Otogi Zoshi: The Legend of Magatama

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: お伽草子
English: Otogi Zoshi: The Legend of Magatama
French: Legend Of The Magatama
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
Premiered: Summer 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.911 (scored by 43514,351 users)
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Ranked: #45512
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Popularity: #5019
Members: 17,920
Favorites: 46

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The year is 972 A.D. in Kyoto, the capital of ancient Japan. Kyoto is becoming a corrupt and run-down city; selfish samurai and onmyoji, who care only about gaining political power are everywhere. To make matters worse the city is suffering from famine and widespread disease. Unable to ignore the condition of the city any longer, the Imperial Court decides to send Minamoto no Raiko, a famous samurai well-known for his archery skills, to recover a legendary gem said to hold mysterious power to save the world. However Raiko also falls ill to disease. Instead his youngest sister, Hikaru, decides secretely to make the journey in his place. Hikaru meets many people, and has many adventures while on her trip for the legendary gem.

(Source: ANN)


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Opening Theme

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1: "Zen (漸-ZEN)" by Attack Haus (eps 1-13)
2: "Ashita wa Kyou to Onaji Mirai (明日は今日と同じ未来)" by Gomes the Hitman (eps 14-26)

Ending Theme

1: "Hoshi ni Negai wo (☆に願いを)" by Chieko Kawabe (eps 1-13)
2: "Cry Baby" by Chieko Kawabe (eps 14-26)


Jan 22, 2009

Someone told me that Otogizoushi has a very realistic portrayal of onmyoudo which was the main reason for my interest, along with the ancient Japan setting. Certain character designs caught my attention too, especially Mansairaku.

-STORY- 8/10

"Some day, I wish to dance only for Hikaru-dono..."

Otogizoushi consists of two story arcs. They are very different, I would even say that in a way they contrast each other. Looking at the two arcs together, I developed some very mixed feelings about the overall anime.

The Heian Arc was amazing. The first few minutes were enough to call it a masterpiece. War, epidemic, people are dying, the world is ...
Feb 27, 2008
Story - This is one of the most unique anime I've ever encountered. Otogi Zoushi is actually split into two arcs - The Heian Arc and the Tokyo Arc. While the plot for the Heian arc is pretty simple to follow (to retrieve all 5 Magatama), it gets interesting towards the end. The last episode of the Heian arc does affect, or rather, create the Tokyo arc's storyline. While it does have some supernatural theme in it, don't expect tons of action. Though it's fun to watch the reincarnation of the characters and how they live in the present time.

Art - Just knowing ...
Mar 2, 2012
Mixed Feelings
Watching Otogi Zoshi's two halves felt like I was watching two completely different titles of varying quality. The series is divided up into two different arcs with the first one taking place in Heian era Japan and the other set in Japan's modern era. The Heian arc was an enjoyable watch exploring the developments of Hikaru, under the guise of her brother Raikou, and her companions trying to gather up several magical magatama needed to halt the depraved conditions of many commoners throughout their kingdom. The arc offers solid developments on the challenges faced by Hikaru's group as they face life-threatening decisions, corruption involving those ...

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