Benkei tai Ushiwaka

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Synonyms: Benkei vs Ushiwaka
Japanese: べんけい対ウシワカ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 1939
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Source: Other
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Duration: 13 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.251 (scored by 741741 users)
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Ranked: #122492
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Popularity: #12131
Members: 1,463
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Benkei tai Ushiwaka is a short animated Japanese film made in 1939 by Kenzō Masaoka. It is based on the legendary encounter between Saitō Musashibō Benkei, who was collecting swords for the Buddha, and Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who was called Ushiwaka in his youth.

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Kumakawa, Masao
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Apr 21, 2019

It's taken as gospel here on MAL that Ashita no Joe or "Tomorrow's Joe" was the first good anime ever made. I've decided to be even more of a hipster and go even farther back. This is Benkei and Ushiwaka from 1939! While Osamu Tezuka is rightfully remembered as the father of manga, there is far less appreciation for Kenzo Masaoka. Back in the 1930s, Masaoka was inspired by the work of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer to create cartoons depicting traditional Japanese folklore. Masaoka not only introduced sound to anime for the first time, but also introduced the concept of cel animation. Masaoka's apprentice ...
Apr 24, 2019
Mixed Feelings
This is something that I think everyone should watch. It not only gives you a good representation of who we can thank for where we are today, but also how far we've come. With that said, here is a bit of a review.

Story: 6 Without spoiling it, it's another historical animation, with a bit of good action and a story that you will at least find a bit interesting.

Art: 7 It might seem weird giving this a 7, but for 1939, you've got to consider the limitations, and how what you are watching isn't so much about the shine or the sparkles, but ...
Feb 12, 2021
This is not Kenzou Masaoka's best work, even for its time. After the delightful Nonsense Story : Monkey Island, this unfinished work seems rather unpolished in both tonality and consistency. It has a very strong start with incredible detail in both the density of art, clarity of frames and fluidity of movement of the characters, but quickly loses consistency and steam once the crows appear.

The sword choreography is both simple but delightful to watch. The flexibility of the animated medium to employ swift and unrealistic object transformations is used to good effect to create visual gags that seem heavily inspired from both western animations ...

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