Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji

The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Wicked Prince's Hunt of the Big Snake
Japanese: わんぱく王子の大蛇退治
English: The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 24, 1963
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 26 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 6.871 (scored by 13251,325 users)
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Ranked: #55012
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Popularity: #9656
Members: 3,427
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Susanoo, the youngest child of the creation gods Izanagi and Izanami, is a mighty warrior, easily able to defeat tigers with his bare hands. After his mother dies, Susanoo is devastated. Determined to travel to Heaven to find her, he carves a boat out of a tree, and along with his rabbit companion, Akahana, he prepares to cross the ocean.

As Susanoo does not know how to reach Heaven, he first visits his brother, Tsukuyomi, leader of the Night Kingdom, and his sister, Amaterasu, leader of the Light Kingdom. While his siblings can warn Susanoo of the dangers he faces, they are unable to stop him or provide him with the directions to Heaven. As Susanoo continues his journey to the ends of the Earth, Orochi, an eight-headed dragon, awakens to stand in Susanoo's path.

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Winner of the 1963 Oofuji Noburou Award.

Characters & Voice Actors




Serikawa, Yuugo
Takahata, Isao
Assistant Director
Hayashi, Seiichi
In-Between Animation
Ootsuka, Yasuo
Key Animation


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Mar 4, 2021
After five films trying to imitate the whirlwind success of Disney for Japanese audiences that disappointed my expectations in one way or another, TOEI doga finally find their footing and discover a unique identity that would lay the seeds for modern anime, dramatic and complex battle choreography and perhaps most modern Kaiju movies.

Susanoo and the Yamato no Orochi sets its sights on portraying the creation story at the center of Japanese myth itself - Susanoo's search for his mother, the female creator of the Island Nation, Izanami, who departed into heaven. Susanoo is a herculean individual who fails to comprehend the vastness of his own ...
Feb 12, 2019
I've forgotten how I stumbled upon this film, but I was very surprised by what I saw. It lacks in many ways. Story, sound, character. It's a basic retelling of the mythos of Susano'o. Although, making him a more likable character. But the art!

Oh my, the art!

It's absolutely beautiful. I love animation of all kinds. I don't care where it's from, I love animation. The techniques, the history. I see on Wikipedia that when this first came out it made quite the splash in animation circles and I can see why! The scene with the dancer luring Amaterasu out of her cave, and ...

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