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|Title (English)||A Tree in a Sunny Place|
|Title (Japanese)||Hidamari no Ki||Advertising|
|Notes||April 5, 2000-September 19, 2000 , no. of eps=25
Also on R2 DVD. First disk is VPBY-11074, 74 minutes long ( 3 episodes ) and costs 5800 Yen.
Based upon a manga by Osamu Tezuka from the early 80's.
|Synopsis||A story set in the mid-1800's about a young doctor who has been trained in Western-style medicine and a young samurai who is trying to live up to the old traditions of his class and culture.
The story is actually based upon real people - the doctor, Ryo-an, was Tezuka's great grandfather.
|Review||"Hidamari no Ki" is a serious historical drama based upon a manga by Osamu Tezuka from the early 80's. It is a story set in the mid-1800's about a young doctor who has been trained in Western-style medicine and a young samurai who is trying to live up to the old traditions of his class and culture. The story is actually based upon real people - the doctor, Ryo-an, was Tezuka's great grandfather.
The show was produced by Madhouse and the sound track is by the marvelous Keiko Matsui. ( If you don't know who she is, you aren't listening to enough contemporary jazz. ) The animation is good and the character designs nicely realistic. The disk is VPBY-11074, 74 minutes long ( 3 episodes ) and costs 5800 Yen.
The first three episodes of the story set up the two main characters - Ryo-an, who is a bit of a playboy and very enthusiastic about life, and Manjiro, a solemn young samurai who is struggling to live in the tradition of his class and family. Their paths continue to cross - they've run into each other in the past and don't necessarily get along too well - and now they both like the same young woman. Ryo-an then gets a chance to go off to Osaka to hone his skills and Manjiro gets involved in some of the local samurai power struggles.
The stories are leisurely paced, with intermittent bursts of action. There is no "magic" or "power" being used here - instead we have a bunch of very human characters making their way through life during turbulent and changing times. This is not a children's anime - the characters are adults and the situations are adult. All-in-all, its a refreshingly fresh and intriguing story. I'll definitely buy the rest of the DVD's, and the sound track. (Dave Baranyi)
The storysetting was quite realistic though there were some fictions as
Tezuka did. I am not into the anime series yet but am a big fan of the original manga.
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|Date||2000 April 5 - 2000 September 19|
|References & Help||Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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