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


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Ranked: #46492
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Popularity: #4080
Members: 25,775
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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 ...
Apr 21, 2019
Appearance and technicality is not everything in an anime : These 3 short movies produced by the Studio Ponoc seems more a beautiful technical demonstration of the studio pure animation capabilities than real narrative works, in-depth reflections or compelling/original stories.

The first one is a mildly fantastic family friendly scenario with superficial events, classic stereotypes and extremely predictable outcomes.
The second one is an ordinary slice of life story about allergy.
The last one which seems at first the most original of the three was obviously inspired by John Carpenter's version of the Invisible Man and ends up in an ordinary fashion instead of bending to ...
Jan 12, 2019
"Chiisana Eiyuu: Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen (Modest Heroes)" is Studio Ponac's second movie project after their debut film, "Mary to Majo no Hana (Mary and the Witch's Flower)". The film is a collection of three non sequential shorts that each tell a unique story about a heroic character and his or her respective journey. "Modest Heroes" is obviously not going to beat "Mary and the Witch's Flower", but it's still an enjoyable watch and it did certainly kept me interested the whole way through.

Short One: "Kanini & Kanino"
"Kanini & Kanino" surrounds the tale of two crab siblings whose life of living underwater becomes ...

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Does anyone know where I can watch this?
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