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Kai doh maru (2001)

Set in the Shoryaku and Chotoku eras of Japan's Heian period, the animated short Kai Doh Maru is set against a background of a capital under threat from disease, outlaws, and political ... See full summary »





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Credited cast:
... Usui-no-Sadamitsu (2003) (voice)
... Ohni-hime (Shuten Dohji) / Additional Voices (2003) (voice) (as Corrine Orr)
... Additional Voices (2003) (voice)
... Urabe-no-Suetake (2003) (voice)
David Rhodes ... Ibaragi Dohji: Masakado / Additional Voices (2003) (voice)
Larry Robinson ... Fujiwara-no-Michinaga (2003) (voice)
Flavio Romeo ... Watanabe-no-Tsuna (2003) (voice)
Mitsuki Saiga ... Kintoki Sakatano (voice)
... Meiko (2003) (voice) (as Kathleen McInerney)
... Minamoto-no-Raiko (2003) (voice)


Set in the Shoryaku and Chotoku eras of Japan's Heian period, the animated short Kai Doh Maru is set against a background of a capital under threat from disease, outlaws, and political plots. The story reworks themes from Japanese folklore, focusing on the relationship between Sakata no Kintoki (Kintaro) and Minamoto no Raiko, one of the first military Minamoto and "monster hunter" of folklore. The story replaces the traditional image of Kintaro - a strong, ruddy-cheeked man - with that of a determined, tomboyish girl, while retaining much of the traditional character such as the carrying of an axe. Other historical figures from the period who have also become objects of folklore, such as Fujiwara no Michinaga and the rebel Taira no Masakado also make an appearance. Written by dmh2000

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Looks fantastic but lacks depth
21 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This OVA is set in feudal Japan; a time when the capital is threatened by banditry and disease. Young Kintoki is caught up in a family feud but is rescued from her murderous uncle by Raiko; one of a band of warriors. She is raised as a boy and five years later she is a skilled warrior. She gets caught up in battles but also develops feelings for Raiko.

The first thing to say about this OVA is that it looks stunning; the artwork based on the style of Japanese art at the time. This animation nicely combines both 2D and 3D elements. The central story is interesting but I can't help feeling if it would have been better used as the basis for a series rather than an OVA. As it was there is little time to show the character development... one minute Kintoki is being rescued the next she is a warrior; we don't see anything in between or learn much about the world she is in. There is a medium amount of action and this looks pretty good; it is also fairly bloody with some scenes that might upset animal lovers even if the horses are only drawings. Overall I think this is worth watching; more for the visuals than the story.

These comments are based on watching the Japanese version with English subtitles.

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