Kappa no Sanpei

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Synonyms: Sanpei the Kappa
Japanese: カッパの三平


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 13, 1993
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Takahashi Studio
Source: Unknown
Genres: AdventureAdventure, SupernaturalSupernatural
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #85932
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Sanpei is a lazy little 7 year old boy who rarely concentrates on anything beside eating his school dinners. Despite being constantly jeered at by his classmates for looking like a Kappa, Sanpei is a relatively happy go lucky boy that is quite content with living alone with his grandfather in the mountains.

One day, Sanpei's school announces that it will hold a swimming gala with the top prize being an all expenses paid trip to the big city of Tokyo. Sanpei resolves to enter the contest so that he can have the chance to visit Tokyo and meet with his Mother who seems to have been working there for as long as he can remember.

Unfortunately, Sanpei is not a very able swimmer and so decides to sneak off to a nearby lake to practice in secret. Sanpei quickly finds himself dragged under the water by a strong undercurrent and drowns only to find himself regain consciousness within the magical realm of the Kappa.

Thus begins Sanpei's journey as he befriends one of the Kappa children, Gartaro, and begins to learn the real whereabouts of his Mother and the reason behind his Fathers disappearance...

Characters & Voice Actors


Tanaka, Mayumi




Hirata, Toshio
Mizuki, Shigeru
Original Creator
Hirata, Shuuichi
Background Art
Yukimuro, Shunichi


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Sep 1, 2019
I was able to watch this movie in a special exhibition held here in Brazil. I had never heard of it, but since it revolved around kappas, I decided to check it out.

The story revolves around Sanpei, a young boy who lives in the countryside and really wishes to see his mom, who lives in Tokyo and who he hasn't seen in years. One day at school, the principal decides that he will take the students that win a minor swimming contest to Tokyo. Sanpei, who doesn't know how to swim, see in this an opportunity to be able to go to Tokyo and ...

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