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Anime Profile: Barefoot Gen

USA Info
Japanese Info
Barefoot Gen Hadashi no Gen(はだしのゲン) Barefoot Gen
2 Movies 2 Movies
August 8, 2006(DVD)(Geneon) July 21, 1983
Streamline Pictures(VHS release), Geneon(DVD release) Madhouse/Aoni Production/Gen Productions
  Kenji Nakazawa
  Mamoru Shinzaki
Drama, Historical Drama, Historical
Eiko Nakaoka Eiko Nakaoka
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Eizou Eizou
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Gen Nakaoka Gen Nakaoka
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Kimie Nakaoka Kimie Nakaoka
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Mr. Pak Mr. Pak
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Anime Characters: Barefoot Gen

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Eiko Nakaoka Eiko Nakaoka Mr. Pak Mr. Pak
Eizou Eizou Ooyoshi Ooyoshi
Gen Nakaoka Gen Nakaoka Seiji Seiji
Kimie Nakaoka Kimie Nakaoka Shinji Nakaoka Shinji Nakaoka

Anime Description: Barefoot Gen

In the summer of 1945, Gen Nakaoka was just trying to get along in a world of rationing in WWII-era Japan. However, he was just your average kid, getting into mischief and enjoying life, mostly because his hometown - Hiroshima - was spared the near-constant bombings that plagued the rest of the islands.

However, everything changed on August 6, when Hiroshima was obliterated in the very first atomic bomb attack. Now with only his pregnant mother and brother with him, Gen has to find the strength and confidence to survive this new age which threatens his and his remaining family's existence.

These two movies were based on the manga by Kenji Nakazawa, which is a microcosm of what he had endured in the wake of the atomic bombings in Japan.

Anime Description: Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen takes place near the end of World War II, when the U.S. and Japan are currently at odds. During the Summer of 1945, three years have passed since the war between the two countries began.

The story is about a 6-year old boy named Gen who lives in Hiroshima. Living in poverty, Gen's family is suffering from malnutrition. His father and pregnant mother struggle to make ends meet. However, history is about to make things much much worse for Gen's family. And their lives will change dramatically with the dropping of a bomb....

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