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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076ON46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

At the peak of the Heian Era, famine and disease tear the country apart. Deadly assassins fill the court, and wild bandits infest the countryside.The legendary samurai Minamoto is sent on an Imperial quest for an artifactthat can restore the world. But his skill with the bow cannot save him from llness, and his young sister is forced to take his place. Hikaru Minamoto and her companions embark on a quest to find the Magatama to bring new life to Japan. Her survival in the emperor's court depends on one thing, she must keep her true identity hidden. At the peak of the Heian Era, famine and disease tear the country apart.

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The story strongly advances every episode and character development is strong.
C. Hoffmann
Its plot is well developed and the charaters are well defined making Otogi Zoshi a great viewing experience.
J. Perry
I highly recommend Otogi Zoshi to all anime fans, it is one of the BEST anime series out there!
C. Bender

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Parker on March 30, 2005
Format: DVD
I first encountered this series by accident as a fansub, and was hooked immediately. Equal parts historical drama, love story, action/adventure, and visual masterpiece, this is a compelling and enthralling story of dedication, bravery, heroism, and the discovery of love. The soundtrack and the artwork are lush, the writing is strong, and the animation is superb.

My DVD just arrived in the mail today, so I have yet to check out the English voice talent...but be brave! It's not that hard to read the subtitles, and the Japanese voice work is excellent.

It's going on my shelf right next to the Miyazaki collection. An excellent anime for people who like animation but don't like giant robots, magical girls, or painfully cute fuzzy animals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Kendrick on October 11, 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw the box for Otogi Zoshi a while ago and thinking that it would just be an anime based on the popular Xbox game I kept blowing it off. When I finally decided to actually read what it was about I became intrigued and now I am borderline obsessed. It has action which I will equate to that of Samurai Champloo (one of my favorites) and they have done their research as it shows quite beautifully. Note: Otogi Zoshi are short prose fiction. The characters are so vivid and have such captivating personalities. I have to also say that this is the best depiction of Abe no Seimei that I have seen in anime. To top it off they include lectures from Tokyo U to explain it all. If you love Japan, its history, or just think you do, buy it. If you love beautiful artwork, buy it. And if you love a good story that doesn't always have a happy ending, buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Bender on October 7, 2005
Format: DVD
Otogi Zoshi is set during Japan's Heian Era (794-1185) and is equal parts action, drama, and intrigue. Kyoto, the capital of ancient Japan has become a corrupt and run-down city, filled with self serving nobles, and onmyoji who only care about gaining political power. In the meantime, the city is suffering from famine and widespread disease.

Minamoto no Raiko, a reknowned archer and samurai is sent to recover a legendary gem called the magatama said to hold the power to restore the capital. But Raiko has fallen ill so his younger sister, Hikaru secretly assumes his identity and goes in his place. She and her loyal bodyguard Tsuna later meet new companions and have many exciting and dangerous adventures on the quest for the legendary magatama.

The animation is gorgeous to look at and the storytelling is superlative filled with lots of complex and memorable characters. The producers made special attention to historical details as you can see in the extra features section.

If you are looking for a change of pace from standard anime fare, this is definitely the series to watch. The main character is similar to "Kai Doh Maru" which I also have, but definitely this story is WAY superior of the two.

I highly recommend Otogi Zoshi to all anime fans, it is one of the BEST anime series out there!
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By A Customer on December 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Production IG, the company behind Blood: The Last Vampire and Ghost in the Shell has done it again. Those already familiar with the studio have come to expect a great deal from them, although they do slip up on occasion. (Kai Doh Maru...though I suspect that was really a simple experimentation on the part of the animation staff) But it would appear that their techniques were honed to perfection just in time for Otogi Zoshi.

Like all their productions, Otogi Zoshi has a very strong soundtrack, and their familiar 'RL' (Real Life) style of art manages to be luminous and jewel-toned even with a muted palette. Yet where Kai Doh Maru failed - lack of story and dialogue in spite of compelling subject material (The legend of the Kimiko) - Otogi Zoshi succeeds on every level. There's a little something for every kind of audience in this series: adventure, mystery, magic, action, romance...it's all present. The characters are extremely likeable and sympathetic: you can't help but NOT like them and empathise with their struggles. I am especially impressed by the strong and indomitable young heroine of the series, Lady Minamoto no Hikaru.

Finally, for the geeks and lovers of Japanese history and culture, there's a second disk that includes lectures on Japan's Heian period. (This switches to lectures on things such as architecture in the Tokyo arc of the series) I watched every single one of these extras - they go a long way to enriching the individual episodes. It is subtle touches like these that make Otogi Zoshi a series well worth owning. (In fact, get your hands on the soundtrack, too!)
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