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Hakujaden


Alternative Titles

English: The Great White Snake
Synonyms: The White Snake Enchantress, Panda and the Magic Serpent, Legend of the White Serpent, Legend of the White Snake
Japanese: 白蛇伝

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 22, 1958
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Other
Duration: 1 hr. 18 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

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Score: 6.301 (scored by 839 users)
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Ranked: #61402
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Popularity: #6170
Members: 2,104
Favorites: 4
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Synopsis

As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small snake. Unbeknownst to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later, when they are both adults, the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian's pet pandas Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Rintaro
In-Between Animation
Mori, Yasuji
Key Animation
Yamamoto, Zenjirou
Planning
Konno, Shuuji
In-Between Animation


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More reviewsReviews

Feb 23, 2010
sphoenixee (All reviews)
STORY 8/10:
The story is a classic one, I believe it is based on a folk tale. Love between a human boy and a spirit girl, sadly to be disrupted from mankind's general intolerance of spirits. But ultimately, one where love triumphs supreme.

One can also interpret the story as a criticism of institutions (such as religion and society) and the sweeping, preconceived judgments they pronounce without any actual knowledge of the situation; but ultimately again, while a powerful and often disruptive force, one that is overcome by true love.

The subplot with the animals searching for Hsu Hsien is very funny and cute too! Especially when Panda read more
Mar 9, 2017
Niveen_Sleem (All reviews)
If you are looking for a very old anime to watch for, let's say, a challenge or simply because you are curious, this is a very fine specimen. I t works too if you are looking for a movie to watch with a kid. It's a fairytale with an oriental setting instead of a European one.

First of all, I'd like to say don't panic. The movie starts with a song in shadow theatre style. It's only the opening of the movie giving the background of the story then comes the lovable old animation style. The read more
Dec 20, 2016
TrashDax (All reviews)
Fun Fact: This anime is as old as my mother.

Story:
This is based on a Chinese fairytale that I have never heard of before, so I have no idea how faithful this adaption is. As a romance, I found it well done. It's easy to root for the main characters to get together in the end. I don't know if these animals were in the original tale, but they do a good job as filler material. Slightly annoying however was the narrator, who kept describing what we see. Do we really need this?
8/10

Art:
To put this in historical context, this was made one year prior to Disneys read more
Aug 3, 2017
The_Omnipotent (All reviews)
Hakujaden is an interesting case, the very first Japanese animated feature film in color and somewhat of a hallmark in Japanese animation. So much so that the thing that actually got me to watch it was it's being selected as the no.1 anime of all time by the anime magazine Animage.

Dated is probably the best way I can describe the film, it has some quite wonderful, fluid animation, stunning even. Interesting use of colour, blurred objects in the foreground, and baring a few jaring cuts and character expression it looks simply great, often taking much from both traditional and modern art creating a unique aesthetic. read more

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