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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 1486814,868 users)
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Ranked: #42562
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3907
Members: 33,620
Favorites: 88

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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


Aug 7, 2015
Asura claims to take us within the depths of human nature, but does it really? Asura tries to explore multiple concepts about human nature such as nature vs. nurture, human greed, despair, what people do backed in a corner, but unfortunatley falls VERY short of delivering a moral lesson. There's too much ambiguity involved to ever create a meaningful message, as everyone Asura kills is NOT justified. Even in the end it is very hard to sympathize or forgive Asura for his candid killing since I could relate to the opposing characters and the actions. There's no real life message to this story, which you ...
Jun 20, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Asura is not the typical kind of anime in that it's more grotesque in delivering a philosophical idea: what does it mean to be human? Are we a product of our environment? These types of themes can be seen in other anime, but this film uses the subject of cannibalism to drive this thought process, which is something I haven't seen done in anime before. During the entire movie, Asura has to face three powerful influences on his character: a monk, who stirs up Asura's fight against his beastly nature; Wakasa, who shows him love that he hadn't known since his mother ...
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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