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Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei

Alternative Titles

English: Momotaro: Sacred Sailors
Synonyms: Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors, Momotarou: Divine Soldiers of the Sea
Japanese: 桃太郎 海の神兵


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 1945
Licensors: Funimation
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Military
Duration: 1 hr. 14 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.301 (scored by 590 users)
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Ranked: #98512
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A monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and a bear travel southward after resting in their villages at the foot of Mt. Fuji. A squadron flies to Onigashima under the command of Momotarou. Parachutes blossom in the sky. Momotarou and company will take over the island after a swift and successful mission. The village children pretend parachuting with glee as they run towards Mt. Fuji.

(Source: Imagica)


Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei is a war propaganda movie considered to be Japan's first feature-length animation work. It was produced with funding of 270,000 yen from the Ministry of the Navy. The movie was considered lost following the end of World War II, but its negatives were rediscovered in 1982. Shochiku's digital restoration of the film was screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

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Seo, Mitsuyo
Director, Episode Director, Script, Director of Photography
Tanaka, Takeshige
Background Art, Art Director
Kumaki, Kiichirou
Series Composition
Koseki, Yuuji

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Dec 22, 2018
literaturenerd (All reviews)

I have a new laptop and now I'm back to befoul MAL with more silly reviews of bad, obscure anime that nobody asked to be reviewed. Let the universe howl in despair for I have returned! Time to review Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors!


The year is 1945 and Japan is very rapidly losing the war in the Pacific. The Japanese navy has been utterly decimated and is simply unable to keep up with America's manufacturing strength and output. Japan's resources are running bone dry and most of the Japanese merchant fleet has been sunk by American submarines. All of Japan's best pilots were trained in read more
Jul 24, 2017
theGreenDeath (All reviews)
Yes it's a wartime propaganda film, but one that spends as much time with cute animal soldiers packing and eating their bento lunches as it does with any fighting. It's only in the last fifteen minutes of runtime that there's any War at all. There are also extended scenes of singing alphabet songs, hanging laundry and feeding birds.

The animation is amazing, of course continuity is a little jumpy which considering the conditions of it being made make sense, so a lot of the scenes have little jumps and skips in the motion. Still the movement is remarkably three dimensional, and the characters have very expressive read more
Jun 15, 2016
-Flame- (All reviews)
Alright, I can't exactly rate this fairly. This was considered the second anime in history, while the first being "Imokawa Mukuzo Genkanban no Maki."

This anime was made in 1945, when at that time they still didn't know much about colored film. So, for this anime, I'm not going to give it one of those complicated reviews, since it wouldn't be fair when I'm comparing it to anime in this decade.

It doesn't have good animation style, yet what do you expect. The animation style was creepy, but I can see why. It has an old school plot to it, very original.

The highlight, I'd have to say, read more


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