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Kenya Boy (1984)

Shounen Keniya (original title)
This cartoon, based on a popular manga (Japanese-style comic), centers on an 11-year-old boy who goes to Africa with his father in 1941. Because he is Japanese, the father is detained by ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Tomoyo Harada ... Kate (voice)
... Daisuke Murakami (voice)
... Yoko Murakami (voice)
... Von Goerrhin (voice)
Kyouji Nanami ... Prof. Schutein (voice)
Masao Ohtsuka ... Zega (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ... Agera (voice)
... Wakagi (voice)
Ryôichi Takayanagi ... Wataru Murakami (voice)
Kenji Tsutsumi ... Guray (voice)
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This cartoon, based on a popular manga (Japanese-style comic), centers on an 11-year-old boy who goes to Africa with his father in 1941. Because he is Japanese, the father is detained by the British. The boy joins up with a beautiful native girl, and the adventure begins, a sort of Young Indy Jones meets Tarzan. Written by Rob Richardson <robrich@heisei.com>

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Wonderful WWII anime set in Kenya
15 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Shounen Keniya", also called "Kenya Boy", is an 1984 Adventure-Anime directed by Tetsuo Imazawa and Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, and produced by Toei Animation.

Basic plot: Set in 1941, an young boy named Wataru Murakami goes to Kenya together with his father Daisuke. While in Kenya, they barely manage to escape from a couple of British soldiers, but end up getting separated from each other due to getting attacked by a rhino.

During his desperate search for his father, Wataru saves an old man from dying by sickness. The old man reveals himself as Zega, the chief of Masai Tribe. And together they sets out to find Wataru's missing father, even though they have to struggle through whatever danger they encounter, as well as meeting up with a pretty girl named Kate who claims to be a goddess. But the question is, will Wataru and his father ever get to see each other again...?

Having recently watched this anime feature not many minutes ago, I have to say: This film is just as amazing as it can get. The animation, and how Kenya is portrayed is wonderful. And throughout, this anime movie is pretty action-packed as it shows us various attacks performed by various animals and different violent tribes.

Also great with this movie is the fact this film seems to give us some lessons about having courage to overcome whatever wilderness dangers which are to be encountered. It even gives us, the audience, hope for Wataru, Zega, Kate and Daisuke's survival. Even I was hoping for said characters' survival.

Just to bad this film just don't seem to even exist in Norway. But still, I recommend this film to anyone who likes to watch adventure/action-packed animated movies in general. My overall rating: Simply a good 9/10.


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