Kobutori (1929)

The Stolen Lump

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English: The Stolen Lump
Synonyms: Kobu-tori, His Snatched Off Lump, The Stolen Lump (1929)
Japanese: 瘤取り


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1929
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Source: Other
Genres: ComedyComedy, DemonsDemons
Duration: 10 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.921 (scored by 15941,594 users)
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Ranked: #88312
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Popularity: #8416
Members: 2,766
Favorites: 2

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In Kobu-Tori, an old man with a lump growing on his face takes refuge in a hollow tree during a thunderstorm. When he awakens, he finds the forest populated by mythic creatures. He dances with the sprites and as a reward, the creatures remove his deformity. Back in the village, he tells another man who has a similar growth on his face. Will the creatures bestow the same boon upon this other man?

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Jan 1, 2012
valaurelius (All reviews)
This animation is a difficult one to understand, however if you can understand that this animation is all about the first man and his 'gourd/Lump' then it becomes a whole lot better.

The actual animation of this is very impressive, though the techniques of anime has come in leaps and bounds, if you do prefer the older style of animation then this is a perfect example of it.

the sound is a difficult one, i watched this one you-tube, so i don't know whether this is the actual music.

Overall this is a great anime that may only be 10minutes long at best, it is still a read more
Apr 10, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Rate an 8
Seen via english subtitles

The current listed synopsis is wrong. While it is a story of two men that are opposites. The ___ removal was not a 'reward' but an act of insurance. Aside from that it delivers a kind message on hard work and honesty. Taking the short road in life like stealing can have some dastardly effects. Which made me laugh slightly and applause the ending.

Art -sepia

Background song was pleasant.

Explained well in the introduction. Nothing else was required.

A good short film to teach a naughty child a life lesson. As for us adults it is a nice reteaching on days where we read more
Oct 27, 2020
lucasotaku666 (All reviews)
this is the best anime ever i ever seen!

Story: 10

the story is beautiful,in all senses, the beginning doesn’t have much, but then when some villagers arrive things start to get very tense, and the story will be progressing more and more, to the level of simply enchanting the viewer with its totally intelligent script the original.
in short, I don't have much to say about the story, it is just fantastic in every sense.

Art: 10

I think art is very beautiful because it is very much in line with the animations and the type of animation of that time, and as it has almost no holes, read more

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