Posted by psgels on 5 February 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews


Saiei is of course a great source for the raw watcher who’s interested in ancient gems that nobody’s heard of. They recently added three new movies, among which is Andersen Monogatari. Having never heard of the movie, I expected to see some WMT-esque kaleidoscope through Hans Christian Andersen’s most well known stories.

What I got… was something completely different.

For those who thought that anime in its infancy has no creativity whatsoever when compared to today’s standards…. this movie is here to prove you wrong. The movie was produced in 1968, and seriously: it’s one heck of a crack job. The movie somehow features Hans Christan Andersen as a ten year old boy, and we see his childhood through all sorts of references to the stories and characters that he later was going to write, helped by… a bratty cat, a bunch of mice and a very weird old guy who flies with an umbrella. I wouldn’t be surprised if the creators were under influence of god knows what sort of drug when they wrote this.

Ultimately though, despite all of the weirdness it’s a pretty good fantasy movie, and especially the kids will love the singing and all of the random ideas and fantasies thrown at the screen. As for the more older viewers, it’s obviously going to be a matter of taste: it’s not for everyone, but if you’re into the childish stuff (and don’t care how childish you can get) and happen to locate this movie, then it’s a pretty good recommendation. The animation is also its time very far ahead for an anime that was produced in the sixties. As for myself, there were some particular scenes where I really burst out with laughing (that dog was awesome), and the few serious parts are also really nicely integrated with the randomness of the rest of the movie. Just don’t expect any common sense in this one.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 9/10

One Response

  1. windy says:

    I like childish cartoons , I’ll try this one for sure, thanks for giving us ideas of what to watch!

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  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:59 PM)
    @K-Off I love the old banner… ;_;
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:59 PM)
    @Vincent I like the idea. I think the key to making it work is imagining an alternate timeline for the world in which Europe and Asia are hamstrung and the Americas get a lot more time to develop so that the first contact with the West isn’t so catastrophic. Like what if all of Asia and Europe were devastated by plague?
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:39 PM)
    I think this site could use a new banner myself. I’m guessing that it’s been around for quite some time.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:32 PM)
    Or as it is better known as, gondola lifts.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:31 PM)
    @k-off Okay, then maybe cable trams?
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:29 PM)
    @Vincent The glider transportation is definitely something straight out of Gargantia; too fantasy-like for a realistic alternative history depiction.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:26 PM)
    Not trying to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, just telling you my opinion.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:25 PM)
    If you depict them in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century, it’d feel much more authentic IMO, and you’d get to add more technologies like the telegraph and automobile.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Bam @Friend @Vincent I like the idea, but I have one gripe: the industrial revolution didn’t happen in South America (and Mexico, for that matter) during the same time as the United States and Europe. They got into the game pretty late. Therefore, a depiction of the Inca in the 19th Century would be quite boring, as the technology wouldn’t have had the time to drastically alter the way they lived in any way.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:14 PM)
    But I admit that a paragliding city travel system is far-fetched. The Inca could just be fine with walking up mountainous slopes to commute from one part of the city to the other.

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