Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku

Alt title: Osamu Tezuka's Buddha: The Great Departure

Movie (1 ep x 111 min)
3.523 out of 5 from 318 votes
Rank #4,878

The time is several millennia ago; the place is India. Droughts and famine plague the country, and its people are forced into a strict caste system that rewards only the elite cream of the crop. Across the land animals and Brahmin alike rejoice, for the blessed child with a birthright to become a god is about to be born. His name is Siddhartha Gautama, later to be known as the Buddha. Meanwhile, in another kingdom, Chapra, a boy born into a life of slavery, is determined to break free of his caste and earn a position of power. As both Chapra and Siddhartha grow and mature, learning about the harshness of India's caste system, the choices they make lead them closer together.

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" This was the moment Siddharta first pressed his hands together in prayer. " " Siddharta. one who has accomplished his goal. " " You, who can accept the burden of the suffering of others on your own shoulders...You will find the path you must take. It was only later that he became the Buddha, also know as the enlighted one " Well this movie was something on a different level, it was breath taking and unique.  Story: Well at first glance i expected it to be movie only about Buddha and not only his past, which was quite dissapointing. They basically only showed his past and event in that era when there was a lot of slaves trafficking, people living in poverty that had to steal to survive. Also story was very confusing from the beggining to the end and it was more focused on other characters than Buddha itself, or should we call him " prince " cause that fits more in this movie, cause they only showed a small glance at the ending about him becoming Buddha and going to search for the answer.Also it was very sad story, and characters struggling through poverty and prince enjoying his life, and he never saw life behind the wealthy life  until somewhere aroung middle of the movie, where he meet Migaila ( minor character ), girl that grow up in poverty.She had a lot of inpact on his view on the world and other poor peoples. Anyway it was very confusing but interesting story that was also depressive and sad for me, but kinda dissapointing ( and when i said kinda i mean just a little bit ) Animation: Now this was very good, it was way much better than i expected it to be. You could see how they put effort in every single detail but some scenes were a little bit rushed. Sound: Well it was good. And also outro song is really nice. Characters: This is where i felt kinda dissapointed. Siddharta Gauitama aka " Budhha " is good guy from royal family that doesn't really fighting and seeing other people suffer. Pretty much you can describe him as good guy from rich family that isn't looking down on other poor people or people with weak social status.He doesn't care about other peoples opinion that he shouldn't talk to poor and weak people. Also his voice acting was kinda bad if you ask me, i mean you could get guy from the street and he would do it better. Chapra aka " Best swordman in kingdom ", " General " is the character that was getting attention most of the time.You can describe him as goodbay guy ( really don't know how to describe it, it's unique ) which grow up in a poverty and saw a lot of people dead. There wasn't really much of his feels in this movie except him showing his  love for his mother and reversed. Tatta  aka " Guy with mystical power " he is the character that i didn't really get much, he was basically once time with Chapra, and then Chapra went to become general and that's when all his trails are losing. But he isn't fully without feelings, he showed anger , chillness and i don't really know what much to say about him.. sorry :P Overall: As i statead in beggining, this movie was capable of so much and confusing story and voice acting kinda bringed it down a little bit. Anyway it's enjoyable and decent movie that can be watched.They will probably show more in sequel to this movie ( Buezuka Osamu no Buddha: Owarinaki Tabi ) If you liked this review, follow me on Anime-Planet as aprecciation :)

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