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Writers:
Takafumi Takada (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
29 April 2011 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
A 15-year-old boy goes 1200 years back in time to find his unlikely destiny as the savior to end the war between humans and demons. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Kensho Ono ... Jun Tendô (voice)
Satomi Ishihara ... Mizuha (voice)
Takashi Kondô ... (voice)
Shotaro Morikubo ... (voice)
Kentarô Itô ... Kinta (voice)
Yasuyuki Kase ... (voice)
Sôsuke Komori ... (voice)
Masaaki Tsukada ... (voice)
Ryuji Aigase ... (voice)
Shunsuke Sakuya ... Kishin (voice)
Kenta Miyake ... Sanjin (voice)
Kanako Tôjo ... Hishin (voice)
Chikara Oosaka ... Doshin (voice)
Ikuo Nishikawa ... (voice)
Akio Nojima ... (voice)
Katsuhisa Hôki ... (voice)
Anri Katsu ... Military Officer (voice)
Yukitoshi Tokumoto ... Military Officer (voice)
Yoichi Masukawa ... Military Officer (voice)
Hidenori Takahashi ... Military Officer (voice)
Taira Kikumoto ... Military Officer (voice)
Ryô Iwasaki ... Military Officer (voice)
Mayuno Yasokawa ... Misaki Tendô (voice)
Mutsumi Tamura ... Isao Tendô (Child) (voice)
Tôru Nara ... General Gaki (voice)
Mari Adachi ... Elementary School Student's Mother (voice)
Mayuki Makiguchi ... Elementary School Student (voice)
Kei Tomoe ... High School Girl (voice)
Nozomi Morimoto ... High School Girl (voice)
Mio Yamada ... High School Girl (voice)
Takafumi Takada ... Townsperson (voice)
Mizuki Tsujimura ... Townsperson (voice)
Takako Nakamura ... Townsperson (voice)

Shidô Nakamura ... Gen'un (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andrew Beckham ... Onigamiden

Directed by
Hirotsugu Kawasaki 
 
Writing credits
Takafumi Takada (based on the novel by)

Naruhisa Arakawa (screenplay) &
Hirotsugu Kawasaki (screenplay)

Original Music by
Ryûdô Uzaki 
 
Art Department
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... storyboard artist
Tetsuya Nishio .... character design
Hidekazu Ohara .... storyboard artist
Mamoru Sasaki .... storyboard artist
Katsuhiro Ôtomo .... conceptual designs (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
 
Sound Department
Blake Collins .... dialogue editor
Blake Collins .... sound recordist
 
Animation Department
Rumi Abe .... secondary key animator
 

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Also Known As:
"Onigamiden" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence and scary images
Runtime:
100 min
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An Anime for The Younger Set, 17 July 2011
Author: Alison from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jun is an ordinary middle-school boy, except for his unusual birthmark which takes the form of a dragon on his chest. Because of that birthmark, he is abruptly whisked back in time, to the medieval Heian era. That era is remembered for being a peaceful time, but in fact humans, led by sorcerer Gen'un and warrior Raiko, are battling demons called the Oni, and Jun has been summoned back to awaken and control the legendary dragon, Orochi, in the fight. But the humans and the Oni are not quite what they seem, and both sides are desperate to enlist Jun, and Orochi, to their cause in this long-running conflict. Jun, however, is uncertain where the truth lies amid all the contradictory information he receives from each side, and he thinks maybe the best thing to do is simply to stop the fighting....

This anime film reminded me a good bit of YA fantasy novels, or perhaps novels for a slightly younger (say, 9-12) set, in that Jun is a typical Everyboy who must fight his insecurities and doubts to become the hero (indeed, Gen'un constantly calls him "Saviour") he is meant to be in a fantasy realm before he can return to his own time, having grown stronger and wiser in the process. Each frame of this film is hand-drawn, and some of the imagery is quite beautiful, while the supernatural battle scenes are quite epic in scope. Not a film to think about very hard after viewing, but an eye-pleasing spectacle to watch.

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