The Hakkenden

The Hakkenden

The Hakkenden is a OVA show by AIC in 2 strings, the second subtitled Shinshō. A television series sequel, Shin Hakkenden, headquartered in 1999. The anime is based on the epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden written by Kyokutei Bakin during the latter half of the Edo Period. In 106 volumes, the publication conveys the distinction of being the longest novel in literature. The Hakkenden is known for its unique approach to animation, switching between distinct styles all through the whole period of the collection. The show can be noted for its heavy usage of symbolic imagery and motifs, allowing the show to straddle the line between art and animation. It's also famous for introducing a view to your literary classic, yet since concepts such as devotion and feudal loyalty are closely scrutinized and re-examined during many of the conflicts in the story. Even the"THE" at the front of the title is not, in fact, a formality of translation, however, an actual part of the title written in English, perhaps preferred by the series' writers to deliberately convey that feeling of modernity.
Release: 1990-10-25
Genres: Animation
Casts: N/A
Duration: 24 min
Country: Japan