Apr 1, 2012

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Folktales from Japan

Jeez… This year’s spring is really looking grim when it comes to anime. What’s with this show? I didn’t really read up on this one, so I was unpleasantly surprised when I started watching the first episode.

The artwork is horrible. It’s something that kids might enjoy, but it’s definitely not for me. It looks like a 90’s cartoon.

As for the story, well… There really is none? It’s basically a mix of stories that are being told throughout the episode. I don’t like that. I don’t want to be told a story. I just want to enjoy the show as I gradually get to know more about the show’s story, but that’s not the case here.

Anyway, do you have children, young children? Do they like anime? Are they capable of reading English at a steady pace? If so; give it a try with the first episode. Oh, I suppose some adults would like this type of anime as well, although I can’t seem to imagine it. No Folktales from Japan for me, thanks anyway.

Plot Summary: Like in any culture, Japanese kids grow up listening to the stories repeatedly told by their parents and grandparents. The boy born from a peach; the princess from the moon who is discovered inside a bamboo; the old man who can make a dead cherry tree blossom, etc. These short stories that teach kids to see both the dark and bright sides of life have passed traditional moral values from generation to generation.

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