Asura

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ashura
Japanese: アシュラ

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.061 (scored by 1271612,716 users)
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Ranked: #34212
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Popularity: #3185
Members: 28,380
Favorites: 77
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Synopsis

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.

Background

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

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Characters & Voice Actors

Asura

Main
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese

Shichirou

Supporting
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese

Houshi

Supporting
Kitaooji, Kinya
Japanese

Wakasa

Supporting
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese

Jitou

Supporting
Genda, Tessyo
Japanese

Staff

Satou, Keiichi
Director
Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director
Kominami, Yasuha
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance
Watanabe, Kumiko
Background Art


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Ending Theme

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



Mar 25, 2013
SquirrelLuvsPnut (All reviews)
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 read more
Nov 12, 2012
5camp (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 14, 2013
tsubagakure (All reviews)
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!
Mar 31, 2013
Fintan (All reviews)
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 read more

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