Chirin no Suzu

Ringing Bell

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Bell of Chirin
Japanese: チリンの鈴
English: Ringing Bell
German: Ringing Bell
Spanish: Ringing Bell
French: Ringing Bell
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 11, 1978
Producers: Sanrio
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Picture book
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.201 (scored by 64546,454 users)
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Ranked: #37622
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Popularity: #5596
Members: 14,036
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Chirin, a newborn lamb, and his mother live a peaceful life in a meadow. As long as they stay inside the fence that protects them and the rest of the flock, they are free to frolic and graze on the delicious clover leaves. However, their idyllic life is shattered when a wolf named Wor attacks them in the dead of night, killing Chirin's mother.

Struggling to process his mother's death, Chirin swears to become a wolf himself in order to avenge his mother, unaware of what this transformation would cost him.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kamiya, Akira


Katou, Seizou

Chirin's Mother

Nakanishi, Taeko


Takagi, Hitoshi


Hata, Masami
Yanase, Takashi
Theme Song Lyrics, Original Creator
Izumi, Taku
Theme Song Composition, Music
Furukawa, Masashi


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May 30, 2011
I had never heard of this movie before 2009, and the only way I heard about it was through Anime News Network, via an entry in Justin Sevakis' Buried Treasure column. I really liked reading the Buried Treasure columns on there, as it introduced me to anime that I adore to this day, Ringing Bell being one of them. Unfortunately it has since been abandoned. But my curiosity was piqued, I tracked it down on YouTube, and watched the English dub, as it was the only version available back then. Wow, Ringing Bell is seriously one of the darkest, most mature kids movies I've ever ...
Aug 18, 2008
This movie was like a very violent Disney film... It reminds me alot of Bambi for some reason... accept Bambi doesn't go around killing people after his mom dies.

A young lamb's mother is killed by a wolf. The Lamb leaves determined to become stronger and ends up becoming an apprentice of the very wolf who killed his mother in the first place. You see the transformation of the innocent child become a disturbed killer. The moral of the story is actual very deep for something that should be viewed as a child's movie.

Overall this anime hasn't claimed a spot in the hall of ...
Nov 24, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Chirin no Suzu (or CnS for short) is reminiscent of classic, olden-day fables in the duality it strikes between joyful innocence and overwhelming sorrow. Notable for its subversion of the sugary, saccharine nature of modern children's stories, the film refuses to pander to children's base expectations or delicate sensibilities, instead encouraging them to think about the complex lessons and ideas that are illustrated within.

The film's protagonist, Chirin, is a playful, curious lamb without a care in the world until his mother is taken from him by a vicious, bloodthirsty wolf named Woe. Rather than cower in fear at the prospect of being eaten, however, Chirin ...

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