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Anime: The Life Of Guskou Budori

The Life of Guskou Budori (Guskou Budori no Denki) is a 2012 anime movie based on the Japanese fairy tale of the same name, and an earlier 1994 movie version. The 2012 remake turns the humans into cats, with the same designs as in Night on the Galactic Railroad, an earlier work based on a fairy tale by the same creator.

Guskou is a cat who lives in the Tohoku forests in northeastern Japan in the 1920s. A series of droughts and natural disasters forces Guskou to leave home and search for a new place to live.

He soon falls in with a group of scientists at the Ihatov Volcano Department and discovers that they are dealing with the same natural disasters that have altered Guskouís life.

The trailer can be seen here.


This movie contains examples of:

  • Cat Folk
  • Magical Realism: Every now and again Guskou will enter the Otherworld after passing out or falling asleep.
  • Scenery Porn: This movie is pretty, as evidenced by the trailer.