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Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon (1963)

Wanpaku ôji no orochi taiji (original title)
Prince Susano's mother dies; when his father tells him she has gone to another place, he sets off in search of her. He builds a boat and goes to see, first, his brother, in his crystal ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Morio Kazama ...
Susano'o (voice) (as Tomohito Sumita)
Yukiko Okada ...
Kushinada-hime (voice)
Chiharu Kuri ...
Akahana (voice)
Hideo Kinoshita ...
Tarô / Tsukuyomi (voice)
Setsuo Shinoda ...
Izanagi (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi ...
Wadatsumi / Kushinada-hime no chichi (voice) (as Masato Yamanôchi)
Shûichi Kazamatsuri ...
Tatakai no daijin (voice)
Noriko Shindô ...
Amaterasu (voice)
Kiyoshi Kawakubo ...
Titan-bô (voice)
Kinshirô Iwao ...
Hi no kami (voice)
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Prince Susano's mother dies; when his father tells him she has gone to another place, he sets off in search of her. He builds a boat and goes to see, first, his brother, in his crystal palace in the land of night (where he causes much damage to the palace, but his brother still gives him a magic ice crystal). Next, he fights the fire god, who gives him a magic bird after Susano defeats him, with help from the magic crystal and his little rabbit sidekick. Susano also picks up another traveling companion, a large but dim villager. Next, he goes to his sister, in the land of light. As with his brother, though, he causes much unintentional damage; his sister, who also happens to be the sun, goes off to hide in a cave. The frantic villagers stage a party (in the original legend, an orgy) outside the cave and trick her into coming outside again. Finally, Susano finds a little princess whose land is being threatened by an 8-headed dragon. With the help of a flying horse (who we later learn ... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Another classic from Toei Animation
23 December 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Here is an anime film I hadn't seen or heard of, until I had watched it online on YouTube. This colorful film retells the Shintō myth of the storm god Susanoo's battle with the eight-headed dragon, Yamata no Orochi.

But in this film, Susanoo is a young boy of a god who (despite his father's words) went on a quest to be with his beloved mother the goddess Izanami. He had misinterpreted that she had died and gone to Heaven. So with Akahana the rabbit and Bō a strong man from the Land of Fire, Susanoo sets out. After facing trials and getting into a "little" bit of trouble, Susanoo and his friends came across a young girl Princess Kushinada, who is in need of saving from the fearsome Yamata no Orochi who had killed her many sisters. Susanoo of course became infatuated with Kushinada, decides to help her. That is all I could tell you. You'll just have to watch and see the movie for yourself. You know, I thought Susanoo & Kushinada are a very cute child couple.

I really love the artistry that was put into this film! to me, it almost has the style of Disney personnel Mary Blair; also the musical soundtrack is beautifully done. Well overall, I love this film and thought it another classic from Toei Animation.


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