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Otogizoushi


Alternative Titles

English: Otogi Zoshi: The Legend of Magatama
Japanese: お伽草子

Information

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
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.101 (scored by 2,944 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #30282
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2910
Members: 10,561
Favorites: 35
7.10
Ranked #3028Popularity #2910Members 10,561
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Episodes: /26

Synopsis

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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Characters & Voice Actors

Mansairaku
Mansairaku
Main
Miki, Shinichiro
Japanese
Miki, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Tsuna
Watanabe, Tsuna
Main
Miyake, Kenta
Japanese
Miyake, Kenta
Minamoto, Hikaru
Minamoto, Hikaru
Main
Mizusawa, Fumie
Japanese
Mizusawa, Fumie
Matsumushi
Matsumushi
Main
 

Staff

Nishikubo, Mizuho
Nishikubo, Mizuho
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kou, Yuu
Kou, Yuu
Episode Director
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Suzuki, Kaoru
Suzuki, Kaoru
Episode Director


Edit Opening Theme

#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)

Edit 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)




More reviewsReviews

Takai
Jan 22, 2009
-INTRODUCTION-

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 read more
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Captain-Pimp
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 read more
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ggultra2764
Mar 2, 2012
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 read more
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rockleefan
Aug 15, 2010
This is an odd one. I knew going in that the show completely changes half way through and I was expecting the second half to be less to my liking. Turns out I found the modern urban ghost story approach far more entertaining than the rather stale feuda-eral first half.
The animation is quite poor and it's very easy to spot the budget-saving moments of still backgrounds and stop animation scenes. The music is a lot more consistent though and I enjoyed the score for the first half. the sound in the second half is far more atmospheric.
In terms of character I thought the first read more
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