Momotaro, Sacred Sailors Acquired by Funimation

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Share this page

We are proudly a Play-Asia Partner

SUPPORT OPRAINFALL BY TURNING OFF ADBLOCK

Ads support the website by covering server and domain costs. We're just a group of gamers here, like you, doing what we love to do: playing video games and bringing y'all niche goodness. So, if you like what we do and want to help us out, make an exception by turning off AdBlock for our website. In return, we promise to keep intrusive ads, such as pop-ups, off oprainfall. Thanks, everyone!

By


Momotaro_Sacred-Sailors_Still

Funimation has acquired the distribution and theatrical rights to the restored edition of Momotaro, Sacred Sailors. At 76 minutes and over 50,000 animation cells, the film is heralded as one of the very first feature-length anime. It was written and directed by Mitsuyo Seo near the tail end of World War II as propaganda. With Funimation’s help, the film was shown at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics program.

Momotaro is a spin on the classic Japanese fairytale of the same name, though the boy born from a peach fights monsters that represent the Allied Powers in the film. Funimaton provided a synopsis:

On the eve of a parachute mission during the war in the Pacific, a group of navy paratroopers, a monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and a bear, go home for a brief visit before heading off with their squadron to their base in the South Pacific. Lead by boy warrior Momotaro, the squadron prepares to attack the enemy on Devil’s Island.

On the eve before the attack, we learn why Momotaro and his squadron are called “sacred sailors.” A story is told of a ship with white men arriving at a beautiful island. The captain tricks the king into thinking they are merchants and he welcomes them on the island. Quickly thereafter, the crew reveal themselves as pirates and then plunder the island.  All that remained was a legend that “sacred sailors will come from the east” who will “free the people.”  Momotaro and his compatriots are these sacred sailors.

SOURCE

About Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper graduated Ball State University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Professional Writing. Originally joining Operation Rainfall as an anime news writer, he also writes gaming news and dabbles in reviews. His one true love in life is Xenosaga, and he prays daily for a fourth game.




  • Andrewmated

    This is really cool; I’d like to see it.

  • Didney Worl

    Wow, I would’ve expected Discotek to release this. This isn’t something Funimation would usually distribute. Either way, I love classic animation so this is definitely going on my preorder list.