Posted 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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    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 05:25 AM)
    @Friend, Emma re:young adult movies- Personally, I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go. The synopsis makes it seem like yet another dystopian flick, but the writing and world-building are provocative and the story itself thrilling. No word on how great/terrible the Hollywood version will be though, lol
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    But it’s better not to have any moderation at all. The endgame of moderating is AnimeSuki and I love AnimeSuki for what it is, but it’s not a fun place to talk to people. Forums like that should stay like that and this chatbox should stay how it is.
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    PSgels is moderating comments in the chatbox now?
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    @Aires, DRRR S2 isn’t being produced by Brains Base, the director started his own studio for it.
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    Im looking forward to SNAFU too! :3
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