Shounen Kenya

Kenya Boy

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English: Kenya Boy
Synonyms: Shounen Keniya, Jungle Boy
Japanese: 少年ケニヤ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 10, 1984
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Unknown
Genres: AdventureAdventure
Duration: 1 hr. 55 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 5.211 (scored by 546546 users)
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Ranked: #106752
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It is the year 1941. 11-year-old Murakami Wataru lives with his family, Japanese textile traders operating in British Kenya, when war breaks out between Japan and the Allies. Fleeing into the bush, young Wataru falls headlong into a series of fantastic adventures.

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Oobayashi, Nobuhiko
Director, Editing
Nakatsuru, Katsuyoshi
In-Between Animation
Hamasu, Hideki
In-Between Animation
Ebisawa, Kazuo
Background Art


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Mar 21, 2017
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Kenya Boy, along with being one of the more polite things Trump calls Obama, is also the name of a 1984 kids movie considered "one of the worst ever" by older otaku. The founder of animenewsnetwork listed it among his anime Hall of Shame and that guy has seen about 5,000 anime!


Kenya Boy was based on a 1950s manga that never really gained fame or popularity outside Japan. The manga is basically a Japanese Tarzan ripoff that hasn't aged particularly well. The movie tries to adapt the entire manga and crams WAY too much plot into a 100 minute run time, making the last read more
Dec 16, 2014
BlokeTokes (All reviews)
Shounen Kenya, or "Kenya Boy", is certainly different when placed alongside other things anime. However, one thing should be made clear before going in to view this. Kenya Boy is not a culturally-accurate representation of the country Kenya, and the story doesn't really revolve around surviving in the country. What the story really is, is actually a bit similar to anime with a unique coat of paint. It's a fantasy, action adventure while also not only a shounen by its title, but also by the story. It was a bit of a shame that the story elements made the experience feel less genuine and more read more
Dec 28, 2018
matthigh (All reviews)
There's this concept of a show that is "So Bad It's Good" - as in, it is recognized to be a terrible movie/show, but its terrible-ness is so over the top that it is actually entertaining to watch. In fact, MST3K was founded on this principle.

Kenya Boy is definitely one of those "So Bad It's Good" movies.

As it started, I thought I was in for a standard Coming Of Age story, as a young boy is separated from his father in the heart of Africa at the start of war, and has to fend read more
May 16, 2017
vigorousjammer (All reviews)
An odd film based on a manga by Yamakawa Souji, Shonen Kenya (or, "Kenya Boy"), tells the story of 11-year old Wataru Murakami, who gets separated from his father as they are travelling through Kenya. He must then survive the perils that he encounters, with the help of a few allies he meets along the way.

The story is pretty standard when it comes to adventure films, and it seems to have taken much inspiration from classic black & white jungle adventure films of the 30s and 40s such as King Kong, Gunga Din, or the many others that were released during that era. However, the read more

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