Magic Boy | 少年猿飛佐助 Animezing


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

From the legendary Toei Animation studio comes the first full- length animated feature produced in Japan to reach the shores of the United States!

Magically gifted boy Sasuke lives in peace, deep in the forest with his animal pals and Oyu, his elder sister. After their forest sanctuary is violated by a demon witch who devours one of Sasuke's animal companions, Sasuke vows vengeance. Leaving the forest, he sets out to master his magical gifts, making a pilgrimage to the home of the wizard Hakuunsai. While Sasuke learns the ways of magic, Yakusha, the demon witch, terrorizes the countryside, and Sasuke works to complete his training in time.

Magic Boy, aka Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke, is a classic piece of anime history - the first full-length animated feature produced in Japan to reach the shores of the United States.

Please note this film is presented in English.



Kazuko Nakamura joined Nichido in 1956, just before it was renamed Toei Animation. She worked as an in-between animator on Toei’s first feature films, Hakujaden (1958) and Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke (1959). Nakamura later left Toei to join Mushi Pro, the animation studio founded by Tezuka Osamu. She worked on many of their early series, including animation for Astro Boy (1963) and later as animation director for Princess Knight (1967-68). She was the head animator for two of their adventurous Animerama feature films aimed at adults: A Thousand and One Nights (1969) and Cleopatra (1970).

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