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Koushoku Ichidai Otoko


Alternative Titles

English: The Sensualist
Synonyms: The Life of an Amorous Man
Japanese: 井原西鶴 好色一代男

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 18, 1991
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Unknown
Duration: 55 min.
Rating: Rx - Hentai

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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #6283
Members: 1,430
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Synopsis

The OVA is based on incidents in the novel Koshoku Ichidai Otoko (The Life of an Amorous Man) by Saikaku Ihara (1642-1693).

The libertine Yonosuke has spent his life in quest of sexual pleasure. Disowned by his father when he is 18, 16 years full of changes and errantry begin for him. At the age of 34 he inherits great wealth after his father dies and forgives his son.

When Yunosuke is 57, one of his tailors named Juzo comes to see him before setting out for Edo. Juzo has unwisely made a bet with a rich merchant that he will sleep with Komurasaki, the most renowned courtesan in Edo, at the first meeting. If he succeeds he will win a villa, but if he loses he will lose his manhood. Yunosuke is astounded as he knows how hard the high rank courtesans are to get. The best courtesans, tayu, as well as being beautiful, were highly cultured, being educated in poetry, calligraphy, painting, tea ceremony and other arts. They would sleep with a client only on the third night, the other two nights being taken up with greetings and other social niceties. Humble men, to whom they were 'untouchable' looked up to them with adoration and respect.

Indignant, Yunosuke takes Juzo to Edo and enables him to meet Komurasaki. Juzo is a laughing-stock at the tea-house because of his nervousness, and soon becomes drunk. He clumsily spills wine over the courtesan's kimono. Unperturbed, she goes out and returns wearing a fresh, identical garment.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yunosuke
Yunosuke
Main
 
Juzo
Juzo
Supporting
 
Komurasaki
Komurasaki
Supporting
 

Staff

Abe, Yukio
Abe, Yukio
Director, Art Director
Yamamoto, Eiichi
Yamamoto, Eiichi
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BikeJones
Sep 14, 2011
This was a very interesting little film. Based off of a novel from the Edo period, it does well at capturing the atmosphere of the time. The art style was far and beyond almost anything I've seen before. It took a traditional, almost Ukiyo-e style of Japanese art and animated it into a consistently beautiful thing to look at. However, art style alone can not support a film. While the story certainly had nothing wrong with, it truly wasn't anything special. While somewhat suspenseful, occasionally amusing and amounting to an interestingly bizarre ending, the plot never really immerses the viewer as much as its art read more
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