Otogi Zoshi: The Legend of Magatama

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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 43334,333 users)
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Ranked: #45352
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Popularity: #4961
Members: 17,782
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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)


Jul 10, 2010
Ok this is going to be a long review as this anime contains 2 very different volumes so I feel they need to be addressed separately.

Volume 1:

Volume 1 is the Heian Chapter and it is set in the Heian period of and it is by far the strongest of the volumes. Focusing on the story of Hikaru and her quest to retrieve the stolen Magatama beads to save the capital of this volume focuses heavily on action and suspense and contains a huge plot twist that I did not see coming and was one of the best plot twists that I have ...
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 ...
May 7, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Otogizoushi was divided into two different arcs that felt like separate series with almost no explanation. The first arc i ended up not liking very much and stopped watching two episodes before the end. All i remember now from it is that it was in the medieval war setting and they are on a quest to obtain a stone. when i came back and continued the series it didn't seem nearly as bad as i thought as lost as i was.

The second arc felt less serious more of a slice of life, comedy, mystery. It was about Hikarus search for her missing brother while ...

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