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Encyclopedia > Kai Doh Maru
Kai Doh Maru
怪童丸
(Kaidōmaru)
Genre
OVA
Directed by Kanji Wakabayashi
Studio Production I.G.
No. of episodes
Released 2001

Kai Doh Maru (怪童丸 Kaidōmaru?) is an anime released as an OVA in Japan, 2001, and later by Manga Entertainment in the U.S. in 2003. Original Video Animation (OVA) is an acronym used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Production I.G, Inc. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Original Video Animation (OVA) is an acronym used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Manga Entertainment is a licensor and distributor of Japanese animation (anime) in the United States and United Kingdom. ...


Directed by Kanji Wakabayashi and produced by Japan's IG Plus / Production I.G., the film attracted anime star treatment received by other famous titles such as Ghost in the Shell.
Production I.G, Inc. ... This article is about the first film adaptation. ...


Story

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Set in the Heian period of Japan's history, the battle for political power and possession of the capital city, Kyo, rages. A young girl, Kentoki, is disguised as a boy by her father to protect her from her own family. Kentoki recalls events from her past indicating that her father had intended to place Kentoki as his successor, instead of her uncle. The following text needs to be harmonized with text in the article History of Japan#Heian Period. ...


When Kentoki's uncle kills her family to attain what he felt was his rightful position, Kentoki is chased into the mountain forests. Upon near capture she is rescued by the samurai Lord Raiko, leader of a faction from another city's defensive ministry known as "The Four Horsemen". This is where she begins earning the title of "Kai Doh Maru". Japanese samurai in armour, 1860s. ...


Kentoki is raised as a boy and as a warrior and soon joins the Ministry of Defense's Four Horsemen as a sort of permanent attache. While Kentoki begins developing emotional ties to Raiko, a figure from Kentoki's past resurfaces. ...


Ohni Hime, Kentoki's cousin, and now princess due to the seditious acts of her uncle, was once Kentoki's childhood playmate. Ohni Hime had once proclaimed her love for Kentoki (in the guise of a boy during that part of her youth), and even offered to take her hand in marriage. Ohni, now under the spell of a vicious ogre, believes she is coming to rescue her precious Kentoki. In so doing, she causes a great amount of destruction and damage, and ultimately must suffer greatly at Kentoki's feelings for Raiko. A statue of a red oni wielding a tetsubo. ...


Telling the tale

The story of Kai Doh Maru, or Kentoki, is a bit hard to follow—in English, at least. Much of the actual plot is often confirmed only by reading the preview, descriptions, or reviews of the movie. The viewer is often left to assume the outcome of certain events, some more obvious than others.


Ohni Hime, Kentoki's cousin, is perhaps the actual driving character in the movie. While the story of Kai Doh Maru states that Ohni is under a spell by an Ogre, the movie reveals slightly more than a very sedated acting princess accompanied by a young evil swordsman.

Spoilers end here.

A soft pastel theme is used throughout most of the feature, picked for its prevalence in Heian-era art. Bolder colors appear on occasion, standing out from the softer palette, providing a powerful contrast and emphasis. Special attention was paid to the coloring, using entire themes to present different ideas or emotions throughout the movie.


Many images of the temples and cities, and a few less integral objects such as statues or ox-carts, are CG artwork, or 3D models, allowing for a strict adherence to proper physical proportions and construction, into which the characters are seamlessly animated. CG means either computer graphics or computer-generated. ...


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THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 - Kai Doh Maru (736 words)
Short and bittersweet, Kai Doh Maru is an interesting, stylized look at feudal Japan with excellent animation and wonderful use of CG compositing.
Kai Doh Maru would be considered my most fans of "samurai action" films to be extremely boring.
In all Kai Doh Maru is an excellent film that is worthy of a look, but fans who enjoy action or prefer more well-developed characters will probably find it average.
Kai Doh Maru - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (633 words)
Upon near capture she is rescued by the samurai Lord Raiko, leader of a faction from another city's defensive ministry known as "The Four Horsemen".
While the story of Kai Doh Maru states that Ohni is under a spell by an Ogre, the movie reveals slightly more than a very sedated acting princess accompanied by a young evil swordsman.
Kai Doh Maru has been criticized among its English fanbase for being an incomplete story; much of the movie makes little sense and story elements seem to have little or no connection.
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