Kai Doh Maru


Kai Doh Maru 怪童丸, Kaidōmaru is an original video animation OVA anime directed by Kanji Wakabayashi and produced by the Japanese animation studios Production IG and SME Visual Works It was released on December 19, 2001 in Japan and on July 29, 2003 in the United States by Manga Entertainment In Australia, it is distributed on DVD by Madman Entertainment

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Set in the Shōryaku and Chōtoku eras of Japan's Heian period, Kai Doh Maru is set against a background of a capital under threat from disease, outlaws, and political plots The story reworks themes from Japanese folklore, focusing on the relationship between Sakata no Kintoki Kintarō and Minamoto no Raikō, one of the first military Minamoto and "monster hunters" of folklore1 The story replaces the traditional image of Kintaro - a strong, ruddy-cheeked man2 - with that of a determined, tomboyish girl, while retaining much of the traditional character such as the carrying of an axe3 Other historical figures from the period who have also become objects of folklore, such as Fujiwara no Michinaga and the rebel Taira no Masakado also make an appearance

The story begins at Mount Ashigara in Sagami Province in the Shōryakuera, where the young Kintoki is caught in a bloody family feud Disguised as a boy by her father to protect her from her uncle's ambitions to take over the family, Kintoki's memories of her childhood indicate that she was intended as the next head of the family She is almost killed by her uncle when he kills her family in a coup, but is rescued by the arrival of the warrior Minamoto no Raikō, who takes her back to the capital

There she grows up and joins Raikō's band of warriors, known as the "Four Heavenly Kings" Shitennō, and grows very close to Raikō, though their apparent feelings for each other remain undeclared Five years later in Chōtoku 1 she joins Raikō and his associates in policing the capital during a period of unrest caused by an outbreak of disease and bandits from Oeyama Unbeknownst to Kintoki, the bandit leader Shuten Dōji is in fact her cousin, Ohni-hime Ohni-hime is unaware that Kintoki is not a man, and has come to Heian-kyō to "rescue" him The Oeyama bandits are secretly acting in cooperation Fujiwara no Michinaga, who hopes to use the chaos they cause to extend his control over the government This results in the burning of the capital by Shuten Dōji and her follower Taira no Masakado In the fighting, several of Raikō's associates are killed and Kintoki is abducted by Ohni-hime, forcing Raikō to seek her out in the bandit's Oeyama lair4

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Sansom, George 1958 'A History of Japan to 1334' Stanford, California: Stanford University Press
  2. ^ 研究社新和英大辞典 Kenkyusha Japanese-English Dictionary, "Kintarō"
  3. ^ http://wwwsonymusiccojp/Animation/kaidohmaru/introduction/character/kintokihtml
  4. ^ http://wwwsonymusiccojp/Animation/kaidohmaru/introduction/story/indexhtml

External linksedit

  • Official website Japanese
  • Kai Doh Maru OVA at Anime News Network's encyclopedia


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