Guskou Budori no Denki (2012)

The Life of Budori Gusuko

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Synonyms: Gusukobudori no Denki, Biography of Gusuko Budori, The Life of Guskou Budori
Japanese: グスコーブドリの伝記
English: The Life of Budori Gusuko
German: Das Leben des Budori Gusko
French: Budori, L'Étrange Voyage
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2012
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 46 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.251 (scored by 21412,141 users)
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Ranked: #80802
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Popularity: #7469
Members: 6,574
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The fairy tale follows a young man named Budori Gusuko in the Tohoku forests of northeastern Japan in the 1920s. After an onslaught of droughts and natural disasters, Budori is forced to leave his home and search for a better life elsewhere. Budori joins a group of scientists at the Ihatov Volcano Department, which deals with the same natural disasters that drove Budori from his home.

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Winner of the Excellence Award on the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Sugii, Gisaburou
Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Kobayashi, Osamu
Miyazawa, Kenji
Original Creator


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Apr 4, 2013
This movie wasn't exactly what I expected.

In a nutshell, the movie is a slow paced slice of life film of a boy who after a tough childhood is forced to venture out into the world and find his place.

A story that has been done many times before, sometimes done very well and some times not so much. This movie is for me a bit of both.

The main character Budori, I found to be a bit lacking and bland. He shows little emotion and fails to stand out much at all. He is a hard worker and willingly accepts any work he is given without complaint. ...
Mar 19, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Kenji Miyazawa is known for writing children's books and it shows here. This is basically a movie for children, only a bit more challenging.

It's mostly apparent in the main character, Budori. He would be an ideal role model for a child: caring for his family, studying diligently, even WANTING to study, working hard and persevering no matter what. Making a heroic decision in the end only tops it off.

Except he isn't. He shows no attachment to literally anyone but his little sister. Not even his parents, let alone his employers and teachers. Earlier I wrote that he cares for his family - well, technically, he ...
Nov 28, 2022
The art style and designs are obvious hommage to night on the galactic railroad, or, rather "Because it worked once for Miyazawa, let's not reinvent the wheel." The problem is, as always, they just copied the approach without ever getting into why it worked.
I, personally, don't mind any design as long as it doesn't get in a good story's way, but in this particular case it's rather irritating and distracting. It's like they're saying in your face, "You can't enjoy a story intended for children as an adult, because we enforce childish designs over it for no good reason." The same can be said ...

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