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Synonyms: Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2012 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2012
Japanese: 龍-RYO-


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2013
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 26 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.821 (scored by 64806,480 users)
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Ranked: #101092
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Popularity: #5625
Members: 13,355
Favorites: 4

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During the turbulent end of the Tokugawa era, many children became war orphans. One of these orphans, a nameless son of a samurai, ends up meeting Ryouma Sakamoto, a man working against the Bakufu government. Impressed by the orphan's skill with a blade, Ryouma gives him the name "Ryo" and lets him travel by his side.

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Ryo was one of four anime to be produced in 2012 for Anime Mirai 2013, a group of anime funded by the Japanese government's annual Young Animator Training Project.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Chigira, Kouichi
Houri, Kouji
Episode Director
Kuroishi, Hitomi
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Music
Iwata, Keiko
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Ending Theme

"Yubikiri (ユビキリ)" by Hitomi


Feb 14, 2024

Ryo was one of the four films of Anime Mirai 2013 (Young Animator Training Project), a project funded by the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs in order to support training animators.
I stumbled upon a lot of sci-fi shorts following the same program, but this is a first for me, feudal Japan was always a great plot setting for me, I just love the mythologies and even the core culture itself, but with this short, I got more than I bargained for...

- Story(7/10):
The story follows a young samurai boy who goes through a very warm yet unfamiliar experience after he loses his parent due to ...
May 20, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Being a single episode anime obviously has its limits, and this anime was no exception to the rule. However, when compared the the other three anime in Anime Mirai 2013, I definitely feel that this one fell short.

My biggest problem with this anime stemmed from the story itself. Personally, I felt it was very disjointed. Although I get that there was a large time skip in between scenes, it just seemed too abrupt and not as connected as it should. Another problem I had with the story is that I just didn't comprehend it as well as I think I should have. This probably ...
Mar 23, 2015
Ryo is a 2013 short that's a part of a project known as Anime Mirai (Young animator training project). These shorts are essentially sponsored platforms that are used to help up and coming animators by providing funding and are usually produced by various studios.

Now being an animated short doesn't imply that it can't tell a coherent story, or atleast execute a premise properly enough in order to draw intrigue into wanting to see more. You don't even have to look far, as two successes that emerged from this same program were Little Witch Academia and Death Billiards. With Academia garnering enough acclaim to have ...

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