Chika Gentou Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki


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Synonyms: Maiden Camellia, Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show
Japanese: 地下幻燈劇画 少女椿
English: Midori
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 2, 1992
Producers: Imagica
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, HorrorHorror
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 47 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 4.811 (scored by 2714727,147 users)
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Ranked: #122222
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Popularity: #2589
Members: 51,944
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Behind the colorful curtains and extravagant performances, there lies the dark side of a circus life, hidden away from the smiles and praises of the audience. Set in early 20th century Japan, Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki highlights the misdeeds that occur in circus camps.

Midori was an innocent young girl who enjoyed her life as an elementary student to the fullest. However, everything changed after her mother fell ill. Eventually, Midori is forced to stop going to school and, instead, sells flowers in the city. When her mother dies tragically, Midori meets a stranger who leads her towards the circus. What awaits her will change her life forever...

In a life where nothing seems to go right, will Midori lose faith and give up? Or will she manage to stay strong in hopes of a better future?


It took 5 years for Hiroshi Harada to single-handily compose, draw, and animate Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki, which required over 5000 sheets to complete.

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Harada, Hiroshi
Director, Episode Director, Script, Key Animation
Maruo, Suehiro
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Seazer, J. A.
Asanuma, Kouichi
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Mar 20, 2008
dvlsweet666 (All reviews)
The movie was really great. Some people might be a little disturbed by some scenes and how the story plot goes or might not feel comfortable with the artwork, but it is to know that the director, Hiroshi Harada, drew the entire movie by himself and he wanted to make it look like a sort of japanese paper play. At first I was being dissapointed about the animation, but later it gets better and really breath takes you for some scenes. The story is wonderful , the characters are wee thought. After seing some drawings from the graphic novel it was based on read more
Oct 9, 2013
ktulu007 (All reviews)
Welcome back, my friends, to horror anime month. This week I'll be looking at Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki. Yes, I know that it was supposed to be Blue Gender. My apologies, but I lost Internet service for several days and wasn't able to quite finish it. So it'll have to wait for next week. In the meantime, let's take a look at this film that was banned in Japan when it came out on account of its imagery. The film was crafted by a single man, Harada Hiroshi. Supposedly he found it impossible to gain sponsors for it and spent his life savings on the project. read more
Jul 14, 2012
Solemnmind (All reviews)
Story: 4/10

The world is not beautiful, therefore it is; a thought-provoking proverb popularized by Kino's Journey that nonetheless leaves its trail in lots of anime. Midori is in this sense the ultimate combo breaker in its determination to depict a cruel world whilst rejecting the vaguest of indications that beauty may lie around the corner. Its unpleasant worldview manifests itself perfectly in young Midori who is taken in by a group of deformed circus artists after the death of her beloved mother.

Her various experiences with these individuals are as far from beneficial as they are from being mutual and the movie is eager to explore read more
Mar 22, 2018
gabrielrroiz (All reviews)
Have you ever experienced a perfect movie? As an avid anime watcher I am always looking for these titles, the one where seemingly everything clicks. Works of such transcendental quality, with impeccable theming and symbolism, that join extremely effective storytelling with gigantic personal and emotional impacts. Shoujo Tsubaki is for me(and for everybody who does not have shit taste) one of those, a piece of fiction without an equal in any media. This review basically is my embarrassing attempt to spread my love for the work, while also trying to prove as flawed, many of the retarded claims made by most of its detractors. Also read more

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