Donten ni Warau

Laughing Under the Clouds

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Synonyms: Cloudy Laugh
Japanese: 曇天に笑う
English: Laughing Under the Clouds
German: Laughing Under the Clouds
Spanish: Laughing Under the Clouds
French: Laughing Under the Clouds
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2014 to Dec 20, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Doga Kobo
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.491 (scored by 4487744,877 users)
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Ranked: #17102
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Popularity: #1557
Members: 120,208
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In the 11th year of the Meiji Era, the end of the samurai shogunate and the prohibition of swords has left Japan with lasting scars. Displeased by these recent changes, many former samurai plot against the new government, inciting a wave of bloodshed. To counter this movement, the government constructs a colossal prison in the middle of Lake Biwa.

Unofficially assigned to help the police arrest criminals, Tenka Kumou also serves as a ferryman to the Lake Biwa prison with the help of his two younger siblings: the ambitious Soramaru and the enthusiastic Chuutarou. Together with the former Fuma ninja Shirasu Kinjou, the Kumou brothers live a frugal and joyful life mostly dedicated to studying and training.

However, behind this relatively uneventful daily routine, the specter of the "Orochi" curse is starting to spread its shadow over the city of Oumi. According to legend, every three hundred years, Orochi reincarnates in a human vessel—and it is believed that this is the harbinger of an imminent catastrophe. As various groups clash in search of Orochi's vessel, some aim to seal the curse, while others have darker plans in motion.

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Donten ni Warau was released on Blu-ray and DVD as Laughing Under the Clouds by Funimation Entertainment on August 23, 2016.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Haraguchi, Hiroshi
Enomoto, Takahiro
Sound Director
Takahashi, Yuuya
Script, Series Composition
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Arrangement


Opening Theme

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1: "Biran no Kaze (毘藍ノ風)" by Ryuuji Aoki (eps 2-6)
2: "Ryuuten no Hi (流転ノ陽)" by Ryuuji Aoki (eps 8-11)

Ending Theme

"ATTITUDE TO LIFE" by Galneryus

Dec 21, 2014
SPOILER FREE! This review is going to be split into two parts: subjective and objective (or the difference between my heart and my mind).

We'll start with OBJECTIVE. The art is aesthetically pleasing and the character designs are unique enough that you don't mix up anyone. It pulls off both serious and cutesy expressions very well, but that's standard for shoujo. It also showed me a male outfit that made me go "WTF" in the same way I look at the suits in Kill la Kill.

The animation is mediocre at best. The fights are nice towards the end but the beginning is pretty lazily done (a ...
Jan 5, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Like I usually do, I go to my favorite anime website every season and watch the 1st episode of each anime. If I'm somewhat into it, I usually stick around; and this one caught my attention.

Basically it's your typical good vs evil anime with the good guys primarily focusing on the 3 brothers, while the 1st two older brothers are far more interesting, the third and youngest...well honestly could've done without him. Didn't really do much or affect much of the story except for maybe like 5 or 10 minutes of the story in ALL of the series. Really. Like your typical good vs evil ...
Jan 25, 2015
Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds) is a rare breed. I say this for its ability to tell a story guided by events of the past with a greater focus for the future. Taking place in the present time with a trio of brothers, they have the duty of ferrying convicted criminals as result of high levels of crime rate. That’s the least of their concern though as we find out a malevolent legend known as the ‘Orochi’ that lurks from the past. Should we even call it a legend? It’s known that every 300 years, the Orochi will reincarnate to bring forth destruction. ...

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