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Synonyms: Ashura
Japanese: アシュラ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2012
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.001 (scored by 1429714,297 users)
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Ranked: #39962
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Popularity: #3664
Members: 32,149
Favorites: 86

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Asura is an unrelentingly dark drama that follows the struggles of a young boy who did whatever it took to survive during a time of war and famine in medieval Japan.


Winner of the Excellence Award on the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Satou, Keiichi
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Sound Director
Kominami, Yasuha
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics
Ike, Yoshihiro


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Ending Theme

1: "Kibou" (希望; Hope)" by Yasuha Kominami
2: "Trash" by Yasuha Kominami

Nov 12, 2012
Asura kicks off with a pregnant woman giving a quite graphic birth to a boy, before she beats a wild dog to death with a nearby axe. As we can see, things are looking pretty grim in this world. Everyone is dying and the only way to survive sometimes is to resort to cannibalism. This baby eventually leaves his mother (after she throws him onto a fire with the intent of eating him) and becomes a wild child who runs across the countryside, eating other dying people.

To be fair to the producers of Asura, there probably was a time in history when the outlook for ...
Mar 25, 2013
What makes a monster? Are some men born monstrous or are they simply a product of their time? This film forces the viewer to struggle with these kinds of questions. What would we be willing to do in order to survive? Can we even fathom what people had to do so long ago and how can we possibly judge them? Asura has shocked and touched me in a way an anime film has not since Grave of the Fireflies. The title character is designed to look very much like an oni of folklore, but the viewer is reminded very quickly first and foremost he is ...
Apr 14, 2013
can you find the light in such a darkened dying world?
can you keep that light shining?
i never thought that 'asura' would bring me down to my knees.. in a brief winking moment my eyes witnessed all the blood and gore, the crescent carnage and madness surrounding. but in a subtle and suspended animation you can feel the beauty embracing you. a big round of applause for this timeless masterpiece..
and in the end if you can't feel any kind of compassion towards asura, i say you're the beast!

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