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    Aoi Bungaku Series

    Aoi Bungaku Series

    An animated adaptation of six classical Japanese literature pieces, including No Longer Human (Ningen Shikaku) and Run, Melos (Hashire, Melos) by Osamu Dazai, Kokoro by Natsume Souseki, Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) and The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita) by Ango Sakaguchi.

    Alternative Titles:

    lit. Blue Literature

    Stories Adapted

    • No Longer Human: The path of a man with intense feelings of alienation towards society and the feeling of “humanity”.
    • Sakura no mori no mankai no shita: A forest bandit finds a beautiful maiden in the forest and takes her to be his wife, but she is more than she seems to be.
    • Kokoro: A young man lives in Tokyo as a renter with a widow and her daughter. He invites his childhood friend, a monk, to come live with him, hoping to help him. When the monk falls in love with the widow’s daughter, it drives a rift between them. The story is narrated from two points of view, the man’s and the monk’s.
    • Run, Melos!: A playwright writes a play based on the story “Run, Melos”, and deals with his own feelings of betrayal towards his childhood friend.
    • The Spider’s Thread: Kandata, a cruel and evil bandit is executed and lands in hell. The one good thing he had done in his life was to not kill a spider he met in the city. The spider drops him a thread to climb up into heaven. His elation is short-lived, however, as he realizes that others have started climbing the thread behind him.
    • Hell Screen: Yoshihide, the greatest painter in the country, is commissioned to draw his greatest work, an image of the king’s country inside his mausoleum. In the despotic king’s realm, Yoshihide can see nothing but the suffering of the commoners. He decides to make his last work a tribute to the country as it really is.

     


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