Pika Don

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Synonyms: Pica-don, Picadon, Pikadon, Pika-don
Japanese: ピカドン


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1978
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Source: Unknown
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 9 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.301 (scored by 402402 users)
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Ranked: #71832
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Popularity: #11566
Members: 847
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An animation documentary describing the tragic consequences of the A-bomb explosion in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. The flash of the A-bomb, 100 times brighter than the sun, is called "PICA", and the enormous shock wave which came right after the flash is called "DON". At the time this film was completed, it was the very first attempt in the world to deal with such a sensitive subject of Hiroshima using animation media. Because of this short film, the City of Hiroshima decided to establish the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in 1984, appreciating animation art as an effective medium.

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Kinoshita, Renzo
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Dec 7, 2020
Morvick (All reviews)
For the day of my life,i never seen an anime with such meaningful message to me or maybe others.
The story is all about hiroshima atomic bomb,only bomb? No!
They suffer from radiation,explosion,pain, and losses!
I watch it in 144p,so the art is just 5
The sound is great,about how terrifying an atomic bomber plane coming to bomb innocent people
Character designs is just freakin creepy after the radiation,like the evangelion cosmic horror stuff
War is not a good thing,isn't it? -Zeke Yeager
War only causes shock,pain,tragedy,bad ending,sufferring And losses

Overall:10 for a meaningful message
Nov 7, 2012
Moudaijoubu (All reviews)
There are very few anime that make an impression in less than 10 minutes. This feeble attempt at showing the events of Hiroshima's devastation at the end of World War Two, however, managed to do just that.

The story is simple, and clear. There is happiness, and life. Then confusion. Then death.

Made in the 1970's, the art is even simpler than the story, but manages to capture the everyday world of Hiroshima in 1945 well enough in only 9 minutes. In fact, there is a ghostly beauty to the children playing, the soldiers going to work, and young girls going to school. The whole read more
Jan 7, 2010
wichuraiana (All reviews)
Three-quarters of Pica-don is peaceful Japanese people going about their peaceful Japanese duties. The other quarter is Japanese people melting and fusing into skinless, lifeless, monstrous creatures.

Pica-don attempts to describe the indescribable shock and horror the atomic bomb brought to Japan. It is a worthy attempt, with a style that begins as smoothly and cleanly as a propaganda film then melts into surrealism. It's not the best of the Hiroshima anime memoirs out today - with seven minutes and no dialogue, it's difficult to portray any real emotion - but it's the first. And because it manages to be so hard to watch, it's a read more


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