Chiisana Eiyuu: Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen

Modest Heroes

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Synonyms: Ponoc Tanpen Gekijou, Ponoc Short Films Theatre
Japanese: ちいさな英雄-カニとタマゴと透明人間-
English: Modest Heroes
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 24, 2018
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ponoc
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 17 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.841 (scored by 1424414,244 users)
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Ranked: #49402
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Popularity: #4254
Members: 28,086
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Kaniini to Kaniino (Kanini & Kanino)
Under the faint sound of fluttering fairy wings, a forest stream is the home to tiny anthropomorphized freshwater crabs. Siblings Kanini and Kanino live peacefully with their father while their mother is above the surface to give birth. However, during a fierce storm, their father is lost downstream, so the siblings set out to find him on their own. But the waters are not free of danger, and a flesh-hungry piranha could be hiding behind any stone.

Samurai Egg (Life Ain't Gonna Lose)
In a carefully monitored hospital room, one boy writhes in pain at the mere taste of eggs. His name is Shun, and he has had a severe egg allergy his whole life. As a child, Shun is careless and his condition is frustrating—as it is to his mother, who is constantly battling his egg intolerance and near death experiences. But, through perseverance, Shun learns to live despite the amount of eggs in the world around him.

Toumei Ningen (Invisible)
An invisible man starts his monotonous day as usual—by putting on clothes and the weight of a fire extinguisher on his shoulders to keep his airy body grounded. Although he interacts with the tangible world, no one actually seems to acknowledge his presence. That is, until he meets a kind-hearted blind individual in a heavy storm, one that may show him the purpose of his isolated life.

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Chiisana Eiyuu: Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen was released in North America by GKIDS on October 10, 2018 and Blu-ray & DVD was distributed by Shout!Factory on June 18, 2019. It was released on Blu-ray & DVD in Japan by Walt Disney Japan on March 20, 2019.

The movie was initially envisioned to consist of four segments, the fourth being directed by Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata; however, due to his death on April 5, 2018, the movie was released with only three segments.

Characters & Voice Actors


Nishimura, Yoshiaki
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Director, Script, Key Animation
Yamashita, Akihiko
Director, Script
Momose, Yoshiyuki
Director, Script, Animation Director


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Feb 2, 2019
MODEST HEROES, a 53-minute (yes, that's how long it is) animated feature which is actually three fifteen-minute featurettes in one program, is the second animated release from Studio Ponoc. Founded in 2015, the fledging studio found success nationwide with their first feature, the charming if derivative MARY AND THE WITCH'S FLOWER. That film, handled by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and many other former animators at Studio Ghibli (who temporarily closed in 2014 but thankfully reopened recently), was more of a crowd-pleaser and technically more of a "Best of Ghibli" kind of showcase. MODEST HEROES, on the other hand, is something quite different, and may actually be all ...
Jan 3, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Chiisana Eiyuu: Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen (2018)

A classic example of putting too much into the trailer(s). The trailer(s) also had the best of the music.

3 independent stories showcasing, great right? yes, they are good but they also lack any sort of greatness. The second one is especially emotional but then that 20 seconds of emotion cannot make up for the rest of the episode. The last one ends in a really stupid way and the first one was a bit meh.

The animation styles of all 3 are different and are pretty well done just nothing to tell home about for a ...
Jan 6, 2023
This was one of the stupidest things i've ever watched
For starters the whole thing tries way way too hard to be emotional, starting with the hypermelodramatic first part

Kaniini to Kaniino:
Super melodramatic music accompanying a dialogue made up exclusively of... the characters names
This isn't something impossible to make work, but it is extreamly difficult to pull off, and Modest Heroes did not in the slightest, annoying AF is the only thing it pulled off

Samurai Egg:
This one was the nail in the coffin that absolutely made my blood boil
An entire episode feturing a mom panicking and fearmongering about food allergies, congratulations you just glorified the most unhealthy ...

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