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Synonyms: Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2011 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2011
Japanese: BUTA


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 5, 2012
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.421 (scored by 48604,860 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #70932
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #6549
Members: 8,800
Favorites: 7

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A few days before Fox officially inherits the treasured heirloom in his family—a mysterious map, the Tufugu Pirates storm into his house and kidnap him, taking the strange map with them.

Buta, a powerful mercenary, is hired by shady characters to help them seek the treasure. In a stroke of great luck, Buta and Fox meet in the underbelly of a pirate ship. Will Fox be able to convince Buta to save him, or will the fabled treasure fall into the hands of crooks?

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Tomonaga, Kazuhide
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Kikuta, Hiromi
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Hirota, Mitsutaka
Kurahashi, Shizuo
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Dec 30, 2016
I don't get why everyone associates this one-off as a furry anime. Have none of you seen Ducktales, Rescue Rangers, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, Looney Tunes, or Tom and Jerry??? They are anthropomorphic animals. Big deal. It didn't focus on anything sexual or anything related to furries. It just so happened that all of the characters were animals.
I really liked this one-off. I wish they would have made a series for it because I enjoyed the characters and wanted them to develop more. I was engaged in the story even though there wasn't really much to go off of. The animation is enjoyable as well. ...
Jun 6, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Buta, a wealthy boy is separated from his family and is captured for his treasure. Through some silly occurrences, a samurai working with the pirates were forced to make a deal with the said kid to retrieve a treasure map.

Similar to Sword of the Stranger in terms of the relationship between boy and samurai fighting off against their fate but with Human like Animal Characters. Potential is there but for me there just isn't much to go on in terms of the overall message.

Seems mixed in theme but what can you do with just 24 minutes for a story like that. In terms ...
Sep 3, 2018
Yeah, you really can't force a heartwarming story. Could be due to the length. That's why this short movie fails for me, even though it had all the makings for a good story/my favorite tropes:

1. Morally gray, anti-hero only cares about himself until he finds something, cute, plucky kid he begrudgingly protects.

2. A mixture of bumbling and competent villains

3. Ninjas and/or samurai

SN: The fox boys' voices are annoying to me. Too cutesy.

Overall, this is the equivalent of a children's' Saturday morning cartoon. No real character development but cute animation and a seemingly fun story (though I was pretty bored). Again, I think if this had ...

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