Shounen Sarutobi Sasuke

The Adventures of Little Samurai

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sasuke, the Young Sarutobi, Magic Boy
Japanese: 少年猿飛佐助
English: The Adventures of Little Samurai
German: Der Zauberer und die Banditen
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 1959
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Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 22 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 5.911 (scored by 11391,139 users)
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Ranked: #99402
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Popularity: #10820
Members: 2,409
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"Magic Boy" was the first ever Japanese animation to be released theatrically in North America.

Sasuke, a boy vexed by an evil witch, studies magic and uses his powers to defeat her.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sakuramachi, Hiroko


Yabushita, Taiji
Daikuhara, Akira
Director, Key Animation, Character Design
In-Between Animation
Ootsuka, Yasuo
Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Sarutobi Sasuke (猿飛佐助)" by Kamitakada Boys' Choir

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Nov 6, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Script - A boy learns magic to defeat an evil witch. It's a simplistic black and white tale that only children would appreciate in terms of writing. Historic anachronism isn't something I'm a fan of and the film surely had value for its time, where japanese people were still trying to restore their cultural pride. But it's simply unavoidable to not ignore the silliness in which the plot is based. The protagonist goes after the witch and means to defeat her because she harmed one of his animal friends, but instead of facing a specific struggle, everything is quite easy if you think about it. ...
Mar 4, 2017
Mixed Feelings
I would like to state first and foremost that this is an extremely important anime historically. This was one of the first theatrically released feature films from Toei Animation. It was also one of the first colored anime features films. The impact that this film had on anime as a whole is huge. That said, this film has not aged very well.

Story: 4
The story is all over the place. It takes forever for the main conflict to get started. First we follow some woodland creatures until one of them gets killed. Then we follow Sasuke as he goes to train and learn magic. Then there's ...
Mar 23, 2019
Following Hakujaden, this picture also begs the question of why the screenwriters couldn't simply mesh what was clearly meant to appeal to children and the actual storyline. These old movies can feel so divided between the gratuitous cuteness and what supposedly matters. I know the moral lesson, whichever it is, can only be absorbed by sticking to the latter, but that takes a lot of potential quality away. Like with Hakujaden, I'd rather spend one hour watching cute animals doing cute stuff than boring main characters fighting over something I don't care about that happens to be constantly discontinued for the sake of pleasing kids, ...

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