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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: 7.251 (scored by 3,408 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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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
Nakadai, Tatsuya
Itou, Takao
Akino, Taisaku
Nakayama, Chinatsu
Yonekura, Masakane
Shimegi, Shigako
Takahashi, Masaya


Yamamoto, Eiichi
Director, Script
Tashiro, Atsumi
Sound Director
Fukuda, Yoshiyuki
Tachibana, Mayumi
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

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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
Mar 16, 2016
Bayrock (All reviews)

Kanashimi no Belladonna, literally translated as 'Belladonna of Sadness' or figuratively as 'The Tragedy of Belladonna' is an avant-garde feature film produced by Mushi Production and directed/co-written by Eiichi Yamamoto in 1973. It was loosely inspired by the 1862 book La Sorcière (Satanism and Witchcraft) by French historian Jules Michelet. It's also the third and final installment in the Animerama trilogy conceived by manga god Osamu Tezuka, but is the only one that was neither written nor directed by him.

This isn't your typical anime by any stretch of the imagination. The rating is listed as Rx, but rest assured it isn't intended to induce erotic read more
Feb 24, 2010
Rampant (All reviews)
This is nothing groundbreaking, nothing that will change your world, but it is a fun little psychedelic trip. The few iconic scenes alone, such as her rape early on, leave enough that it is enjoyable even if it is a bit lacking in substance.

The art here is interestingly animated. The colors are always interesting to watch, and the animation mostly manages to be coherent despite the psychedelic nature. It is not always especially fluid, and I think that is what it has the hardest time balancing in a way that is totally watchable. I liked the art the most when the fluidity was best, but read more


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Poll: Kanashimi no Belladonna Episode 1 Discussion
Alicia3000 - Oct 11, 2009
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Feb 14, 9:57 PM
Is the remaster available for purchase or anything?
BasedCereal - Aug 15, 2016
1 replies by Ezekiel »»
Oct 12, 2016 5:07 PM

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