Bavel no Hon

Bavel's Book

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: バベルの本
English: Bavel's Book
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1996
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 5 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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A boy and his young sister were curious about the book someone had left on a bench, and they opened the book. Then the small Tower of Bavel was completed on a page. Looking into the tower, they found an old man sitting and reading a book, surrounded by innumerable books. As the man turned pages, mythical animals appeared and disappeared.


Characters & Voice Actors


Makino, Yui


Yamamura, Koji
Director, Creator


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Apr 2, 2018
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Rate a 6
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A story about stories. Portrayed to the audience that can get the most rewards that being children. Growing up is annoying. There are a lot of things to learn. Most of which can be tragic. Reading used to be a method of escape. With words clever use of depiction of images allowed one for at least a brief moment to put aside one's matters and escape into the dream before them. Sadly the era of televisions/computers changed that dream. Only time will tell if that was for the better or worse in terms of knowledge/benefits. I personally find this modern area to ...
Jan 31, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Bavel's Book is a 1996 TV special by independent director and animator Koji Yamamura that tells about two siblings who find a mysterious book left on a bench and what happens to them after they start reading it. For its five-minute length, the anime presents a simple yet interesting story that comprises:
- a short adventure with a twist;
- a fair bit of surrealism that involves merging our reality with the reality inside the book;
- and also a cultural reference to Jorge Luis Borges - a famous Argentinian writer who is widely considered one of the key figures in the magical realism genre.
In general, with this ...
Sep 18, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Ah, the wonders of fiction and literature with a certain Mr Jorge Luis Borges acting as a cameo. In fact, this short animation is the epitome of what Jorge Luis Borges is famous for – magic realism. The animation that begins with a seemingly realistic world is slowly unfolding into a short adventure with a touch of fantasy/magic. The mesh between reality and fantasy is quintessential of magic realism and the animation shows exactly that. It even features something that reminded me of Borges’ short story The Library of Babel.

However, as much as this work is (perhaps) some sort of dedication for Jorge Luis ...

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