Aoi Bungaku Series
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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Blue Literature
Japanese: 青い文学シリーズ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 27, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Movic, Happinet Pictures, RAY
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen, ThrillerThriller
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 7.781 (scored by 4492344,923 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8722
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Popularity: #818
Members: 148,348
Favorites: 1,256
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Synopsis

Ningen Shikkaku
A high school student seeks solace in narcotics to escape the dispiritedness that has come over his life. As he goes through the different stages of his life, it culminates in the questioning of his existence in the world.

Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita
The adaptation of Ango Sakaguchi's literary work deals with the love story of a woman abducted by a mountain bandit.

Kokoro
While trying to fill the void in his life, a university student in Tokyo encounters a charismatic older man, whom he addresses as "Sensei," who offers him advice on life. However, the man is apprehensive to share his life experience, deepening the student's curiosity. Through this peculiar relationship, the student comes to ponder about the distance between him and his family and the growing desolation in his heart filled with ego and guilt.

Hashire, Melos!
The story portrays the unbreakable bond between two friends, Melos and Selinuntius, and their faith in protecting each other, all while dangling on a thread which hovers over death and misery.

Kumo no Ito
Kandata is a coldhearted criminal who, while being punished in Hell for his misdeeds, is noticed by the Buddha Shakyamuni. Despite maintaining a record of committing ruthless atrocities, Kandata had once shown mercy to a spider he encountered in the forest by letting it live. Moved by this, Shakyamuni offers him redemption by dropping a spider's thread into the searing pits of Hell, and it is up to Kandata to seize the opportunity.

Jigokuhen
Yoshihide is a great painter in the land ruled by Horikawa, a tyrant. Offered a commission to paint the "Buddhist Hell" by the lord, Yoshihide declines, as he cannot paint anything he has not witnessed himself. In an attempt to make Yoshihide understand the magnitude of his request, the lord tortures his subjects to provide inspiration for the artist, descending his domain into utter despair and darkness.

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Background

Aoi Bungaku Series is adapted from renowned modern Japanese literary classics: Osamu Dazai's Ningen Shikkaku and Hashire, Melos!, Ango Sakaguchi's Sakura no Miri no Mankai no Shita, Natsume Souseki's Kokoro, and Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's Kumo no Ito and Jigoku.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Takada
Main
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Japanese
Yoshihide
Main
Sakai, Masato
Japanese
Shigemaru
Main
Sakai, Masato
Japanese
Tsuneko
Supporting
Park, Romi
Japanese
Mitsuki
Supporting
Endou, Aya
Japanese

Staff

Araki, Tetsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Asaka, Morio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Nakamura, Ryousuke
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, 2nd Key Animation


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More reviewsReviews

Jan 10, 2011
trzr23 (All reviews)
For a long time now, the psychology genre has been dominated by the likes of Elfen Lied, Higurashi, Monster and Requiem for a Phantom. All these anime looked at psychology as the mindset of a murderer or the troubled past of the protagonist, and there were also shows like Death Note, which focused on the psychological warfare of two geniuses. This has been the way anime have defined the psychology genre for years.

But, as always, along comes a player that changes the way the game is played.

Aoi Bungaku Series thrusts you into the shoes of the protagonists and synchronizes their brain to yours. read more
Jan 30, 2010
Moonfrost (All reviews)
One thing I have learned after finishing this series, that the world and its society is a one cruel place full with violence, madness, and betrayal, or in the other hand, overpowered by those with the authority.

Story: 9/10
The Anime itself is divided into 6 different famous Japanese literatures made by famous authors from the past and all of the arcs has no connection with the others, but don't let this make you down because those 6 literatures sure were masterpieces indeed. You may prefer some arcs over the others, but overall it was a roller coaster full of emotions. One has to think deeper to read more
Oct 12, 2014
literaturenerd (All reviews)
Overview:

If you have never heard of Aoi Bungaku, don't be ashamed. It is NOT a well known series at all. This is unfortunate, because in both popularity and rating it is one of the most criminally underrated anime on all of MAL. What makes this anime good? I will try to do it some justice and explain.

Story: 10/10

Aoi Bungaku is an anthology of stories taken from classic Japanese literature. The most famous of the stories featured is the short novel "No Longer Human" which is covered in episodes 1-4. The story is about a tortured young artist who as a child was sexually abused read more
Mar 24, 2015
LebronsHairline (All reviews)
As a huge fan of the psychological (mostly thriller) genre, this anime was a diamond in the rough. I have not seen a series that did so well in presenting and going through human psychology. Not only that but, Aoi Bungaku also takes a look at issues involving human morality. The whole series consists of 6 works of fiction from Japanese authors. On the surface the idea sounds dull as it relates with classic Japanese literature, which as we’ve seen in multiple school SoL anime, are apparently a bore to read. Though I don’t know what the original pieces of read more

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Recent Forum Discussion

Aoi Bungaku OST nowhere to be found.
sdziscool - Nov 28, 2013
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11 hours ago
They are evergreen because they are Masterpieces??
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May 23, 2:19 AM

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