The ancient Chinese town of Taoyuan is populated exclusively by Taoist ascetics. The elder, Lao Shi, conducts research on magic and alchemy, while his pupil Zhi Huang is more interested in the pleasures of the flesh. He fell in love with three beautiful sisters who live close by.
And another gem from 1963 arrived. And what a great piece was that. Funny, weird, very, very old and overall extremely entertaining in every possible way u can think of.
Sennin Buraku is known for being the very fist real ecchi anime of all time, another worthy time gem from 1963. Didn't expect that from this particular title. Sweet mother of God what a fun I had.
Well, it's quite simple story. 3 sexy sisters and everything around them - more or less erotic in some archaic sexual ways. Hilarious af, honest and very, very funny. Everything takes place in some chinese village in
nowhere. Full of symbolism, Taoism and beliefs but everything sexualised to the maximum level. A lot of nudity and slapstic humour, great gags and good plot, even if it's basically about a married man who's after sex with 3 young sisters. A lot of alchemy and bodychangings tho. Mix-up of everything, but the very first one.
I love the art here. Very old-school but greatly detailed, focused on classic art and paintings, caricatural and very refreshing. Weird back then and even weirder today. The character design is truly a masterful work, amount of different characters is gret, every is different and recognisable in full. Everything in old-school black and white. Locations are great, classic and backgrounds detailed, different without copy-paste locations. Truly among the greatest designs back in the day.
Well, no opening no ed, short eps with some music but... well, sound mix is AGAIN terrible, sometimes really bad and awfully recorded. Vioces are barely recognisable, music tho, is quite okay as on the other hand and there's a lot of sexual dancings and shit. Unfortunately whole sound, as usually, lacks in decent quality and good editing. Voice sync is as well far from being perfect. But if u actually used to old animes it's nothing really bad and it's very easy to get used to it.
Well, we have our 3 sisters, basically main fuel for the plot, sexualised to the maximum and still... respectful, greatly written with some reliable backstory. We have as well young monk/taoist apprentice that instead of focusing on religion focuses on the sisters, funny fat guy mentioned above and the main taoist elder, another perv that likes to watch girls changing etc etc. Gallery full of typical ecchi characters. A lot of fun apparently, much more that expected.
I've been laughing most of the screening, like laugh a lot. Funny gags, a lot of sex and nudity, everything mixed in nice mild sauce constantly delivering loads of fun and ecchiness at it's finest. As for 56yo anime amount of joy, fun and enjoyment is stunning not to mention it's archaism is basically one of the strongest parts of the show.
Yeah, didn't expect that from the show. I knew it's going to be nice and fun, however, didn't expect that much fun. Decent animation along with great, stupid and very 'ecchi' story gives great combination of respect for anime lovers, great humour, amazing setting, some poor sound and above all - good and reliable show. Nothing more to expect from the mother (and father) of all ecchis. And still delivers more that it actually should. Sometimes 'older' means 'better' and in this case it's definitely like that.
23 episodes (well, 21 as 2 episodes are lost forever unfortunately) went smooth, fast (max 11-12 minutes each) and very nice. Great amount of respect for the audience, nicely done production that is as well an great piece of animation history delivers until today loads of fun. What more we can wish from precedessors?
And bonus, I posted all 21 available episodes on youtube: