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Title (English) Adventures of Little Samurai
Title (Japanese) Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke

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Fantasy Novel

Notes A.k.a. "Magic Boy" 83 mins.
Classification -
Review This is a very rare anime; in fact it's one of the earliest anime movies made, dating from 1959, if I have identified it correctly! I think it's "The Adventures of Little Samurai", directed by Taiji Yabushita. In the story, the young hero, who has some magical powers, battles against a bad witch. It's directed for the most part in an epic style, and as can be seen from the illustrations it looks more like a woodblock print than a modern anime. As though uneasy with this, the animators have inserted some slightly sinister fantasy toy animals, presumably to make it look like an animation for children.
Credits directed by Taiji Yabushita
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Date 1959
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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