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Kanashimi no Belladonna

Alternative Titles

English: Belladonna of Sadness
Synonyms: Tragedy of Belladonna
Japanese: 哀しみのベラドンナ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 1973
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Cinelicious Pics
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Book
Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.
Rating: Rx - Hentai


Score: 7.151 (scored by 5,143 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #3471
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The beautiful peasant woman Jeanne is raped by a demonic overlord on her wedding night. Spurned by her husband, she has no outlet for her awakened libido, which develops to give her powers of witchcraft.

(Sources: ANN)


Kanashimi no Belladonna was inspired by the 1862 book La Sorcière (Satanism and Witchcraft) by French historian Jules Michelet. It is the third and final film in the Animerama trilogy conceived by Osamu Tezuka, but it is the only one to be neither written nor directed by him.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Nagayama, Aiko
Itou, Takao
Nakadai, Tatsuya
Akino, Taisaku
Nakayama, Chinatsu
Yonekura, Masakane
Shimegi, Shigako
Takahashi, Masaya


Yamamoto, Eiichi
Director, Script
Tashiro, Atsumi
Sound Director
Fukuda, Yoshiyuki
Nakayama, Chinatsu
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance

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"Aoi Kagami no Naka de (青い鏡のなかで)" by Chinatsu Nakayama

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"Kanashimi no Belladonna (哀しみのベラドンナ)" by Mayumi Tachibana

More reviewsReviews

Jan 28, 2019
ZephSilver (All reviews)
Spellbound in a whirlwind of love, sex, desire, and disaster, Belladonna of Sadness is a blistering wound of emotions and vices. The nature of sin and excess; the act of wanting too much without understanding the cost. A cautionary tale of indulgence as showcased by an unnamed kingdom positioned in the Middle Ages. The unfortunate recipients of which are Jean and Jeanne, a couple young in love in a world far too cutthroat to accept the purity of their union. Their honeymoon, a nightmarish event, forever tainted by the cruel actions of an aristocrat drunk with power. Deflowered and battered, Jeanne, a victim of the read more
Oct 28, 2018
Fleure (All reviews)
A corrupted woman is soaked in sin and gradually torn from her soul. Her purity that was once unscathed is now an unbounded commodity. Piece by piece, she is dismantled until the only thing that’s left is flesh and blood. From the ashes of unadulterated youth, now rises something else. The transformation from beauty to grotesque is immediate. A woman is either a maiden or a witch. A sin or a sinner. An unknowing victim or an unholy perpetrator. The existence of both is morally reprehensible. Here we have the scripture of ye old storytelling embedded in every culture, every time, and in every form.

Nonetheless read more
Aug 15, 2016
literaturenerd (All reviews)

My city's only arthouse theater decided to play this 1973 anime movie recently. I went with a couple buddies and it was...an experience. I will now try explain my mixed feelings on this rather unique film.


This movie is sometimes called "the lost Tezuka masterpiece" although Osamu Tezuka actually left the project quite early in production. Kanashimi no Belladonna or "Belladonna of Sadness" was written and directed by Tezuka's longtime friend and collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto. Yamamoto worked with Tezuka on Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, as well as writing Space Battleship Yamato, the first Space Opera anime.

Belladonna of Sadness is an X-rated read more
Sep 27, 2015
BlancaXLobo (All reviews)
And the award to the most underrated anime of all time goes to a movie produced and realised in 1973, as part of a trilogy by the Manga God, Osuma Tezuka, who leave the proyect. Kanashimi no Belladoona is amovie that the 99,9% of the anime fandom never heard any about. It's really difficut to found it on internet, and that's without subtitles.
But it's a shame. Anime creators like Kuhiko Ikuhara, Utena and Penguindrum's creator, has admitted the influence of this movie. So, why is this film so unknown?
First of all, it's not a typical movie. It's an avant-garde movie, something you will notice just read more


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Poll: Kanashimi no Belladonna Episode 1 Discussion
Alicia3000 - Oct 11, 2009
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Is the remaster available for purchase or anything?
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Oct 12, 2016 5:07 PM

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