the ending hits that weakness very hard.
Nov 29, 2012
BunnyBake (All reviews)
I actually rather liked this anime, it's one of those good old ones where there's a girl that ALWAYS loses all of her clothes at some point and ALWAYS has to be saved.
The actual storyline is pretty sweet, and does actually make sense eventually, and completely fullfills all the supernaturalness it promises.
The amount of blood and guts is satisfactory, and mixes nicely with the amount of 'love' (both maternal, friend and sexual).
Overall i'd say it's worth a casual watch, if only for the sake of having seen yet another anime where the main charecter is a supernatural being that get's read more
Jan 19, 2020
Reviews-rants (All reviews)
Note: the following comes from a video review, links on my profile page.

Shuten-dōji is a myth from the Heian era, as indeed the anime explains, but whereas in history this was perceived as an oni, in this series they are not as much, or perhaps what it tries to do is present a spectrum of this perception of fear. It tries to answer, as so many tales have done that mostly use the analogous concept of 'demons', but mainly asks "why is this felt so, or even, how is it conceived?"

Oni in this sense (could be generally when the creatures are a topic, but in read more

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