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Magic Boy (1959)
"Shônen Sarutobi Sasuke" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Adventure  |  22 June 1961 (USA)
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A young Japanese boy climbs a mountain in search of a magic wizard. The youth finds the wizard, and is tutored by him. Reinforced with magic powers, the boy eventually fights, and defeats ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Katsuo Nakamura ...
Yukimura Sanada (voice)
Hiroko Sakuramachi ...
Oyû (voice)
Teruo Miyazaki ...
Sarutobi Sasuke (voice)
Tomoko Matsushima ...
Okei-chan (voice)
Tokuko Sugiyama ...
(voice)
Shunji Sakai ...
Batta no Miyoshi (voice)
Kenji Susukida ...
Akira Kishii ...
(voice)
Ryôei Itô ...
Okera no Kinta (voice)
Kazuo Kishida ...
Gatekeeper (voice)
Mitsuko Asô ...
(voice)
Kuniko Kashii ...
(voice)
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Gonkurô the Mountain Storm (voice)
Kasei Kinoshita ...
(voice)
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A young Japanese boy climbs a mountain in search of a magic wizard. The youth finds the wizard, and is tutored by him. Reinforced with magic powers, the boy eventually fights, and defeats the evil witches of down under. Written by Artemis-9

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This was the first anime feature ever to be released in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Magician: Way up there on a mountain top lives a hermit, who is the only one who can teach you the magic that you seek to learn. But the mountain is too *high* for a little *boy* to climb.
Sarutobi Sasuke: I will climb it. And see the hermit. He will teach me magic. But who are you?
[turns around]
Sarutobi Sasuke: Hmm? He's gone!
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The start of anime? An early classic.
26 November 2002 | by (stockport, england) – See all my reviews

I saw this on first release, on the big screen. Released by MGM (Japan).

It has since been shown on UK satellite tv, but a long fight sequence seems to have been cut short. The transformation fight has some similarities to the later transformation fight in Disney's The Sword in the Stone - if you can watch the two back to back, the differences in style and tone are quite interesting.

Magic Boy is relatively primitive compared to modern anime, however you can still see the attention to detail, and the importance of the story telling. The sheer determination of our little hero is quite something to behold.

Worth checking out if you can find it and like modern anime.


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