Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Blue Literature Series 青い文学シリーズ (Aoi Bungaku Series)


An animated adaptation of six classical Japanese literature pieces:-

* No Longer Human, by Osamu Dazai (episode 1–4): The path of a man with intense feelings of alienation towards society and the feeling of "humanity".

* Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita, by Ango Sakaguchi (episode 5–6): 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, by Natsume Soseki (episode 7–8): 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!, by Osamu Dazai (episode 9–10): 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, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (episode 11): 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, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (episode 12): 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.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Historical, Literature, Poetry, 
             Suicide, Unrequited Love

Episode: 12 + 1 Movie

Original Run
Series: October 11, 2009 – December 27, 2009
Movie: December 12, 2009

1. We Say Hello     [Ending]


1. Ningen Shikkaku
Published: February 6, 2009 – April 21, 2011
Volume: 3

2. Ningen Shikkaku Kai
Published: February 19, 2010 – May 19, 2010
Volume: 1

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