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Aoi Bungaku Series (青い文学シリーズ, "Blue Literature Series") is a twelve episode anime series featuring adaptations inspired by six short stories from Japanese literature. The six stories are adapted from classic Japanese tales. Happinet, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, McRAY, MTI, Threelight Holdings, Movic, and Visionare were involved in the production of the series. Character designs were provided by manga artists Takeshi Obata (eps. 1–4, 7–8), Tite Kubo (eps. 5–6, 11, 12) and Takeshi Konomi (eps. 9–10).[1]

Contents

1 Stories adapted 2 Reception 3 References 4 External links

Stories adapted[edit]

No Longer Human, by Osamu Dazai
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
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 Sōseki
Natsume Sōseki
(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
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
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
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.

Reception[edit] Emmanuel Bahu-Leyser from the French Animeland found it exceptional to have such realistic, deep and mature stories to be adapted into anime. He went further by describing the series as a gold nugget both culturally and technically. On the negative side, he noted that the adaptation quality is uneven between the teams.[2] References[edit]

^ "Madhouse's Aoi Bungaku Posts Staff, Cast Lineup". Anime
Anime
News Network. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2016.  ^ Bahu-Leyser, Emmanuel (2 February 2010). " Aoi Bungaku Series Animation Littéraire". Animeland (in French) (158): 39. ISSN 1148-0807. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official anime website (in Japanese) Aoi Bungaku (anime) at Anime
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Works of Madhouse

Masao Maruyama Osamu Dezaki Rintaro Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Films

1980s

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
Unico
(1981) Natsu e no Tobira
Natsu e no Tobira
(1981) Haguregumo
Haguregumo
(1982) Harmagedon (1983) Unico
Unico
in the Island of Magic (1983) Barefoot Gen (1983) Lensman (1984) The Dagger of Kamui (1985) Barefoot Gen 2
Barefoot Gen 2
(1986) Phoenix: Ho-ō (1986) Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger (1986) Wicked City (1987) Neo Tokyo (1987) Twilight of the Cockroaches
Twilight of the Cockroaches
(1987) Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (1988)

1990s

A Wind Named Amnesia
A Wind Named Amnesia
(1990) Urusei Yatsura: Always, My Darling (1991) Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll
(1993) Anne no Nikki
Anne no Nikki
(1995) Memories (segment Stink Bomb) (1995) Yawara!
Yawara!
Special
Special
- Zutto Kimi no Koto ga (1996) X (1996) Perfect Blue (1997) Clover (1999) Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (1999)

2000s

Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura
Movie 2: The Sealed Card (2000) Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) Metropolis (2001) Millennium Actress
Millennium Actress
(2001) Di Gi Charat - A Trip to the Planet (2001) WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002) Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road (2003) Nasu: Summer in Andalusia (2003) Tokyo Godfathers
Tokyo Godfathers
(2003) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) Paprika (2006) Cinnamon the Movie (2007) Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007) Piano no Mori
Piano no Mori
(2007) Hells (2008) Summer Wars
Summer Wars
(2009) Mai Mai Miracle
Mai Mai Miracle
(2009) Redline (2009) Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

2010s

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (2010) The Tibetan Dog (2011) The Princess and the Pilot
The Princess and the Pilot
(2011) Wolf Children
Wolf Children
(2012) Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge (2013) Death Billiards (2013) Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission (2013) No Game No Life: Zero (2017) Kimi no Koe o Todoketai (2017)

Television series

Pre–2000s

Nobody's Boy: Remi (1977–1978) Treasure Island (1978–1979) Galactic Patrol Lensman (1984–1985) Yawara!
Yawara!
(1989–1992) DNA²
DNA²
(1994) Azuki-chan
Azuki-chan
(1995–1998) Trigun
Trigun
(1998) Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura
(1998–2000) Master Keaton
Master Keaton
(1998–2000) Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden (1998–1999) Super Doll Licca-chan (1998–1999) Pet Shop of Horrors
Pet Shop of Horrors
(1999) Jubei-chan: The Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch (1999) Di Gi Charat (1999–2001) Reign: The Conqueror (1999) Magic User's Club
Magic User's Club
(1999) Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden V (1999–2000)

2000–2005

Boogiepop Phantom
Boogiepop Phantom
(2000) Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran (2000) Hidamari no Ki
Hidamari no Ki
(2000) Sakura Wars (2000) Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! (2000–2002) Beyblade
Beyblade
(2001) Galaxy Angel
Galaxy Angel
(2001–2004) Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (2001) Chance Pop Session (2001) Magical Meow Meow Taruto
Magical Meow Meow Taruto
(2001) X (2001–2002) Aquarian Age: Sign for Evolution (2002) Chobits
Chobits
(2002) Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
(2002) Pita-Ten
Pita-Ten
(2002) Dragon Drive
Dragon Drive
(2002–2003) Hanada Shōnen Shi (2002–2003) Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat (2002) Rizelmine
Rizelmine
(2002) Mirage of Blaze
Mirage of Blaze
(2002) Ninja Scroll: The Series (2003) Texhnolyze (2003) Gungrave (2003–2004) Gunslinger Girl (2003–2004) Uninhabited Planet Survive!
Uninhabited Planet Survive!
(2003–2004) Di Gi Charat Nyo! (2003–2004) Gokusen (2004) Jubei-chan: The Counter Attack of Siberia Yagyu (2004) Paranoia Agent
Paranoia Agent
(2004) Tenjho Tenge
Tenjho Tenge
(2004) Monster (2004–2005) BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004–2005) Sweet Valerian
Sweet Valerian
(2004) Strawberry 100% (2005) Akagi (2005–2006) Paradise Kiss (2005) Oku-sama wa Joshi Kōsei (2005)

2006–2010

Kiba (2006–2007) Strawberry Panic!
Strawberry Panic!
(2006) NANA (2006–2007) The Story of Saiunkoku (2006–2008) Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon
(2006) Yume Tsukai (2006) Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
(2006–2007) Kemonozume
Kemonozume
(2006) A Spirit of the Sun
A Spirit of the Sun
(2006) Death Note
Death Note
(2006–2007) Tokyo Tribe 2 (2006–2007) Claymore (2007) Oh! Edo Rocket (2007) Princess Resurrection
Princess Resurrection
(2007) Dennō Coil
Dennō Coil
(2007) Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry
(2007) Shigurui (2007) Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji (2007–2008) Neuro: Supernatural Detective (2007–2008) Mokke
Mokke
(2007–2008) MapleStory (2007–2008) Ani*Kuri15
Ani*Kuri15
(animated sequence) (2007–2008) Chi's Sweet Home
Chi's Sweet Home
(2008–2009) Allison & Lillia (2008) Kamen no Maid Guy (2008) Top Secret ~The Revelation~ (2008) Kaiba
Kaiba
(2008) Ultraviolet: Code 044 (2008) Casshern Sins
Casshern Sins
(2008–2009) Kurozuka (2008) Mōryō no Hako
Mōryō no Hako
(2008) One Outs
One Outs
(2008–2009) Stitch!
Stitch!
(2008–2010) Chaos;Head (2008) Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (2009) Rideback (2009) Sōten Kōro
Sōten Kōro
(2009) Needless
Needless
(2009) Kobato
Kobato
(2009–2010) Aoi Bungaku (2009)

2010s

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin (2010) The Tatami Galaxy
The Tatami Galaxy
(2010) Highschool of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead
(2010) Marvel Anime
Anime
(2010–2011) Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen (2011) Hunter × Hunter
Hunter × Hunter
(2011–2014) Chihayafuru
Chihayafuru
(2011–2013) The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
(2012) Btooom!
Btooom!
(2012) Photo Kano (2013) Sunday Without God
Sunday Without God
(2013) Hajime no Ippo: Rising (2013–2014) Ace of Diamond
Ace of Diamond
(2013–2016) Magical Warfare
Magical Warfare
(2014) The Irregular at Magic High School
The Irregular at Magic High School
(2014) No Game No Life
No Game No Life
(2014) Hanayamata (2014) Parasyte
Parasyte
-the maxim- (2014–2015) Death Parade
Death Parade
(2015) My Love Story!!
My Love Story!!
(2015) Overlord (2015–present) One-Punch Man
One-Punch Man
(2015) Prince of Stride: Alternative (2016) Alderamin on the Sky
Alderamin on the Sky
(2016) All Out!!
All Out!!
(2016–2017) ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. (2017) A Place Further than the Universe
A Place Further than the Universe
(2018) Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (2018) Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (2018) Boogiepop and Others
Boogiepop and Others
(2018)

OVAs

1980s

Wounded Man (1986–1988) Phoenix: Yamato / Space (1987) Bride of Deimos
Bride of Deimos
(1988) Demon City Shinjuku
Demon City Shinjuku
(1988) Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
(1988–1989) The Enemy's the Pirates! (1989) (episodes 1 and 2) Goku Midnight Eye
Goku Midnight Eye
(1989)

1990s

Cyber City Oedo 808
Cyber City Oedo 808
(1990–1991) Record of Lodoss War (1990–1991) Devil Hunter Yohko
Devil Hunter Yohko
(1990–1995) Doomed Megalopolis (1991–1992) Yawara!
Yawara!
Soreyuke Koshinuke Kizzu (1992) Tokyo Babylon
Tokyo Babylon
(1992–1994) Zetsuai 1989
Zetsuai 1989
(1992, 1994) Battle Angel (1993) Mermaid's Scar (1993) The Cockpit (segment Slipstream) (1993) Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals (1994) Phantom Quest Corp.
Phantom Quest Corp.
(1994–1995) Clamp in Wonderland (1994, 2007) Spirit Warrior (1994) Bio Hunter
Bio Hunter
(1995) Birdy the Mighty
Birdy the Mighty
(1996–1997) Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (1997–1998) Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)

2000s

Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey (2002–2003) Trava: Fist Planet (2003) The Animatrix
The Animatrix
(animated sequence) (2003) Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura (2003) Lament of the Lamb
Lament of the Lamb
(2003–2004) Aquarian Age: The Movie (2003) Di Gi Charat Theater - Leave it to Piyoko! (2003) Tsuki no Waltz
Tsuki no Waltz
(2004) Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
(2005) Last Order: Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy
VII (2005) Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase (2007) Batman: Gotham Knight (animated sequence) (2008) Hellsing
Hellsing
Ultimate V-VII (2008–2009)

2010s

Supernatural: The Anime
Anime
Series (2011) Arata-naru Sekai (2012) Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013) Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)

Video games

Earnest Evans
Earnest Evans
(1991) Wild Arms (1996) Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (2010) Persona 2: Eternal Punishment PSP OP (2012) Persona 4 Golden OP (2012) Persona 4 Arena
Persona 4 Arena
OP (2012) Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (2013) Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (2014)

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