Folktales from Japan - Reviews

Alt title: Furusato Saisei: Nippon no Mukashibanashi

vakarthi's avatar
Jan 28, 2016

This is my first review. As an Asian and an outsider to Japanese culture I enjoyed the short stories which reflected the Shinto and Buddhist culture beautifully. Some stories have a moral, others are meant to explain the reasons for certain customs/rituals/ habits for Japanese children to follow. It is primarily aimed at a Japanese audience in my opinion but I enjoyed them just the same - I kept thinking about how similar Indian folk tales were and how some mythical creatures were similar in depiction in contrast to western folklore. The animation is simplistic but serves the purpose of conveying a sense of antiquity to the story being narrated. The themes of the story vary over a wide range so it is difficult for me to give it a rating, besides I feel it would be too self-righteous of me to be ranking the storylines of folktales (these tales have existed for generations whether I like the story or not) . The animation style and quality varies from episode to episode.

7/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall
NaiveTCell97's avatar
Jun 25, 2020

Very cute little episodes about traditional folklore from Japanese culture.

I started watching in the evening when I couldn't sleep, and I found it very appealing to teach about different cultures and religions, that I hadn't known so much about.

Since its also told in short episodes, it's easy got anyone of many age ranges to understand and appreciate, despite being targeted towards small children.

5/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
?/10 characters
7/10 overall
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