Shiawasette Naani

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Synonyms: Shiawase tte Naani, Shiawase tte Nani, What Is Happiness?, Happy Science
Japanese: しあわせってなあに


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 1991
Producers: Gakken
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Novel
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 15 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 4.831 (scored by 839839 users)
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Ranked: #128852
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Popularity: #11727
Members: 1,697
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After scoring poorly on tests, a young boy named Alto-san sees little point in returning home. While Alto-san broods over his hopeless situation, another young child questions his decision. As Alto-san confesses his struggles, Tenshi-san decides to lift him up and teach him the true meaning of happiness.

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Shiawasette Naani was produced for the Happy Science religious cult.

Characters & Voice Actors


Hatta, Hideaki
Ishihara, Tatsuya
Director, Animation Director
Hatta, Youko
Production Manager
Ookawa, Ryuuhou
Original Creator


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Sep 17, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Shiawasette Naani is a short OVA of some historical interest. It is one of the earliest Kyoto Animation works, and the directorial debut of Ishihara Tatsuya, who went on to direct a huge chunk of the KyoAni corpus. It is also the first in a series of anime commissioned by, and based on the writings of, cult leader Ookawa Ryuuhou.

It is clear that the production values here are not high. The animation is somewhat stiff and choppy. I didn't like the sound design, which combines plenty of awkward silence with some weird, overly-loud effects. The extent to which the voiceovers don't match the characters' mouths ...

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