Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei

Momotaro: Sacred Sailors

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Synonyms: Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors, Momotarou: Divine Soldiers of the Sea
Japanese: 桃太郎 海の神兵
English: Momotaro: Sacred Sailors
French: Momotaro, Le Divin Soldat de La Mer
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 1945
Licensors: Funimation
Source: Original
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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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.

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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
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Kumaki, Kiichirou
Series Composition
Koseki, Yuuji


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Jul 24, 2017
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 ...
Feb 20, 2021
Oh jeez, where do I even start with a film that has such a difficult history? While not technically the first anime, this was the first feature-length anime film. And it's WWII propaganda. There are two ways to approach a film like this: as a piece of entertainment or a historical artefact. Depending on which you opt for, you'll have two very different experiences.

Viewed in isolation, purely on its own narrative merits as a piece of entertainment, Momotaro doesn't hold up. That's not necessarily a failure on its part because its primary aim is to indoctrinate as much as entertain, ...
Feb 13, 2021
This is the first ever feature length animated movie to come out of Japan - and it is an overt propaganda film sanctioned by the Imperial Navy during the peak of the Pacific theatre of the second World War.

Imperial Japan was being embargoed by most of the world's manufacturers at the time - primarily the US, UK and their colonies and resources in the Island Nation were difficult to come across. This was increasingly so in the case of precious goods like celluloid or chemical dyes used for feature length animated films. It was one of the primary reasons why most of the works of ...

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