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Encyclopedia > Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji

Wanpaku Ôji no Orochi Taiji (わんぱく王子の大蛇退治 - literally "The Naughty Prince Slays the Giant Serpent") is an anime film produced by Toei Animation, released in Japan on March 24, 1963. A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) (pronounced ah-nee-may) is a style of cartoon animation originating in Japan, with distinctive character and background stylings that visually set it apart from other forms of animation. ... Toei Animation (東映アニメーション Tōei AnimÄ“shon) is a Japanese Animation (anime) studio owned by the Toei Company. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in Leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...

This anime film tells the story of the god Susanoo (as a cute boy), whose mother Izanami had passed away. He was deeply hurt by the loss of his mother, but his father Izanagi told him that once she had died, she had gone to the heavens. Despite Izanagi's warnings, Susanoo eventually sets off to find her. Along with his companions Akahana (a little talking rabbit) and Taitanbo (a strong but friendly giant from the Land of Fire), Susanoo overcomes all obstacles in his long, wonderous voyage. He eventually comes to the Izumo Province, where he meets a little girl, Princess Kushinada, whom he becomes friends with (He also thought she was so beautiful that she looks like his mother Izanami). Kushinada's family tells Susanoo that their other seven daughters were sacrificed to the fearsome eight-headed serpent, the Orochi. Susanoo was so infatuated with Kushinada that he decided to help her family protect her and slay the Orochi once and for all, as he, Akahana and Taitanbo prepare for the spectacular showdown . . . Susanoo, (Japanese: 須佐之男命, Susanoo-no-mikoto; also romanized as Susano-o, Susa-no-o, and Susanowo) in Shinto is the god of the sea and storms. ... In Japanese mythology, Izanami (J:イザナミ meaning She who invites) is a goddess of both creation and death, as well as the former wife of the god Izanagi. ... Izanagi is a deity in Japanese mythology and in Shintoism. ... Genera Pentalagus Bunolagus Nesolagus Romerolagus Brachylagus Sylvilagus Oryctolagus Poelagus Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae, found in many parts of the world. ... Izumo (Japanese: 出雲国; Izumo no kuni) was an old province of Japan which today consists of the eastern part of Shimane prefecture in the Chugoku region. ... Yamata no Orochi (八岐大蛇; often called Orochi in English) is a monster in Japanese mythology. ...

This is also one of the few anime films to have music by famed music composer Akira Ifukube. Ifukube was given more time to write his score for this film than most of the other films he has composed for. Some of this film's music was also featured in two episodes (including the first episode) of the anime series Mazinger Z. Akira Ifukube (伊福部 昭 Ifukube Akira, 31 May 1914 – 8 February 2006) was a Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, perhaps best known for his work on the soundtracks of the Godzilla movies. ... Mazinger Z The Movie DVD cover Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ or マジンガー・ゼット), also known as Tranzor Z, is the name of a manga by artist Go Nagai, first published in Japan in 1972, and turned into a long-running anime television series later in the same year. ...


  • Producers: Hiroshi Okawa, Sanae Yamamoto
  • Director: Yugo Serikawa
  • Writers: Takashi Iijima, Hideaki Sugawara
  • Music: Akira Ifukube
  • Animation Director: Yasuji Mori
  • Assistant Director: Isao Takahata



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