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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: 6.991 (scored by 1479914,799 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #42242
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3874
Members: 33,443
Favorites: 87

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Nozawa, Masako


Kitaooji, Kinya


Hirata, Hiroaki


Hayashibara, Megumi


Genda, Tesshou


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


Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Mar 31, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Asura starts off with a very graphic backstory as to how the main character came to be, showing his gruesome birth and exactly what he had to go through pretty much immediately after being born. Lets just say Asura didn't have a great start in life, and because of that he basically became a wild animal who can't speak. The movie is fairly short so I'm going to do my best not to spoil anything, that is why I'm not going to go into too much detail about specific events.

Story(6): While this is probably the movies saving grace, it doesn't exactly "save" it. The ...
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 ...

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