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One day, an old man goes to the mountain while an old woman goes to the river – and there she finds a magical surprise: a giant peach! After taking it back to their house, the two are even more surprised to discover that the peach bursts open, revealing a bouncy baby boy inside. This boy, Momotaro, grows and matures to be an outstanding young man, capable of even fighting demons!
Issun-boshi, a miniature boy, bids his parents farewell and floats down a river in a soup bowl with chopsticks for oars and a sewing needle for a sword. Now on a grand adventure, Issun-boshi meets a princess, battles a demon and saves the day!
Taro, a strong and powerful samurai, is lounging on a hillside when he’s suddenly assaulted by a large demon hand! From there, he must battle a variety of evil spirits with rocks, his fists, and whatever else is available – with even a bear by his side!
One day, a kind fisherman saw a giant sea turtle being bullied by a pair of children. Out of empathy the fisherman pays the children and saves the turtle – but he’s no ordinary turtle! Soon after, the man embarks on a grand adventure under the sea, with the help of his newfound friend.
Both Urashima Taro and Nihon-ichi Momotaro are old anime shorts based upon classic Japanese folktales, so if you hold more than a passing interest in fairytales form around the world, it's well worth checking out both of these.