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Japanese: 犬王
English: Inu-Oh
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 28, 2022
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Science SARU
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MusicMusic, Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.801 (scored by 79187,918 users)
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Ranked: #9572
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Popularity: #4209
Members: 27,003
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After diving for an ancient sword in the waters where the battle of Dan-no-ura was fought and the Heike clan fell, Tomona loses both his sight and his father. Left with few options other than learning to play the biwa, Tomona gains enough skill to join a prestigious troupe of storytelling performers and takes the name "Tomoichi."

Soon after, Tomoichi meets a strange person who finds joy in terrorizing others with his deformed appearance, but is surprised when the sightless storyteller treats him as an equal. The pair become fast friends and begin performing together after the stranger—who chooses the name "Inu-Ou"—discovers that he is able to hear spirits telling forgotten tales of the Heike clan.

Tomoichi changes his name again to Tomoari and uses his music to promote Inu-Ou's underground dance performances, achieving incredible popularity among the masses. However, the brazen and unconventional style they develop challenges traditions that the shogunate values deeply. As the pair's fame continues to increase, they must contend with the forces of tradition that control the society around them.

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Inu-Ou received a nomination at the 80th Golden Globe Awards in the Best Picture - Animated category.

Characters & Voice Actors




Yuasa, Masaaki
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Kiyama, Mizuki
Episode Director, Assistant Animation Director
Nogi, Akiko


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Jun 30, 2022
Sat next to the director himself while watching it at Annecy 2022.

INU-OH is an absolute masterpiece on it's own. While Yuasa is becoming more orthodox with his art style which does not bother me but leaves me with an odd aftertaste, it does not take away the fact that he can still make fantastic movies.

What really helps to watch this film is to absolutely not watch it at home on a laptop if you have the means not to! It is a musical, a concert and theater show at once. The totals, medium close ups and visual effects are deliberately chosen to compliment that style ...
Jun 27, 2022
Inu ou can be a very good movie if you go into it with an open mind.

I watched it a year ago at the Venice Biennale. It was the only Japanese animated entry of the festival, which happened to screen somewhat close to where I lived. I went there just to see it thinking that no matter what, even if I wouldn't get the story at least I would let my eyes feast on what looked like the next great feat of animation, provided by such an indie and original studio as SCIENCE SARU, known for jewels like Devil Man Cry Baby and later ...
Aug 21, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Just saw this in theaters, and I'm not sure if I can call this good or not. I won't make this horribly long, just sharing the vibes of it.

First off, I cannot overstate just how fantastic this film was from an artistic standpoint. Whenever there's a music number (that's right babey, this is a musical), I was absolutely entranced. Mirai Moriyama and Avu-chan absolutely killed it, their performances sucked me into this underdeveloped story more than they should have. Side note, I think it's hilarious that the professional dancer voices the singer character and vice versa? The animation and choreography had the messiness that Yuasa ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Inu-Ou Episode 1 Discussion
DatRandomDude - Aug 19, 2022
25 repliesby Tsulaa »»
Dec 17, 2023 7:34 PM
watching at 5am helps with immersing
mydaddy - Jan 13, 2023
5 repliesby TeeRaySays »»
Dec 12, 2023 8:33 PM
Inu-Oh is finally available for streaming after a long wait!
S0UVIK - Dec 21, 2022
3 repliesby TheFlyingOrange »»
Apr 17, 2023 7:57 PM
Inu-oh is nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes!
DatRandomDude - Dec 12, 2022
4 repliesby ZXEAN »»
Jan 24, 2023 7:12 AM
Where can i watch this
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