Donten ni Warau

Laughing Under the Clouds

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Alternative Titles

English: Laughing Under the Clouds
Synonyms: Cloudy Laugh
Japanese: 曇天に笑う


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: 7.511 (scored by 4044040,440 users)
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Ranked: #16122
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Popularity: #1456
Members: 112,343
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When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji Era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumoh line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement—but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

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Characters & Voice Actors


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


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
Magpies (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 5, 2015
Charliegone (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 25, 2015
Stark700 (All reviews)
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. read more
Dec 20, 2014
DeeWonder (All reviews)
Major spoilers. Beware.

I came across this anime by pure coincidence. Out of the very few fall anime in my “to watch” list, Donten ni Warau was not in consideration. But out of boredom, I decided to watch the then released 3 episodes of this anime and I was undoubtedly hooked. Personally, I thought that this anime was just to my tastes. An anime that focuses on brothers’ relation with a cool (yet doting) big brother, a haughty middle brother (with a complex) and a cute little brother with an interesting speech pattern.

This anime was perfect. It made me laugh, cry and a feel a read more

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