Happy Birthday: Inochi Kagayaku Toki


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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ハッピーバースデー 命かがやく瞬間
English: Re-Birthday
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 27, 1999
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Magic Bus
Source: Book
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: IyashikeiIyashikei
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 19 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.051 (scored by 15371,537 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #41362
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #8899
Members: 4,342
Favorites: 22

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After being abused by her mother physically and mentally Asuka gets taken in by her grandparents. Slowly she learns her own worth as a human being and overcomes many obstacles.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Dezaki, Tetsu
Yamamoto, Naoki
Director of Photography
Sakai, Kyuuta
Key Animation
Takahashi, Atsuko
In-Between Animation


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Ending Theme

"TRUE SONG" by Izumi Katou (加藤いづみ)


May 15, 2013
You owe it yourself to watch this movie. I agree with most of what the previous person stated in their review.

I find it sad that a movie of this quality (ignoring the animation and sound issues) can go unnoticed and unappreciated for so long.

This English sub is quite good, again the animation and sound are not the best, but I think anyone who really loves Anime and wants to see everything Japan has to offer should watch this.

My personal opinion (keep in mind it is my opinion) is that if someone re-made this movie for western audiences it would be very well received.
Jul 6, 2012
I can't believe I never knew of this thing's existence until JUST now! I seriously can't believe it! Where has this movie been all my life?! This thing is just amazing! Wonderful, sublime, awesome, tear-jerking, emotional, beautiful, heartbreaking, I'm running out of adjectives! Worst of all, WHY IS THIS THING NOT SUBBED YET?!? Well, Licca Subs seems to have interest in subbing it, but they better do so once they have time, because this anime movie NEEDS a sub! How did I see this, you ask? Well, the only footage of this movie I could find was from a Russian fansub group, and I don't ...
Jul 17, 2023
*Warning! Heavy Spoilers!*

Story: 3
Art: 3
Sound: 5
Character 3
Enjoyment: 3
Overall: 3

This will be a review for the anime “Re-Birthday”, a film that so few on MAL have seen yet is considered a hidden gem. Were this film to reach the wider public by some obscure, low-budget, 70s kids anime-oriented youtube channel like “AnimeEveryday” I have no doubt that it would be absolutely beloved by the entirety of MAL. As you can infer I didn’t really enjoy this movie and there are good reasons for it.

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