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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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 01:53 AM)
    Nearly 20 years and this is the berserk sequel we end up with.
    It’s better than nothing I suppose.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:35 AM)
    But it’s basically been released netflix style.
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    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:35 AM)
    Oh wait it’s not on netflix.
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    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:32 AM)
    @Ratsgnof, Yep. Exactly that. Thats how Netflix does things. So you can watch the entirety of relife now.
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    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:17 AM)
    wait so they released the entire series in one day?
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:11 AM)
    ….well. I guess blogging relife episode by episode will be impossible. Seeing…as the entire series is out now. Netflix, I am not sure if this is a blessing or a curse.
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    I don’t have any quarrels with anyone in my neighborhood including my landlord, just with that guy from two days ago. This kind of thing doesn’t happen in my area at all and it’s all too suspicious to mark it off as a simple prank by some random punk. But nothing I can do but bitch about it now.
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    @Bam Of course I cut it, but only after the cops looked at it. The person who ziptied my mailbox is most definitely the neighbor that I “cut off” on my bicycle two nights ago.
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