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Mar 19, 2012 9:38 PM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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Oh man talk about tragedy galore. They got driven from their home, got separated from their mother, sold into slavery, the sister turned into a swan and still prior to that their maidservant turned into a mermaid, and finally their father was stripped of his rank after being falsely accused and died far away from them later. Thank the gods it was only one hour and a half movie, it this was a TV series the melodrama would spill in buckets, and lots of it. O_o

Anyway Zushio was bad-ass later, flicking the rain of arrows with just his horse whip! Even the little bear can catch and throw enemies several times bigger than itself. XD

I've seen the trailer prior to the movie so the guy narrating on the trailer (maybe he was the president of Toei at that time or something) explains this was released in celebration of Toei's 10th anniversary and after two years of production. For a 1960's anime production IMHO they really did a good job.
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Sep 3, 2012 12:10 AM

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beautiful animation and soundtrack - sort of a disneyfied version of ancient japan.......a bit cheesy, what with the talking animals and all, but all in all a fun watch - would love to check out more of the really old anime stuff, but it's very hard to find here in the west..........
 
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Feb 24, 2016 10:54 PM

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Good vs evil - Evil triumphs until 10 years later.

I liked the first half, fast paced with a direction. Second half slowed down considerably, especially during the journey to Kyoto. I wasn't a fan of Anju becoming a swan too, she didn't even die, unlike Kikuno, though I suppose, that's 1960's fairy tale for you.

The visual looks pretty good for its age.
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Aug 21, 2016 11:49 PM

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That was interesting - my first time watching something from this era of Japanese animation. Interesting how similar to Western animation of the same time period it is - like the talking animals etc. - very Disney-ish.

The overtones were darker than a Disney film though with all of the tragedy the family had to go through. For a film of this era I thought it looked and sounded great. The animation was lovely - I enjoyed the traditional look of the art style - how the backgrounds seemed to blend from one classical Japanese painting to another. The soundtrack was also enjoyable with it's basis in classical Japanese music.


 
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Apr 15, 2018 12:42 AM

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I got a Disney-ish vibe from the animals as well. The animation is very unique, even for the time it was made.

The story itself was pretty average. It's something everyone should watch at least once if you are interested in older animation and/or a historical piece. 5/10
 
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May 11, 2019 11:47 PM
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ToG25thBaam said:
Good vs evil - Evil triumphs until 10 years later.

I liked the first half, fast paced with a direction. Second half slowed down considerably, especially during the journey to Kyoto. I wasn't a fan of Anju becoming a swan too, she didn't even die, unlike Kikuno, though I suppose, that's 1960's fairy tale for you.

The visual looks pretty good for its age.

It was symbolic. She committed suicide so they cannot torture her to rat her brother.
 
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May 12, 2019 9:35 AM

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Sapphire_91 said:
It was symbolic. She committed suicide so they cannot torture her to rat her brother.
lol no clue why i didnt catch on to that, I remember reading something like that a long time ago. Thanks for clearing it up.
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